Week 2 NFL Survivor Pool Picks
NFL Week 2 Survivor Pool Picks
NFL Football Week Two
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If you're reading this than you were one of many who survived the opening weekend of NFL Football Survivor Pools, many with ease and others who came much closer to elimination. There are plenty of spots on the board for this weekend as we present this week's top plays, pool breakers, and pool makers. Enjoy.
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New Orleans Saints (-10) vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
It should come as no surprise that the biggest spread on the board is in the mix as one of the week's top plays and while we usually try to stay away from cherry picking this is a great match up for the home side. New Orleans is coming off a respectable effort against a good Arizona Cardinals and now return home to face a team no where near the caliber of the Cards and a team who got absolutely thumped at home against a rookie quarterback playing for a team projected to be among the league's worst. Wow. Tampa Bay is bound to go through some growing pains this season and not having Mike Evans in the lineup has been very costly (yes, I know it is week two) and the longer he is out the longer the losing ways continue for the Bucs. Doug Martin should once again have limited success here despite the Saints not having the greatest defense but they will likely be playing from behind for most of this game and with the Saints playing their home opener and looking to avoid falling far behind the Panthers and Falcons they know they have to lay a beat down here. And they should.
Pittsburgh Steelers (-5.5) vs San Francisco 49ers
On paper this might be a game that scares some people off and we could very well see some serious line movement on this one but I'm not buying it. The Niners are coming off an impressive victory at home against the Minnesota Vikings in which Carlos Hyde ran at will and the Niners defense kept Teddy Bridgewater, Adrian Peterson and the rest of the offense at bay but you have to take it with a grain of salt. The Vikings are an overrated bunch and didn't play very well at all while San Fran was able to get the ground game going early and rode Hyde to victory but now they face a totally different monster. The Steelers are coming off a tough opening night loss to the Patriots in a game that looks closer than it actually was thanks to a garbage time touchdown from Antonio Brown and even though the Steelers are without Le'Veon Bell once again this week they should have no trouble running the ball with DeAngelo Williams. Pittsburgh is solid on both sides of the ball and with this being a 1 PM EST start on the East Coast with San Fran playing on a short week I think this is a statement type game for Roethlisberger and the gang as they split the first two games before getting their work horse back.
Cincinnati Bengals (-3) vs San Diego Chargers
The Bengals return home after pasting the Raiders in Oakland last week and now face another AFC West foe in the form of the 1-0 San Diego Chargers. The Bolts are coming off a see saw win over the Detroit Lions in which they put up 23 points in the second half thanks to an outburst from Philip Rivers and Keenan Allen but that was against a very suspect Detroit Lions defense and now have to face one of the league's best on the road. Cincy did have the luxury of playing against the Raiders in week one but many had them pegged for a trap spot thanks to Oakland's offseason moves but the Bengals didn't budge and if not for such a comfortable lead late in the game the Cats could have shut out the Raiders entirely. San Diego is better than Oakland but the Bengals are way better than the Lions in my opinion and with Jeremy Hill running wild, Andy Dalton seemingly putting everything together, and a defense that should eat up the battle at the line I see this one being a pretty comfortable victory for the home side in a spot where the line seems very low.
Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles (-5.5)
The Eagles look to shake off their season opening loss against the Falcons in Atlanta on Monday night and while they do return home to face a Dez Bryant-less Cowboys team I still don't think this is a great spot for Philly. Dallas was a perfect 8-0 on the road last season and while they will be a completely different team without Bryant I still think they are getting a bit disrespected here in a divisional game against a team with a lackluster defense. The Philly offense should be able to go to work and present a much tougher task than the Giants put forth last week but I think the Cowboys will find a way to keep this one close as Romo has shown time and time again why he is among the league's best and with the physicality of this defense they should be able to get after Sam Bradford. I know this is Demarco's first game against his old team and coming off a 9 yard outing he will want to go off but in a divisional game I don't like Philly as a survivor option and they will be much better served later in the season.
New York Jets at Indianapolis Colts (-6.5)
The Colts are coming off a nightmare week one outing against the much improved Buffalo Bills but return home for Monday Night Football against the New York Jets. Indy had a tough time moving the ball against one of the best defenses in football and a huge part of that game for the Bills was the presence of the Ralph crowd who earned the praise of new coach Rex Ryan. The Jets are coming off an easy win over the Browns in week one in which they made life for Johnny Manziel very tough and that will be the game plan once again here for a Jets defense looking to make a statement against one of the perceived top offenses in football. The Colts are in a good spot here coming back home to a place where Andrew Luck should have a lot more success than he did in Buffalo but this Jets defense is scary as well and they should be able to at least harness some of the offensive power of the Colts and keep this game well within reason. Indy is going to win a lot of games this season and this could be one of them but save yourself the sweating, avoid this game, and just enjoy the football.
Tennessee Titans (-1) at Cleveland Browns
The Titans head into Cleveland looking to move to 2-0 and will need another great outing from rookie quarterback Marcus Mariota if they're going to pull out the win and in this spot there is a great chance the Titans will do so. I had the Bucs in this position last week and Tennessee made me look foolish, and while I may not have leaned their way if I had known Mike Evans wouldn't play that game was more about Mariota and the Titans than it was about Tampa and right now the Titans are a confident bunch. Bishop Sankey had a great game and Mariota had great chemistry with Delanie Walker and Kendall Wright and with just one game under his belt in the NFL it'll be tough for defensive coordinators to scheme in on Mariota. You will not get many chances to take Tennessee this season and even though they're on the road again here I think Mariota can do enough to give Tennessee the win against a very underwhelming Browns team.
Good luck in your pool. See you next week. Follow me on Twitter: @KyleSCP