There are millions of people out there who play in NFL survivor pools. These are very popular at work and at sports bars from around the country.
The object is to pick one winner a week and to be the last person standing. Different pools have different rules.
Some will only allow you to pick a team once, while others let you pick a team multiple times. Also, some are single-loss elimination, while others allow you to have multiple losses before you can be eliminated.
I am going to go through every week and list six teams that are worth a look in your survivor pool. I will separate them by Tier 1 (two best options), Tier 2 (3rd & 4th best options), and Tier 3 (5th & 6th best options).
For those of you who can only pick a team once throughout the season, this will give you several different teams to choose from. That’s how most survivor pools work. Good luck this year!
I went 6-0 on my survivor pool picks last week. In order, they were the Bucs, Chiefs, Steelers, Ravens, 49ers and Titans. Of course, favorites went 14-2 straight up last week so it was a very safe week for survivor pool players. Just remember to try and use my Tier 1 picks if you have those teams available as they rarely lose.
As you’ll notice throughout the season, I’ll refer to the point spreads when making my selections because I think this is the best way to do it. The oddsmakers in Vegas and across the globe are very good at what they do. It’s a good starting point when making your picks as well.
1) Indianapolis Colts – This is the perfect chance to use the Indianapolis Colts in Week 3. You won’t get many opportunities to use them, and they likely won’t be this big of a favorite again. The Colts are 11.5-point favorites hosting the New York Jets this week. The Jets have been the worst team in the NFL through two weeks. They lost 17-27 to the Bills and 13-31 to the 49ers. Another blowout is likely here with all of the injuries the Jets are dealing with at receiver, and just their lack of talent as a team.
2) New England Patriots – Rarely does Bill Belichick ever lose two in a row. And this is a great spot for the Patriots to bounce back at home after falling one yard short against the Seattle Seahawks last week. The Patriots are 5.5-point home favorites over the Las Vegas Raiders. It’s a bad spot for the Raiders, who are in a letdown spot off their upset win over the the Saints at the new Allegiant Stadium on Monday Night Football. Now the Raiders are on a short week and have to travel all the way out East for an early 10:00 AM body clock game. The Patriots should win this one.
3) Los Angeles Chargers – Justin Herbert had a big game in his first start for the Chargers last week. He gets the nod again this week after his impressive showing against the Chiefs. And the Chargers are 6.5-point home favorites over the Carolina Panthers, who will be without their best player in Christian McCaffrey for several weeks. I don’t give the Panthers much of a chance of winning this game without McCaffrey and with one of the worst defenses in the NFL.
4) Cleveland Browns – The Browns did whatever they wanted to offensively in their 35-30 win over the Cincinnati Bengals last Thursday. And now they have extra time to prepare for Washington this week. The Browns are 7-point favorites over a Washington team that was just thumped 15-30 at Arizona last week. They should improve to 2-1 with their only loss to the Ravens.
5) Tampa Bay Buccaneers – The Buccaneers showed great improvement last week in their 31-17 win over the Carolina Panthers. And their 23-34 loss to the Saints in Week 1 wasn’t as bad as the score would indicate as they held the Saints to just 271 total yards. The Bucs should take another step forward this week against the banged-up Denver Broncos. The Broncos will be without starting QB Drew Lock and top receiver Courtland Sutton. Not to mention their defense has injuries all over the place. The Bucs are 5-point road favorites at Denver and should roll Sunday.
6) Arizona Cardinals – Arizona looks like the most improved team in the NFL through two weeks. The Cardinals upset the 49ers 24-20 as 6.5-point dogs in Week 1 and rolled to a 30-15 victory over Washington as 7-point favorites in Week 2. Now they face the hapless Detroit Lions, who are 0-2 and coming off a 21-42 loss to the Green Bay Packers. Kyler Murray and company should shred this soft Detroit defense once again this week. The Cardinals are 5.5-point favorites in this matchup.