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Week 9 NFL Survivor Pool Picks

NFL Week 9 Survivor Pool Picks
Date & Time Sunday November 3, 2013, 12:00 AM (EDT)
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NFL Survivor Pools are incredibly popular nowadays but we are halfway through the season which means a lot of them are starting to wrap up. However, for those of you still alive here is a look at our top plays, traps, and gifts in this week's Survivor Pool break down:

Top Plays:

Seattle Seahawks vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Seattle Seahawks escaped St. Louis with a very modest victory that could have well ended in their second loss of the season as they just always seem to have difficulties with their NFC West rivals. The Seahawks stout defense remained furious but also allowed career backup Kellen Clemens to play the game of his life as he nearly snatched victory from the jaws of defeat. However, this is a totally different circumstance as the Hawks return home to face a winless Tampa Bay Bucs team who looked just as hapless as ever last Thursday night and aren’t showing any signs of turning things around. Greg Schiano has been in the public eye all season for all the wrong reasons and it is uncertain as to whether he will finish out the season as the Bucs’ bench boss. This is a horrible spot for the Bucs as they travel to Seattle to face a Seahawks team looking to make amends for last week’s lackluster effort and I think Marshawn Lynch goes off in this one. Add in the fact that Vincent Jackson will be smothered by Richard Sherman and the Bucs’ run game is completely non existent I’ll lock in with Seattle and move on.

Green Bay Packers vs Chicago Bears

The Packers return to Lambeau to face their fiercest and most bitter rivals as the Chicago Bears come to town looking to spoil the party in Green Bay. The Pack are coming off a convincing win over the Minnesota Vikings in a game that appeared closer than the actual result as the Vikes packed on garvage points when they game was well out of reach. The Bears meanwhile are coming off a bye week but are still without Jay Cutler and it will be on Josh McCown to handle the quarterbacking duties for the foreseeable future. While the Packers defense has been susceptible without Clay Matthews and this is a divisional game I just don’t see anyway that the Bears defense will shut down Aaron Rodgers and co especially with the way Eddie Lacy has been playing and certainly Josh McCown will struggle to go shot for shot with Rodgers. Green Bay should have no trouble ridding of the Bears here and are a team that most people should still have as an option at this point.

Pool Breakers:

Kansas City Chiefs at Buffalo Bills

The undefeated Bills head into Ralph Wilson Stadium looking to keep their perfect record intact but they know it’ll be a tough task against a much improved Bills team. Kansas City held on for dear life last week against the Cleveland Browns at Arrowhead and while they got the victory which is all that matters they did look a little bit slower than usual which could be a sign of them getting tired as their physical play takes its wear and tear. The Bills got thumped in New Orleans but so has everyone else this season and now return home as three point dogs to a team they have dominated in recent memory. Buffalo is a very good home team and the Ralph always seems to be loud and to me Buffalo is a much better team than the Browns who were able to do some damage with Jason Campbell. Thad Lewis is by no means an MVP type quarterback but he isn’t a slouch and with Fred Jackson being able to dictate the pace of the Bills’ offense on the ground I think Buffalo keeps this close and could even pull out the victory. Stay away from the Chiefs this weekend.

Pool Makers:

New Orleans Saints at New York Jets

The Saints head to MetLife Stadium to take on the New York Jets who have been the model of inconsistency this season as they come out flying and beat a team like New England one week only to flop and get decimated by teams like Cincinnati the week after. New Orleans has been rolling this season and if not for their loss to the Pats in New England would be a much bigger favourite here in my opinion but we will take it as is. New York as mentioned has been a very tough team to figure out and knowing which version will show up week in and week out has to be giving Rex Ryan fits. Chris Ivory plays against his former team here so you can bet he’ll want to make a statement but going up against a much improved defense led by Rex’s twin brother Rob I don’t think it’ll be a cakewalk by any means for the New York offense. I expect Geno Smith to play better than he did in Cinci but there is no way he is going to go throw for throw with Drew Brees and with so many options to turn to Brees and the offense will soar once again. Antonio Cromartie will likely match up on Marques Colston which will leave Kenny Stills and Jimmy Graham open for business and I expect New Orleans to capitalize.

Good luck in your pools. See you next week.





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