It was another easy week in with the Survivor Pool after taking the Arizona Cardinals, who smashed the Houston Texans for their seventh-straight win to start the season. With that, we’re nearing mid-way through the season and we’re still alive in Survivor Pools.
However, the league hasn’t really been upset city in the last three weeks, and therefore, most people who were around three weeks ago are likely still alive in your pools this week.
Right now, we won’t focus on other people and what they’re taking. If you survive, you will advance, and if you’re able to do that throughout the season, you’re going to make it through and collect a payday regardless of how many people are in the pool by the end.
All odds and lines are current as of 11:00 a.m. ET on Wednesday, October 27.
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2021 NFL Survivor Pool: Best Picks to Win in Week 8
Cincinnati Bengals at New York Jets
I’ve explained in the past that I love taking teams at home. However, through seven weeks, choices are going to be limited as the season progresses. The Bengals are clearly the best option in Week 8.
The Bengals are a 10-point favorite on the road against the Jets, with rookie quarterback Zach Wilson out for up to a month with an injury.
The Jets went out and signed former quarterback and veteran Joe Flacco and still have Western Kentucky product Mike White, who failed to impress when asked to replace Wilson last week against the Patriots.
Meanwhile, the Bengals continue to prove that they should be taken seriously. They’re coming off of one of the best wins in a while against the Baltimore Ravens, taking them down on the road by a final of 41-17.
The Bengals have now played two consecutive road games and won by a combined score of 75-28 — and now they get arguably the easiest road matchup in the NFL.
The Jets are allowing 29.2 points and 419.3 yards per game. On the other hand, the offense is averaging just 13.3 points and now have a back-up quarterback under center. Sure, Flacco makes the Jets better, but no quarterback can operate with what the Jets have on offense.
On top of that, the Ravens struggled to score against the Bengals last week. I don’t think the Jets will have much success on that side of the ball.
You can currently get the Bengals as 10-point favorites, which looks like a great bet since the Jets could easily end up losing this one by multiple touchdowns.
Betting Pick: Bengals -10 (-110) at Caesars
Buffalo Bills vs Miami Dolphins
Unfortunately, I’ve already taken the Bills and can’t select them again. However, they’re still available to you, now is the time to use them.
The Bills have dominated teams with losing records this season. With colder weather forming in Buffalo and Miami traveling North, it’s going to be very difficult for the Dolphins to win.
Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa threw for four touchdowns in Miami’s previous game against the Falcons, and yet Miami still lost due to two costly interceptions.
It shows you just how much confidence the Dolphins have in Tagovailoa and this offense. Miami is averaging 18.1 points on offense and allowing 29.6 points per game. Meanwhile, the Bills flip those numbers, averaging 33.8 points and allowing just 16.3 points per game.
Miami has kept a couple games close, but over their last five, they’ve lost to the Falcons, Jaguars and Raiders while losing by double digits to the Colts and Buccaneers.
Take Buffalo if you haven’t used them already.
Betting Pick: Bills -13.5 (-110) at Caesars
2021 NFL Survivor Pools: Sleeper Team To Win
Jacksonville Jaguars at Seattle Seahawks
Dare I say it? The Jaguars, coming off a win against the Dolphins, have a chance against the Seahawks.
Seattle is without Russell Wilson for a long period of time and has been using Geno Smith under center. Smith is 0-2 with the Seahawks as a starter and has lost two games that Seattle could’ve easily won. He’s a covering machine, but Geno is not a closer.
I know some people enjoy strategies of fading really bad teams game after game, but fading the Jaguars could be a mistake. Don’t go trusting a 2-5 Seahawks team without their star quarterback.
2021 NFL Survivor Pools: Future Team Value Pick to Save
Dallas Cowboys at Minnesota Vikings
The Dallas Cowboys are the easy favorites in the NFC East, so why not take them against one of their division rivals? There’s plenty of value on the Cowboys in the future. Hold out for now.
On the road as 2.5-point favorites doesn’t warrant a selection. The Vikings can do real damage to the Cowboys, and while Dallas has been getting a solid amount of takeaways, eventually those interceptions are going to die down and the defense is going to look worse.
Wait for a time where the Cowboys are facing a poor offense so that even if the defense have an off day, their powerful offense can get the win.
2021 NFL Survivor Pools: Chalk Pick That Could Lose
New York Giants at Kansas City Chiefs
The Kansas City Chiefs are not 10-point favorites anywhere this season. On Monday Night Football, where the underdog is covering most of the time, I’d stay far away from taking the Chiefs.
You might think you can escape this week with the Chiefs — and it’s certainly possible — but the Giants have momentum with a win last week against Carolina.
New York’s offense has a ton of potential once a couple starters get back from injury. We’ll see who the Giants return this week, but whoever plays will have a field day against this putrid Chiefs defense.
The Chiefs at -10 is kind of scary. I’d take the Giants in a heartbeat with this game sitting at primetime.