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Week 3 NFL Survivor Pool Picks

Week 3 NFL Survivor Pool Picks

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Week 2 of the NFL season in the in the books and Survivor Pool rosters are starting to dwindle after a number of close games and upsets as though banking on the Lions, Packers, and Raiders (oops) have been eliminated. Don’t fret though, for those of you still alive there are a handful of rock solid options this week. Here are your week 3 Top Plays, Pool Breakers, and Pool Makers:

Top Plays:

Week 3 NFL Survivor Pool Picks


Miami Dolphins vs Cleveland Browns

Is there any franchise in professional sports that has faced as much season ending debilitation than the Cleveland Browns? This team has become a laughing stock of the NFL and employ a quarterback carousel with a list a mile long and it continues this week on the road against the Dolphins with Cody Kessler getting the call after a Josh McCown injury. To add to the mix, rookie sensation Corey Coleman will be sidelined with a broken hand leaving this team completely depleted offensively and having to face an 0-2 Dolphins team that started the year with back to back the Seahawks and Patriots and will be playing their home opener here. The Browns are a dumpster fire and while Miami’s secondary is awful I think their front seven on defense will feast on the Browns hapless offense, while Miami’s offense even without Arian Foster should thrive as Ryan Tannehill is starting to pick up steam and both Devante Parker and Jarvis Landry were over 100 yards last week against New England. Miami cruises.

Green Bay Packers vs Detroit Lions

The Packers are coming off a tough loss on the road against their division rivals from Minnesota but that is nothing to scoff at as the Vikes have a very strong defense and always play their division rivals well at home. The tables turn here though as the Packers play their first game of the year at Lambeau after starting their first two on the road in Jacksonville and Minnesota and have a bye in week four so they can leave it all out on the field this week. The Packers’ offense has struggled thus far but they should be able to light up the Lions’ secondary who were thrashed against the Colts in week one and this Packers offense is in better shape than that group. The Lions are coming off a home loss to the Titans and now they take to the road to face off against a Packers side that hasn’t hit their stride yet, playing in their home opener at Lambeau, is coming off a nationally broadcasted loss in prime time, and has the bye next week? Good luck, Detroit.

Dallas Cowboys vs Chicago Bears

This could be the week we finally see Ezekiel Elliott bust out and hit the century mark on the ground as the Bears are an absolute nightmare and got trounced at home on Monday night against a rookie quarterback and now they are without Jay Cutler (which might be a good thing) and their two best defensive players in Danny Trevathan and Lamarr Houston? The Cowboys are coming off a big divisional win against the Redskins and will be oozing with confidence in this spot as Dak Prescott is in for a big game and the Cowboys defense should be able to keep the underwhelming Jeremy Langford in check. The Cowboys never seem to make things easy on themselves but this looks like a fantastic spot to use a team you might not be able to trust the rest of the year as they get the Bears at home without three of their best players.

Pool Breakers:

Denver Broncos at Cincinnati Bengals

This game looks like a no brainer to stay away from but both teams are still popular survivor plays and regardless of matchup some people like to ride the game’s best teams but I urge you to stay well away here. The Broncos have looked good through two weeks coming off two home wins against the Panthers and Colts but now they take to the road with Trevor Siemian playing in his first game away from Mile High and they will be without Demarcus Ware here who broke his arm and will be out 4-6 weeks. The Broncos’ defense is still one of the best in football even without Ware and their offense has playmakers but against a stingy Bengals defense I think they could be in tough, especially on the road. Cincy is coming off a tough loss to the Steelers in a game that really wasn’t that close and after a game like that you can be sure that Andy Dalton and the Bengals will be out for blood. This one has a field goal game written all over it so I’d suggest staying away altogether.

Arizona Cardinals at Buffalo Bills

This is another tough one to call and may seem like common sense as the Cards are on the road against a Bills side that traditionally plays well at home, and with Buffalo firing their OC after last week and having an extra few days to prepare I think they could give the Cards fits here. Arizona hasn’t had the production out of John Brown that they were expecting and while their defense should have their way with Buffalo’s offense that has been stagnant this season I am not a fan of this game from a Survivor perspective as there are better games on the board. Arizona is also travelling west to east for a 1:00 PM start which is never a great recipe for success and while this could very well be a Cardinals trouncing I am siding on a close one here and recommend staying away from Arizona in this week.

Pool Makers:

Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Los Angeles Rams

We have had moderate success in this section through the first couple of weeks but this one I really like and was one I was considering putting in ahead of the Cowboys as a top play. The Bucs are a team on the rise and had a nightmare performance last week against the ball-hawking Cardinals defense and most of that falls on the shoulders of Jameis Winston. Well fear not as the Bucs return home to face off against what could be the worst offense in football which should allow the Bucs ample time to control the game with their offensive unit and wear down a pesky Rams group that should be on the field a ton in this one. Los Angeles is coming off a win last week against the Seahawks, which was a game we said to stay clear of last week, but that was an expected result as Seattle is a mess on offense right now and the Rams were at home in a divisional tilt against their arch rivals. Things are not great for them here as Winston, Mike Evans, and Doug Martin should all have productive games and I think the Bucs are certainly worth a flier this week.

Good luck in your pools. See you next week. Follow me on Twitter: @KyleSCP

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