Remember when the Falcons were up 28-3 in the Super Bowl eight months ago? At the time, they were 1 to 50 favorites to win the game against the Patriots. Consider that they were bigger favorites than that when they were up 17-0 at halftime against the Dolphins last week. Yet here we are, knocked off in our NFL survivor pool for the second week in a row.
However, in the spirit of the game, we’re going to push forward and look for more winning survivor picks. If you were bounced out of your pool last week, you can always join a brand new contest starting in Week 7!
This week is obviously as tough as it gets from a survivor perspective. There isn’t a single game on the board featuring a team that is favored by even a touchdown. Anyone out there who tells you there’s an absolute slam dunk on this schedule is lying.
Given the options that remain after our picks from earlier this season, we’re basically painted into a corner and must pick the Cowboys over the 49ers.
We’ll start by saying that this isn’t anywhere near our favorite survivor play ever. In fact, given the option of taking the 49ers plus the six points and laying the six with Dallas, we’d take the points.
But it’s hard to trust C.J. Beathard in his first career NFL start. It’s one thing to be able to come off the bench and play well from behind against Washington. It’s another thing to prepare to start against the team that had the best record in the NFC a season ago.
The 49ers have come close to winning games this year, but they’ve yet to get over the hump and ultimately finish one off. Eventually, they’ll inevitably get the job done, and we’re merely hoping to avoid that fate in this game.
In fairness, there is plenty of reason to think that Dallas should come on the road and win this game. The team is coming off of two straight close losses and a bye week, and that rest has given it a chance to really clear its collective mind. Ezekiel Elliott is also going to be in the lineup after getting a second reprieve from his suspension.
The Cowboys know that Zeke is going to be suspended at some point. This legal fight isn’t so much about getting out of this suspension as it is putting it off until Dallas is better able to deal with his six-game ban. That said, the Cowboys are going to run Elliott into the ground while they have him.
If Elliott used this bye week to get back into the form that he was in during his rookie season, this Dallas team could be set to turn a corner. That’s what we’re banking on against a squad that has a lot of growing up to do over the course of the rest of the season.
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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)