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NFL Survivor Week 1 Rankings

Last Updated: Sep 7, 2023

A new NFL season means a fresh, unblemished NFL Survivor pool. What a magnificent sight.

Last year, the Survivor chaos started early. Huge favorites fell early and often, and the impact on Survivor pools was instantly significant.

Will we see a similar development in 2023? Or will the madness come later?

Regardless, we are here to provide weekly guidance on the Survivor front, giving picks and insight for each week of games.

Survivor Week 1 Best Picks

Washington Commanders vs Arizona Cardinals

There won’t be an abundance of opportunities in this year’s NFL Survivor pools to use the Commanders, although this feels like one of them.

The Cardinals are without Kyler Murray and openly tanking, which is why this road trip could be an ugly one. While I am not completely sold on QB Sam Howell yet, he’s got talent and plenty of options on offense to keep the scoreboard moving.

This will be a popular selection. Given what we’ve seen from Arizona, we have to fade while we can.


Use our NFL Eliminator tips to place bets with the top NFL odds:


Baltimore Ravens vs Houston Texans

As far as debuts go, it doesn’t get much tougher for C.J. Stroud.

No, this isn’t an elite Baltimore defense. It does have the potential to be great, however, and this is also a tricky environment to play in.

Lamar Jackson has weapons, and I am fascinated to see how much rookie wideout Zay Flowers gets involved. In this game, it probably won’t matter who catches the ball.

A healthy Baltimore is a better Baltimore, as the point spread would indicate.

(Our NFL Week 1 best bets include hammering the Ravens against the spread.)

Survivor Week 1 Rankings Grid

RkTeamGrade
1Dallas Cowboys@ Washington CommandersA+
2Tampa Bay Buccaneers@ Carolina PanthersA
3Jacksonville Jaguars@ Tennessee TitansA
4Cincinnati BengalsCleveland BrownsA-
5Philadelphia Eagles@ New York GiantsA-
6Pittsburgh Steelers@ Baltimore RavensB+
7New Orleans SaintsAtlanta FalconsB+
8Detroit LionsMinnesota VikingsB+
9Los Angeles ChargersKansas City ChiefsB
10Buffalo Bills@ Miami DolphinsB
11Green Bay PackersChicago BearsB
12Seattle Seahawks@ Arizona CardinalsB
13San Francisco 49ersLos Angeles RamsB
14Denver Broncos@ Las Vegas RaidersB_
15Indianapolis ColtsHouston TexansB-
16New England PatriotsNew York JetsB-
17New York Jets@ New England PatriotsB-
18Houston Texans@ Indianapolis ColtsB-
19Las Vegas RaidersDenver Broncos
20Los Angeles Rams@ San Francisco 49ersC+
21Arizona CardinalsSeattle SeahawksC+
22Chicago Bears@ Green Bay PackersC+
23Miami DolphinsBuffalo BillsC+
24Kansas City Chiefs@ Los Angeles ChargersC
25Minnesota Vikings@ Detroit LionsC
26Atlanta Falcons@ New Orleans SaintsC-
27Baltimore RavensPittsburgh SteelersD+
28New York GiantsPhiladelphia EaglesD
29Cleveland Browns@ Cincinnati BengalsD
30Tennessee TitansJacksonville JaguarsD-
31Carolina PanthersTampa Bay BuccaneersD-
32Washington CommandersDallas CowboysF

Survivor Week 1 Sleeper

Atlanta Falcons vs Carolina Panthers

Again, we’re fading a rookie quarterback. While I am a huge fan of Bryce Young’s future, it could be tough sledding for a while. This roster has been gutted, and it’s going to take time.

Atlanta certainly has question marks, starting with quarterback Desmond Ridder. The surrounding cast has intriguing weapons, and it should be too much for Carolina to deal with.

It’s not a huge spread, although I’m comfortable with that. If you’re feeling confident in Week 1, it’s an option.

Survivor Week 1 Team To Save For Future

Philadelphia Eagles @ New England Patriots

The Super Bowl runner-up starts the season with a slippery road game against the Patriots.

Although we don’t know exactly what kind of team Bill Belichick will have in such a loaded division, this is not the ideal start to the season for the Eagles.

Beyond this individual game, Philly will play the Vikings, Buccaneers, Commanders, and Rams over the next six weeks. That’s a nice way of saying better opportunities await.

Patience, my friend.

Survivor Week 1 Chalk Team That Could Lose

San Francisco 49ers @ Pittsburgh Steelers

While San Francisco is largely considered one of the favorites to come out of the NFC, this is a difficult road trip to start the year. We’ll see how Brock Purdy fairs in his first game back from surgery and how a defense that is currently without Nick Bosa will compete.

On the Pittsburgh side, Kenny Pickett looks to be gaining momentum, and George Pickens looks like one of the best young wideouts in the NFL. Time will tell if that’s the case, although the oddsmakers seem to think so based on such a short line.

I’m staying far away from this one.

Read our full 49ers vs Steelers betting guide.

Author

Adam Kramer

Adam Kramer is an NFL, college football, and gambling analyst for The Game Day. While college football has long been his calling, he’s also covered sports such as boxing, horse racing, and baseball at The Game Day and in other places. He’s also written for Bleacher Report, VSiN, and various other outlets over the past decade-plus.

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