It gets a whole heck of a lot harder to make NFL survivor picks at the end of the season, and when opportunities strike to take teams you normally wouldn’t consider, you almost have to do it this late in the game.
We actually do have Kansas City still available to us at this late juncture of the season, but the Chiefs have lost three straight games and could be prone for a further slide. Sure, the Giants are a mess, but we just can’t trust the Chiefs to ultimately hold up their end of the bargain on the road when they’re in such rough form.
We’ve also held onto New England as well for the first 10 weeks of the year, but we’re going to stick the Pats in our back pocket for another week, too. The Patriots are playing in a legitimate neutral site game against Oakland, but we know the Raiders are talented enough to win a game like this one, especially with their season effectively hanging in the balance.
Instead, we’re going to go with the Chargers at home against Buffalo.
The Bills seem to not have a clue what they’re doing at the moment. They’ve played with the head of Tyrod Taylor since the day he got entrenched as their starting quarterback, including benching him for Cardale Jones at the end of last season to avoid having some guaranteed money kick into his contract for 2017. Then, instead of releasing him, Buffalo re-signed him. Yet it didn’t immediately anoint him as the starter.
The pressure seemed to be off when Jones was dealt to, ironically, the Chargers. Yet, after a horrid two-game stretch against the Jets and Saints, Taylor is now headed to the bench in favor of rookie Nathan Peterman.
Peterman was a project pick out of Pittsburgh. He has a big arm, and he has looked good in limited action in the preseason and in his two drives he led last week against New Orleans. There’s still a huge difference between playing in the preseason and throwing darts all over the field when the bullets are live in the regular season.
The Chargers may or may not have Philip Rivers on Sunday. All signs are pointing to him playing, as he should be cleared from his concussion by the time kickoff rolls around. But even if Rivers doesn’t play, we have far more confidence in veteran Kellen Clemens than we do in Peterman, especially considering just how bad the Bills have looked.
The Bolts are tough to back in survivor knowing that they’ve lost 14 of their 23 games played since the start of the 2016 season by a single score. To have that bad of a record in one-possession games requires a lot of horrible luck, and things are bound to turn around at some point in Tinseltown.
We’re not totally enamored with this selection, but given the options, this seems to be a good choice in a week when most of the survivor pools that are still ongoing will feature tons of Kansas City picks.
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Past NFL Survivor Picks
Week 1: Steelers over Browns (W)
Week 2: Raiders over Jets (W)
Week 3: Packers over Bengals (W)
Week 4: Jaguars over Jets (L)
Week 5: Eagles over Cardinals (W)
Week 6: Falcons over Dolphins (L)
Week 7: Cowboys over 49ers (W)
Week 8: Saints over Bears (W)
Week 9: Texans over Colts (L)
Week 10: Rams over Texans (W)