This is a very interesting week for NFL Survivor Pools. There are only a couple big favorites on the betting board, and one of those is New England (-9 or -10 against the New York Jets), and any player currently still alive in their pool has probably picked them already. Not a big fan of the Patriots anyways this week as I think the Jets will give them a game as always, but I will run down the other Week 7 Survivor Pool picks that I like as well as four to stay away from (in addition to the Patriots, who I think will probably win but not cover the spread in an expected close game).
2015 NFL Survivor Pool Picks Week 7
Four to Follow
Arizona vs. Baltimore
I normally don’t like to use Monday Night Football games for my NFL Survivor Pool picks, but this is clearly the strongest play of the week for me. The Cardinals didn’t look good last week in a road loss to a Ben Roethlisberger-less Pittsburgh team. But I think they will bounce back strong here, especially in front of a national audience at home on MNF. This team seems to thrive on the lack of respect they get nationally, and they will probably have a huge game here. We all know how bad Baltimore is, and they are in a tough spot here in their second straight road game far away from home. If you are going to use the MNF game for your pick, always wait until close to your deadline to submit picks in case there are any last-minute injuries.
San Diego vs. Oakland
The Chargers offense with QB Philip Rivers is clicking on all cylinders and set a ton of records last week in a loss to Green Bay in Wisconsin. They fell just short in that game but should come into this one with lots of confidence and ready to put that near-miss behind them. The Raiders are an improved team and coming off their bye week, but this is a real tough matchup for them. The Chargers have won six of the last seven meetings in this series, and I think they make it seven of eight here in San Diego on Sunday.
Miami vs. Houston
Miami has a lot of talent. They got off to a slow start on the season, but I think with their blowout win last week at Tennessee and some new blood at the head coaching position that this is a team trending upwards. They are a much better team than the Texans on paper, and I think they get another big win this weekend to get back in the playoff hunt.
Honorable Mention: Indianapolis vs. New Orleans
Four to Avoid
Seattle at San Francisco
I normally avoid these Thursday matchups anyways, but even if this game was played on Sunday I would be very wary of the disappointing Seahawks. This team is just not that good this season. It’s only natural that when a team enjoys so much success that the competitive fire stops burning so fiercely. And they also lost a lot of good players to free agency. San Francisco is not that bad of a team, and you know that winning this game against their biggest rival would be a highlight of the season for a team that doesn’t have playoff aspirations. An upset here would not surprise me.
St. Louis vs. Cleveland
The Browns might be the better team here. Even if that’s not the case, the Rams have no business being a favorite in the six-point range this Sunday. Cleveland should come into this one very confident after taking the Broncos to overtime last weekend. I have already bet on Cleveland here plus the points and think they have a more than decent chance to pull the straight up upset.
Buffalo vs. Jacksonville (at London)
Never use these London games for your Survivor Pool picks. There is too much uncertainty, and the travel can be an equalizer for the underdog. I do think the Bills could be on upset alert this week. They are very banged up right now and have not been playing good football. The Jags aren’t great, but they have shown improvement in several areas. I think they come to play here in London.
Honorable Mention: Minnesota at Detroit
Check back next week for lots of great Week 8 Survivor Pool analysis!