We definitely deserved a bit of luck with the way things have gone this season, and we got some of it last week when Joe Webb found a way to lead the Bills past the Colts in an absolute blizzard. That game felt destined to be settled as a tie when it went into overtime, but we offer a tip of the cap to LeSean McCoy for the way he dominated in overtime, a period capped off by his game-winning touchdown.
With almost half the NFL having already been picked this year in our survivor pool, we almost don’t know where to turn in Week 15. There are some really big favorites, but we selected the Jaguars in Week 4, the Eagles in Week 5 and the Saints in Week 8.
Though it’s absolutely tempting to go with the 49ers against the Titans, we just can’t bet against a team that is playing for its life against a team that has nothing to play for.
Fortunately, we are presented with a better opportunity with the Redskins against Arizona.
It’s surely risky to go with a 5-8 team that is just playing out the string. Kirk Cousins feels like he’s on his way out the door and is never going to ultimately get a long-term contract with the ‘Skins. It doesn’t really matter how he plays at the end of the campaign; a team is going to give him a big-time deal. That said, it’s only going to help him out to have some big games at the end of the season.
The Washington offense hasn’t been good since Chris Thompson was lost for the season, and we aren’t sure that Samaje Perine is ever really going to put it together at the end of his rookie campaign.
We might sound like we’re trying to talk ourselves out of the Redskins here, but our point is that in spite of all of these problems, Washington is a relatively heavy favorite against Arizona.
Bruce Arians deserves a lot of credit for keeping the Cards on the outskirts of the playoff picture with three weeks left to play.
Still, Blaine Gabbert is Blaine Gabbert. He has only averaged seven yards per pass attempt once in four games as a starting quarterback, and he has tossed five picks in four games. Since throwing three touchdowns against the Texans in his first start, he has only thrown three touchdowns in his last three games. Arizona’s offense has also decayed over the course of that span, dropping from 27 points in an upset of Jacksonville to 16 points against the Rams and 12 against Tennessee.
One touchdown and seven field goals in two games against the Titans and Rams isn’t a good sign going forward for the Cardinals. To us, this is a blowout waiting to happen in what could prove to be Cousins’ swansong.
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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)
Week 11: Chargers over Bills (W)
Week 12: Patriots over Dolphins (W)
Week 13: Titans over Texans (W)
Week 14: Bills over Colts