The opening week of the NFL Survivor Swimming pools was such a massacre, no quantity of towel penalties may assist clear it up. Over 63% of entries had been eradicated in week 1, with five of the six most popular picks bite the dust. Week 2 may give us extra of the identical, because the four most popular choices are a mixed 1-3 and account for 76% of entries.
Earlier than us drag on this week’s picks, let’s return to the week 1 sheet:
Week 1 Picks
Finest bets: 1-1
Traps to keep away from: 3 eliminations prevented
Let’s transfer on to the picks of week 2!
Buffalo made a press release of their 31-10 rout of the Rams. This staff is the elite on each side of the ball and they’ll enter this sport with three further days off on a Titans group that misplaced at residence to the Giants.
Derrick Henry appeared extra man than machine in Sport 1, averaging simply 3.9 yards per run and never exhibiting a lot of his traditional brilliance. Does the tread detach from the tire? He might be up for an additional walkout in opposition to the Payments, who allowed the Rams simply 2.9 ypc in Week 1.
Scarier than Buffalo’s run protection is their cross rush, which has racked up every week of sack lunches, utilizing four-man rushes by a rotating line of defense. Tennessee’s offensive line held up nicely on Sunday, however that was in opposition to a lukewarm cross rush from New York lacking Kayvon Thibodeaux and Azeez Ojulari.
I used to be low on Tennessee heading into the season, I used to be low on them in Week 1, and I am so low on them this week I may win a limbo contest in opposition to an ant. With Licensed YAC Monster A.J. Brown shifting on to greener pastures, the Titans merely don’t have the horses to run with the Bills.
Buffalo is the fifth hottest selection this week, with simply over 7% of entries.
Getting a two-point favourite with lower than 2% possession in survivor is extraordinarily uncommon, and that is what we’ve right here with the Niners. You might not be a fan of Trey Lancewhich definitely has its faults, however the truth is that it has made great throws in a monsoon sport in opposition to the Bears. Lance truly led the NFL in Large Time Throw share in Week 1 (6.9%). This week he’ll face a Seahawks protection that appeared misplaced after security jamal adams suffered a serious knee injury within the second quarter of their season opener. Seattle additionally enters this sport on a brief week, which is a nice little bonus for Niners contributors.
I’d be far more assured about this sport if the tight finish George Kittle is ready to shake off his groin harm – not just for the explosive function he performs within the passing sport, but additionally for his indispensable function as an outstanding run blocker.
San Francisco ranks because the eighth hottest choice in Week 2, with 1.5% of entries for pink and gold.
Aaron Rodgers mentioned it loud and clear final season he owns the Bears. Inexperienced Bay have gained 11 of their final 12 video games in opposition to Chicago, which hasn’t gained a sport at Lambeau since 2015.
Do not be scared off by the Week 1 faceplant in opposition to an excellent Vikings staff. Rodgers and his staff misplaced 38-3 in last year’s opening to the Saints, then rebounded with a powerful Home win 35-17 in opposition to the Lions in Week 2. The Packers are but to lose consecutive common season video games beneath coach Matt LaFleur.
Chicago gave up 6.5 yards per carry to Deebo Samuel and 6.8 ypc at Elijah Mitchell final week in a sport the place they knew San Francisco was going to run the ball. If the Bears protection hundreds the field in opposition to the Packers, Rodgers will flip them on. If Chicago do not load the field, AJ Dillon and Aaron Jones will go wild.
The deep strokes Justin Fields affluent will probably be more durable to return by in opposition to the league’s prime secondary than they had been in opposition to a mid-tier 49ers unit.
Regulate the harm report for updates on Inexperienced Bay’s offensive linemen David Bakhtiari, Elton Jenkins and Jon Runian. If no less than two of them are cleared to play, I’d be very snug placing starters on the Packers.
Inexperienced Bay is the sixth hottest survivor choose, at 4.4%.
TRAPS TO AVOID
Generally a staff loses as a result of they’ve the time off and might’t carry out. Generally a staff loses as a result of they’ve a obtrusive drawback that’s repeatedly uncovered by the opponent. It was the latter for the Rams of their Week 1 sport in opposition to the Payments. Their offensive line gave up seven sacks to a staff that did not even blitz. To make issues worse, Los Angeles misplaced the beginning middle Brian Allen at a knee injury. Falcons defensive coordinator Dean Pees threw a variety of unique appears to be like at New Orleans final week that proved efficient. Can he replicate that success this week in opposition to an offensive line that has extra questions than the Riddler? Rattling doable, Batman.
The Rams are by far the most well-liked choose this week at 29.9%.
That a part of Survivor season the place a beginning quarterback will get injured and everybody jumps on the bandwagon to make the backup QB disappear is already right here. Week 2! I like doing group journeys, however I will skip this one. The Cowboys have a strong protection, Zac Taylor is 0-3 in highway openings and Cincinnati is not any stranger to losing “easy” road games to quarterbacks.
With a swath above 17%, the Bengals are the second hottest survivor choose.
Final week, I warned in opposition to taking the Colts, who had been 0-4 within the opening video games of the season beneath Frank Reich. This week, I’m ringing the alarm bells once more. Do you need to guess what Reich’s file is at Duval? That is proper, 0-4. His foals have never scored more than 20 points while playing in Jacksonville.
Indianapolis is the seventh hottest selection in swimming pools, at 2.6%.
Statistics offered by Professional Soccer Reference and PFF.