NFL Survivor is a weekly game that you play like sudden death, every week you pick a team that plays that week to win the game. The only catch is that you can not pick the same team twice in the season, once you pick that team, you can no longer use that team. In this segment, I will give you my personal picks to consider for week five and one honorable mention. Good luck in Survivor!
The Washington Commanders will play the Chicago Bears on Thursday Night Football. The Bears come in with no wins in four weeks, meanwhile, the Commanders come into this game with two wins and two losses, suffering back-to-back losses to the Buffalo Bills and Philadelphia Eagles. Sam Howell looked great so far this year aside from the Bills game, in which he threw a whopping four interceptions. In his last game against the Eagles, he threw for 290 yards and a touchdown, including a game-tying drive to tie the Eagles as the clock hit zero. If the offense replicates the same success against a bottom-ten defense in the Bears, the Commanders should steamroll a bottom-ten offense in the Chicago Bears.
Now, the Bears offense did look alive last week against the Broncos at home, but in the second half, it was non-existent. They face a top-ten defense in the Commanders, with an elite defensive line, so the Bears could go back to normal, struggling to get yards. The Commanders are a hot pick this week in NFL Survivor.
The three-win Detroit Lions will play at home against a winless Carolina Panthers team on Sunday afternoon, so if you have not picked Detroit yet, this might be the time to do so. The Lions come in, winning their last two games, beating the Falcons at home and Green Bay at Lambeau Field on Thursday Night Football last week. Detroit’s offense is ranked in the top ten, with the offensive line viewed as a top-five offensive line in the league. This means the Panthers are going to have problems stopping the run and getting to the quarterback, allowing Jared Goff to make explosive and extended plays.
On the other side, Carolina’s offensive has looked sluggish and Detroit’s defense has looked as elite as anyone’s, which may cause problems for rookie quarterback Bryce Young and the Panthers. The Panthers’ only chance to win this game is if their offense can keep the Lion’s defense off the field. Consider the Lions in your NFL Survivor pick this week.
The Houston Texans come in at an even two wins and two losses, winning their last two against Jacksonville and the Steelers, meanwhile, the Atlanta Falcons come in also at two wins and two losses, losing their last two games against the Lions and Jaguars. The Texans come in with the momentum and the far better quarterback in C.J. Stroud, so all things point the Texans way to come out of this game at three and two. The two outliers to note are that the Texans are scoring 24 points per game, while the Falcons average 15.5 points per game.
The Falcons rank seventh in the NFL in allowed passing yards, a stat in which the Texans rank third in the league, averaging 304.5 passing yards per game. The Texans and Falcons defense are close in relevance, but an edge is given to Atlanta’s defense by a slim margin, as the only category the Texans have over the Falcons are the sacks (6). The Texans may be a risk in NFL Survivor this week, but are you ready to take the gamble and the advantage over your pool? Pick your poison.
Honorable Mention: Green Bay Packers against the Raiders on Monday Night Football.
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