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NFL Survivor Week 5 Rankings

Last Updated: Oct 4, 2023

When it comes to Survivor, Week 4 was all about the “almost." From the Eagles to the Chiefs, we saw close calls for two hugely popular teams on the Survivor front.

While there are a handful of games with large point spreads in Week 5, there aren’t a plethora of obvious options to choose from. But, we have an assignment: survive.

Here are this week’s picks, starting in an obvious place.

Survivor Week 5 Best Picks

Miami Dolphins vs New York Giants

We’ll get to the Dolphins, although we simply must start with the Giants, who have played one good half of football through four games. The latest offering against Seattle was a football dumpster fire — the offensive line is a mess, Daniel Jones is out of sorts, and the entire group isn’t meshing.

For at least one week, Miami didn’t mesh, either. The Dolphins’ defense was dissected by Buffalo, and one of the hottest teams in the NFL finally cooled off.

The Miami offense should do just fine against New York, though. Expect a much cleaner performance from NFL MVP candidate Tua Tagovailoa and his weapons and for the Dolphins to cruise.

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

Detroit Lions vs Carolina Panthers

It’s becoming increasingly clear that the Lions are no longer just a fun football team. They are a talented, balanced squad with an emerging defense.

That theme has carried throughout much of the year, and it was on display last Thursday when Detroit defeated Green Bay (34-20). From running back David Montgomery to defensive end Aidan Hutchinson, this was a complete effort.

It goes without saying, but the Panthers aren’t there yet.

Still, the group competes, and this won’t be a three-touchdown win. It will still be plenty comfortable, which is all we need to get to another week.

Survivor Week 5 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 5 Sleeper

San Francisco 49ers vs Dallas Cowboys

Now, let’s address the obvious: San Francisco, the No. 1 team in our NFL power rankings, is rarely (if ever) a sleeper.

In this instance, however, the 49ers likely won’t be as popular of a pick. They’re playing the Cowboys in the biggest game of Week 6. (It’s also one of the best games of the year.)

Naturally, many will shy away from this spot, especially considering how the Cowboys looked in a 38-3 win against the Patriots on Sunday. Dallas was indeed impressive, although San Francisco is still a tremendous threat and opposition at home.

While this wouldn’t be a first choice, consider it an option. The 49ers could be used on plenty of occasions, although this one should work just fine.

Survivor Week 5 Team To Save For Future

Cincinnati Bengals @ Arizona Cardinals

Before the season began, this looked like an ideal Survivor spot. As it stands now, however, the Bengals are a mystery.

Cincinnati’s last win was a 19-16 nail-biter at home against the Los Angeles Rams. And against the Browns and Titans, the Bengals were outscored 51-6.

As such, we need to wait and see. A hobbled Joe Burrow is clearly not as effective, and the collective performance cannot be counted upon.

Throw in the performance of a feisty Arizona team, and this one has all sorts of strangeness circling. Hard pass all around.

Survivor Week 5 Chalk Team That Could Lose

Kansas City Chiefs @ Minnesota Vikings

At long last, the Vikings won a football game.

Minnesota conquered Carolina on Sunday, 21-13, although it wasn’t pretty. After three ugly losses, however, an ugly win will play just fine.

On paper, this feels like a sizable mismatch. Patrick Mahomes vs Kirk Cousins doesn’t exactly have a competitive ring to it, although a second consecutive road game could take its toll on Kansas City.

Plus, KC hasn’t exactly been dominant this year. Outside of a win over the woeful Bears, the Chiefs have played largely competitive games.

Although the narrative will say otherwise, this is a game the favorite can absolutely drop on the road.

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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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