NFL Survivor Pool Picks Week 10: Advice and Predictions
Underdogs put forth a strong effort in Week 9. While they may have gone 4-9 outright, they were 8-3-2 against the spread across the slate of games. The New York Jets had the most notable upset by taking down the Buffalo Bills by a score of 20-17. The selection pool continues to narrow as the season progresses, so it will be time to begin getting creative with some picks. The Ravens, Bengals, Patriots, and Jets are each set to take their bye week this week. Excluding these options, here are the best Week 10 survivor pool picks ranked from strongest to weakest.
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New York Giants (-6.5) over Houston Texans
The Giants have continued to produce wins despite the skepticism regarding their play. They have moved to 6-2 on the year and have a terrific chance to keep this going against a 1-6-1 Texans team. Houston is on a three-game losing skid and ranks 30th in rushing yards allowed on the season. Expect the Giants to feed Saquon Barkley and for this to be the driving force to a comfortable victory.
Chicago Bears (-3) over Detroit Lions
Despite their 3-6 record, the Chicago Bears have been playing some solid football of late. They are coming off a 35-32 loss to the Dolphins in which Justin Fields ran for an impressive 178 yards and tallied four total touchdowns. While the 2-6 Lions are coming off a 15-9 victory over the Packers, this is not as notable result as it has been in past years. The Bears’ offense has scored at least 29 points in their last three matchups, and the Lions defense ranks last in the NFL by allowing 29.3 points per game. Don’t expect the Lions to have the necessary firepower to keep up and for the Bears to secure the victory.
Kansas City Chiefs (-9.5) over Jacksonville Jaguars
The 6-2 Chiefs possess the best offense in the NFL and average 30.4 points per game as well as leading in passing yards. The Jaguars are riding some momentum after their come-from-behind victory over the Raiders but are averaging just 22.1 points per matchup. With the home crowd behind them, and Patrick Mahomes continuing to play at a high level, don’t be surprised if this game enters blowout territory.
Las Vegas Raiders (-6.5) over Indianapolis Colts
While you should be a little nervous to select the Raiders in any matchup at this point, this is a great chance for them to get in the win column. The Colts have been a disaster to start the season and finally had enough by firing Frank Reich this week. With Jeff Saturday set to take the reins, and no coaching experience above the high school level under his belt, this could be cause for concern. With a new play caller, new coaching staff, and the Colts offense already showing little signs of life already, this is a recipe for disaster for Indianapolis. Have faith in the Raiders to use their talent and pick up a win.
Dallas Cowboys (-5) over Green Bay Packers
It may be time to stop waiting for Aaron Rodgers talent to kick in and accept that this Packers team may just not have the talent. The Packers offense ranks 27th in scoring, and the team is coming off a 15-9 loss to the Lions in which Rodgers threw three interceptions. The Cowboys will be coming off their bye week with a 6-2 record and feature the third-best scoring defense in the NFL. Count on the Cowboys defense to shut down the Packers and for Green Bay to further be sent into a spiral on the season.
Monday Night: Philadelphia Eagles (-11) over Washington Commanders
The Eagles likely had their worst performance of the season last week but still managed to secure a 29-17 victory over the Texans. The Commanders saw a spark from inserting Taylor Heinicke into the starting lineup, and he did everything he could to keep the team in the game. Regardless, the Eagles are the more talented team on both sides of the ball and will be playing in primetime in front of their home crowd. Expect them to take care of business and cruise to a win.
Miami Dolphins (-3.5) over Cleveland Browns
The Browns will have some momentum as their last time on the field was the Monday Night victory over the Bengals and they had their bye week last week. However, the Dolphins have looked to be a complete team this year and possess one of the most dangerous offenses in the NFL. Miami is 9-1 straight up in their last 10 home games, while the Browns are 1-7 in their last eight away games. Expect the Dolphins offensive firepower to be too much and for them to advance to 7-3 on the year.
Arizona Cardinals (+3) over Los Angeles Rams
The Rams got the better of Cardinals in their Week 3 matchup by a score of 20-12. Neither team will be fully satisfied with their season’s results as the Cardinals hold a record of 3-6, while the Rams are 3-5. Arizona has gotten a boost from DeAndre Hopkins, who has tallied 26 receptions for 298 yards in his three games back. The Rams have struggled offensively this year, ranking 29th in scoring and 31st in yards. Take the Cardinals to get the win and even the season series.
Buffalo Bills (-5.5) over Minnesota Vikings
The Bills picked up a shocking loss last week at the hands of the Jets to move to 6-2 on the season. The Vikings are no joke and come in 7-1 with spirits high within the team. The biggest storyline to watch is the status of Josh Allen, who picked up an elbow injury in the loss. Buffalo is still an incredibly talented team. And if he can suit up, they can be relied on for a bounce back win. Both Allen and the Bills have flashed the mental toughness to bounce back in the past and will be looking to make a statement. However, keep an eye on the injury report before having confidence in this one.
Thursday Night: Atlanta Falcons (-3) over Carolina Panthers
These two teams faced off less than two weeks ago, with Atlanta picking up a 37-34 victory despite PJ Walker’s late-game heroics. The 4-5 Falcons have shown some promising signs this year and will have Cordarrelle Patterson making his return to help with the running game. Atlanta is 8-2 straight up in their last 10 matchups against the Panthers and have not lost any of their last four games in Carolina. Expect them to make a statement against the fourth-worst scoring defense in the NFL and produce a victory.
New Orleans Saints (-2.5) over Pittsburgh Steelers
The Saints have been extremely inconsistent this season, but the Steelers have been bad. Pittsburgh ranks 31st in scoring, 29th in passing touchdowns, and 27th in rushing touchdowns. Kenny Pickett is going through his rookie growing pains and has been inconsistent in his decision making. Expect the Saints to capitalize and play like the better team, although they have not proven why this is the case very often this year.
Tennessee Titans (-3) over Denver Broncos
The Broncos have shown more signs of life than was the case early in the season and hold a record of 3-5. While Tennessee may rank last in the NFL in yards per game at 278.5, 142.3 of these have been on the ground. Denver ranks 21st in the NFL in rushing defense and are allowing 122.6 per game. This matchup will likely be won or lost in the trenches, and it is difficult to bet against Derrick Henry when this is the case. Look for the Titans to pick up the win and move to 6-3 on the year.
Sunday Morning: Seattle Seahawks (+2.5) over Tampa Bay Buccaneers
In a matchup set to take place in Germany, the Seahawks will look to ride their momentum of being one of the hottest teams in the NFL. They enter the matchup with a 6-3 record and riding a four-game winning streak. Tom Brady is 3-0 in his career in international games and is coming off a necessary win against the Rams. However, the performance was still not inspiring enough to have too much confidence, and look for Geno Smith to add another impressive bullet point to his resume by getting a win in this matchup. The Seahawks should no longer be considered a flash in the pan and will look to further prove this in this matchup.
Sunday Night: San Francisco 49ers (-7) over Los Angeles Chargers
This is set to be a difficult matchup, with both teams looking to make a statement. The 49ers enter the game with a 4-4 record, while the Chargers are 5-3. The addition of Christian McCaffrey has taken San Francisco offense to another level, which is a huge deal considering their defense ranks 1st in the NFL in yards allowed and 6th in scoring. The Chargers rank 30th in the NFL in points allowed an 21st in yardage. San Francisco will be looking to make a statement in this matchup and will have the opportunity to do just this. Expect the 49ers to pick up the win in what will be one of the more entertaining matchups of the week.
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