Though we weren’t exactly beaming with confidence when it came to last week’s pick of Dallas over San Francisco, the Cowboys were the easiest winners of the entire day. In a week that was really tough to find a survivor winner, we managed to stick one in the victory column. Week 8, though, might prove to be a difficult one as well.
On the surface, we might seem spoiled for choices. The Vikings, Eagles, Saints, Bengals, Patriots and Chiefs are all favored by at least a touchdown, and we wouldn’t be able to fault anyone for making any of those selections.
Minnesota and Philadelphia are going to be the two trite picks against the two winless teams in the NFL. We’re not big fans of basing our survivor seasons on a team flying to the other side of the pond like the Vikings, and we’re even less of a fan of banking on a team that is playing its best football in seasons but is on a short week against a team that could just as easily be 5-2 instead of 0-7. Philadelphia is already off our board anyway since we used it in Week 5 against Arizona.
We do still have the Patriots on our list of teams that we could select. It’s tempting to take the Pats at home, but they’ve already been beaten twice this season at Gillette Stadium. There’s also no way we’re putting any stock in the Bengals right now, even with the toothless Colts coming to town.
Our logical choice seems to be New Orleans.
The Bears are playing well at the moment, but they’re doing it with smoke and mirrors at best. Mitchell Trubisky can’t be trusted to throw the football after he only went 4-for-7 in last week’s win over Carolina. Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen aren’t anything all that special as running backs in our eyes, but John Fox is getting everything he can out of them.
At some point, though, this game of only running the ball isn’t going to work any longer, and the buck probably stops in the Bayou.
If the Saints had an average defense over the course of the last decade, they’d have more than one Super Bowl to their credit in the Drew Brees era. Now, all of a sudden, New Orleans has a defense that looks world-beating. The unit allowed 13 points to Carolina, shut out Miami, allowed 24 points (on defense, anyway) against the Lions and 17 points to the Packers. Needless to say, Brees has done the rest from there.
Even with the Purdue product looking a little long in the tooth, this New Orleans offense is special. The team ranks No. 4 in total offense and No. 3 in passing offense. The No. 4 scoring average is a little inflated thanks to all of the defensive and special teams touchdowns, but the team still has 16 offensive scores in six games.
The Bears aren’t going to be capable of winning a game like this if they have to score more than a couple touchdowns on offense. They didn’t score one last week against the Panthers and happened to get two defensive touchdowns from Eddie Jackson. The likelihood of that happening again? Let’s just say that Lloyd Christmas had a better chance.
Take the Saints to put their fifth straight game in the win column.
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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)