Survivor Pool: Week 2


Welcome back and congratulations to those of you that Survived Week 1, we did it. Unfortunately, some players fell into the Colts and Eagles trap as road favorites as they lost to lesser viewed opponents. That might have made a dent in several larger Survivor Pools out there. Hopefully, I can guide you to victory and help you Survive Week 2. 

Who to Pick for Week 2?

After a wild Week 1, it's time to evaluate the upcoming Week 2 NFL schedule. As a couple of favorites went down in flames last week, we will tiptoe through the schedule and carefully choose wisely. My pick last week was the Bills over the Jets which went surprisingly smoothly. Since this is the case the Bills are not an option for me.

Cincinnati Bengals at Cleveland Browns (-6, 43.5)
Los Angeles Rams at Philadelphia Eagles (+1, 46)
New York Giants at Chicago Bears (-6.5, 42)
Atlanta Falcons at Dallas Cowboys (-5, 52)
San Francisco 49ers at New York Jets (+6.5, 42.5)
Carolina Panthers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-9, 49)
Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers (-6, 47.5)
Buffalo Bills at Miami Dolphins (+5.5, 41)
Denver Broncos at Pittsburgh Steelers (-6.5, 41.5)
Minnesota Vikings at Indianapolis Colts (-3, 48)
Jacksonville Jaguars at Tennessee Titans (-9, 42.5)
Washington Football Team at Arizona Cardinals (-6.5, 46.5)
Kansas City Chiefs at Los Angeles Chargers (+8.5, 47.5)
Baltimore Ravens at Houston Texans (+6.5, 52.5)
New England Patriots at Seattle Seahawks (-4, 45)
New Orleans Saints at Las Vegas Raiders (+5.5, 51.5)

 Let us focus on games that have a team favored by six points or greater. Ten games meet this criterion, so let's see which one suits us best. The three highest favored games are the Buccaneers favored by -9 at home over the Panthers, the Titans also favored by -9 at home over the Jaguars, and the Chiefs on the road favored by -8.5 over the Chargers. After Week 1 it's tough to trust the Buccaneers after looking out of sync at New Orleans. With Mike Evans still not 100% from a hamstring injury and Chris Godwin now in the concussion protocol, I stay away on the Bucs at home unless both players are active. After Week 1 the Titans proved they can grind out a victory on the road and the Jaguars can come from behind and win games, so this game might not be as clear cut but could be an option. The last huge favorite this week is the Chiefs visiting the Chargers in L.A. It seems like the champs will be highly favored weekly, therefore it might be a good idea to save them for another week.

There are five games on the slate that have teams favored by -6.5 and they are the visiting 49ers over the Jets, the Cardinals at home over the Washington Football Team (WFT), the Bears at home over the Giants, the Steelers at home over the Broncos, and the favored Ravens traveling to Houston to face the Texans. The 49ers could be an option because the Jets look like a train wreck so far this season, but you must monitor the status of George Kittle who is currently questionable because if he is out and your league deadline is before the first game of the week on Thursday you might want to pass on the Niners at this time. The Cardinals are flying high after beating the 49ers on the road in the season opener and might be an option, but be aware this game could turn into a shoot out. The Steelers just thrashed the Giants on Monday Night and could be an option as they play a Broncos team that could be without Courtland Sutton and Phillip Lindsay who are both nursing injuries. Then we have the mighty Ravens who just spanked the Browns by 32 points, and are on the road to battle the Texans. Even though I believe the Ravens should win this game, this contest could turn into a quarterback dual of the ages between Lamar Jackson and Deshaun Watson. It might be wise to save the Ravens for later in the season and just grab a bowl of popcorn and enjoy this match-up.

The last two options to review are two teams that are favored by -6, the Bengals on the road over the Browns and the Packers at home over the Lions. I will pass on the Bengals versus Browns because not only are the Bengals on the road but this will be rookie Joe Burrow's first road game on Thursday Night Football and the Browns will be looking to rebound from their first-week debacle against the Steelers. That finally leaves us with the Packers at home facing a depleted Lions secondary and possibly missing Kenny Golladay for a second straight game due to an injured hamstring. Aaron Rodgers turned back the clock last week and lit up the Vikings defense for four touchdowns. I see more of the same for Week 2.

There are a few options this week, but my Survivor Pool pick for Week 2 will be the Green Bay Packers. 

Good luck and see you all next week.



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