NFL Week 8: Top Picks For Your Survivor Pool

10 / 26 / 2021 By Ally Mielnicki

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With most games last week resulting in blowouts, there were not many upsets that knocked any remaining Survivor Pool players out of the competition – unless you took the Chiefs or the Ravens.

Entering Week 8, here are the top 5 picks we have for you to make if you’re still alive in your pool:

Bills over Dolphins

The first time these two teams met, Buffalo slaughtered Miami 35-0. Even though QB Tua Tagovailoa impressed in his return from injury this past Sunday to launch 4 TDs, he also threw 2 costly interceptions against a below-average Atlanta defense. Expect him to have a more challenging time against a staunch Bills defense – and a hungry one after their Week 6 loss to the Titans. Given the extra time to rest with a bye week, Buffalo should have no problems driving up the points on the scoreboard against a Miami squad that has not won since Week 1 of the regular season.

Bengals over Jets

Save for the Cardinals 7-0 run to start the season, the Bengals have been the best story in the NFL at 5-2 and coming off an upset win over division rival Baltimore. Sitting atop the AFC North, Cincinnati has looked stellar behind second-year QB Joe Burrow and rookie WR Ja’Marr Chase. Take away an OT victory against the Tennessee Titans – who were down their top 2 receivers in the contest – the Jets have looked every bit as awful. They will have to replace 2nd overall draft pick Zach Wilson, who will miss the next 2-4 weeks with a sprained PCL. Things could get ugly early for the Jets at MetLife this weekend,

Chargers over Patriots

QB Mac Jones has been impressive so far for the Patriots in his rookie season, but he has not done so against superior competition. In their 3 wins on the season, the Patriots have defeated the lowly Jets twice and the Texans. Now, having to face the Chargers, who are coming off a bye week, New England may struggle offensively to keep up with MVP-candidate Justin Herbert and the high-powered Los Angeles offense. After they were blown out in Week 6 by the Ravens, the Chargers will be looking to get back to their winning ways and should be able to with the extra rest. 

Seahawks over Jaguars

Geno Smith may still be starting for the Seahawks, but even he should lead Seattle against a far inferior opponent like the Jaguars. Jacksonville was able to secure their first win of the season in Week 6 against the Dolphins in London- where they are known to play well. However, now traveling cross-country to take on a Seattle squad in perhaps the loudest venue in the NFL, Jacksonville may struggle to get their offense going in the hostile environment. The Jaguars are a team still playing behind a controversial first-year head coach in Urban Meyer. Not to mention QB Trevor Lawrence, the No.1 overall draft pick, has struggled in his rookie campaign with 8 interceptions in just 6 games. Take the home team, even if they are playing on a short week.

Rams over Texans

There’s not much to say about this matchup. The Texans have been horrendous on offense since only accumulating 5 meager points against the Cardinals this past weekend. Davis Mills has failed to prove he has what it takes to engineer an NFL offense even with WR Brandin Cooks and RBs David Johnson, Mark Ingram, and Phillip Lindsay. On the other hand, the Rams have been an offensive juggernaut since acquiring QB Matthew Stafford from the Lions in the offseason. Los Angeles should be able to put this game away before halftime. 

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