NFL Survivor Pool: Week 2
Welcome back NFL, how we have missed you so. Week 1 never fails to disappoint us every season with all the new storylines to follow. We all think we may know how games will go or which players will perform at a certain level, but there are always surprises waiting for us after opening weekend. Unfortunately, a couple of upsets transpired in Week 1. One was the Ravens falling to the Raiders on Monday night in overtime 33-27, and then there was the abysmal performance from the Packers in New Orleans where they got throttled by the Saints 38-3. It seems like the Packers thought they were still playing preseason games. Well, like Aaron Rodgers said a few years ago, "R-E-L-A-X," it’s only Week 1.
Who to pick for Week 2
Out of the teams we were looking at last week, all the favorites won those games, so there should not have been too many teams eliminated in Week 1. The two teams I debated on, the Panthers over the Jets and the Rams over the Bears, both came through with victories. Ultimately I chose to go with the Rams, so they are no longer an option for me. Let’s see what we have in store for us in Week 2.
NFL Week 2 Schedule
Giants at Washington: Washington -3.5
Patriots at Jets: Patriots -6
Broncos at Jaguars: Broncos -6
Bills at Dolphins: Bills -3.5
49ers at Eagles: 49ers -3
Rams at Colts: Rams -4.5
Raiders at Steelers: Steelers -5.5
Bengals at Bears: Bears -3
Texans at Browns: Browns -12.5
Saints at Panthers: Saints -3
Vikings at Cardinals: Cardinals -4.5
Falcons at Buccaneers: Buccaneers -13
Titans at Seahawks: Seahawks -5.5
Cowboys at Chargers: Chargers -3
Chiefs at Ravens: Chiefs -2.5
Lions at Packers: Packers -10.5
There are three double-digit favorites on the docket this week that will have everyone’s attention. The Browns at home favored by -12.5 over the Texans, the Buccaneers at home favored by -13 over the Falcons, and the Packers at home favored by -10.5 over the Lions. The other two games that may garner some interest will be the Broncos on the road favored by -6 over the Jaguars, and the Patriots on the road favored -6 over the Jets.
The Texans are heading to Cleveland after handing the Jaguars a spanking in Houston. The Texans will find it a little more difficult this time around getting the offense going against a tough Browns defense. The Browns almost pulled off an upset against the Chiefs, so they are primed to get a win this week and are definitely an option this week.
The stone-cold lead pipe lock of the week is the Buccaneers against the Falcons. The Falcons got attacked by another predator in Week 1 when the Eagles went to town on them for a 32-6 win. So now the Buccaneers defense will be waiting to pounce on them some more, making them the favorite to be the most popular pick the week. Oh, and they have some guy named Tom Brady on their team too. So if you want to play it safe, the Buccaneers are the way to go.
The last double-digit favorite might have plenty of Survivor players a little timid of rolling with them this week. That team is the Packers. The Packers' Week 1 performance was astonishing because that is the first time I have seen a healthy Aaron Rodgers look like a mortal. The Packers will be looking to rebound this week, and what better way for that to happen than a match-up with the Lions on Monday Night. Rodgers typically excels in primetime, and that makes the Packers another team to consider this week.
For those of you Survivor players looking a little deeper in the schedule this week, the Broncos traveling to Jacksonville may spark some interest. However, due to Coach Urban Meyer’s debut, it may look like he might be over his head for the NFL game. I tend to shy away from road favorites because the home team always plays like they have nothing to lose when they are home underdogs. Also, to note that Broncos just lost their stud wide receiver Jerry Jeudy to a high ankle sprain, which may cause the offense to stall a little this week. Pick the Broncos at your own risk.
The final game to discuss this week is the Patriots facing off against the Jets in New York. This game pits the first battle of these two rookie quarterbacks (Mac Jones and Zach Wilson) as they will be going head-to-head for years to come in the AFC East. Both teams are coming off Week 1 losses. Coach Bill Belichek will have the Patriots’ defense bringing the heat to the young quarterback. With that in mind, this is still a tough game to pick due to teams being rivals and that the Patriots are on the road. You may want to shy away from the Patriots if you can because I surely will.
After considering any of the three double-digit favorites, I will be going with the Packers on Monday Night Football this week. Don’t let me down, Mr. Rodgers.
If you would like to discuss this further or have any fantasy questions, you can reach out to me on Twitter at @smooth1074. Good luck this weekend, and I hope you can survive Week 2.