NFL Week 8 Survivor Pool Picks
NFL Football Week Eight
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There were a couple of close calls over the weekend as a couple of games came down to the wire but for the most part we are in good shape heading into this weekend and we get some of our big guns back from bye weeks. Here are this week's top plays, pool breakers, and pool makers.
Atlanta Falcons vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Ah yes, the Tampa Bay Bucs. While this play is largely based on Atlanta's fire power and track record playing at home it is also a lot about how bad this Tampa Bay team is and how poorly they match up with Atlanta. The Falcons are coming off a very underwhelming 10-7 victory over the Titans last week but they need a win in a very big way here to keep pace with the Carolina Panthers in the NFC South while the Bucs continue to find ways to lose after allowing the Redskins to pull off the biggest come back in franchise history in what was ultimately a 31-30 loss to drop them to 2-4. Atlanta should have no problems moving the ball on the ground or through the air and this is the best play of the week hands down.
Seattle Seahawks at Dallas Cowboys
The Seattle Seahawks are back. After a tough start to the season and many sketpics pegging them as a team missing out on this year's postseason they are right back in the driver's seat in the NFC West and look like contenders again. Despite the Hawks matching up against an awful San Francisco 49ers group they put on a stifling display on defense and limited the Niners to just three points at home on Thursday Night Football and now they head into Dallas to take on a Cowboys team led by Matt Cassel. Seattle feasts on back up quarterbacks and with Dez Bryant likely still a week away and the Cowboys running carousel taking another unexpected turn last week I think the Seahawks follow up last week with another big outing here, especially with last season's thrashing by Dallas still fresh in their heads.
Arizona Cardinals at Cleveland Browns
The Cardinals pop up on this list once again as they continue to roll and while their victory against the Ravens on Monday night was a little too close for comfort they got it done and have another lay up spot here against the Browns. Arizona has revamped their offense under Bruce Arians and for a guy in Chris Johnson who thought his career was over in the preseason he is having a renaissance year wearing red and white. The Browns have stayed around in a few games this season and even though they're at home in this spot they're a nightmare waiting to happen against an explosive Arizona offense and an equally impressive defense. Cardinals cruise.
Oakland Raiders vs New York Jets
Two of the league's up and comers meet up in Oakland on Sunday as the Raiders host the Jets in what should be a very exciting contest. The Raiders are coming off a shellacking of the Chargers in San Diego while the Jets had a tough loss to the Patriots in a game in which they looked very good for three quarters before bowing out in the fourth. New York has one of the league's best defenses, while the Raiders have a very exciting offense led by Derek Carr and Amari Cooper who looked spectacular last week in a divisional road game. The line on this one suggests it'll be close so it is no surprise it is on this list but in a game that is a toss up I'd suggest staying away from it as any inclination to the take the Jets suggests to be weary of Chris Ivory's health while the Raiders past track record has them with a caution flag as well.
New Orleans Saints vs New York Giants
This is a battle of two teams that are incredibly tough to figure out on a week to week basis and two teams that have gone a long way in ruining some survivor hopes this season. New Orleans is coming off a road victory in Indianapolis pushing their record to 3-4 while the Giants upended the Cowboys in New York bumping them up to 4-3 with both teams in the NFC playoff picture. Mark Ingram and the Saints offense should have no trouble against a Giants defense that hasn't been overly impressive while Eli Manning, Odell Beckham, and the Giants have an equally appealing match up in a game that could come down to the final possession. Stay away from this game forever.
St. Louis Rams vs San Francisco 49ers
In some lights this match up would still be considered poor Survivor Pool etiquette as it is a divisional show down between two bitter rivals but it speaks volumes to just how bad the Niners are this season. San Fran put up three points at home in four quarters against the Seahawks and now travel to St. Louis for a second straight divisional match up against an equally physical defense and an offense on the ascent? Todd Gurley has been sensational in his three games this season and will continue to prove why he was one of the top projections in the NFL Draft as he should have another productive day here against the Niners. The Rams have been suspect at times this season but this is a perfect spot for them to go off and I think they have an easy win.
Good luck in your pools. See you next week. Follow me on Twitter: @KyleSCP