As the weeks tick forward and the leaves begin to fall, the intensity on the NFL Survivor front only continues to mount.
There’s no shortage of available options for Week 6, which offers up a handful of massive point spreads and a slew of others that stretch beyond a field goal. Some of these spreads feel almost college football-esque, which could make for compelling options.
As for spreads big and small, here’s how we’re navigating Survivor during Week 6.
Survivor Week 6 Best Picks
New York Giants vs Buffalo Bills
There’s an argument to be made for two teams being atop our rankings, but we’ll settle on the Bills.
Granted, Buffalo is coming off a loss, and it had to travel back across an ocean after said loss. The performance against the Jaguars was sloppy, and some might find that matter concerning heading into this week.
In terms of setting and opponent, however, this feels like a complete 180. Josh Allen and company will play at home, and the Bills have outscored opponents 78-30 in their own building this season. Throw in a Giants team dealing with injuries and inadequate offensive line play, and you have a potent combination.
Although the long-term concerns about the Bills’ injuries are real, they won’t be a factor in this game. Allen is among the frontrunners in the NFL MVP odds.
Use our NFL Eliminator tips to place bets with the NFL odds:
Miami Dolphins vs Carolina Panthers
If Buffalo isn’t to your liking, Miami should be.
The Dolphins are a massive favorite at home against the winless Panthers, and the offense is likely to be firing on all cylinders. Last week, the Lions scored 42 points on this group, and Carolina will have to play on the road for the second consecutive Sunday.
It seems reasonable to expect big games from speedsters De’Von Achane and Tyreek Hill. Both have been largely dominant all season, and this doesn’t feel like a week where that would change.
For rookie QB Bryce Young and the Panthers’ offense, it’s about keeping up. Or, well, at least trying to. That seems like too tall of an order given the state of the franchise.
Survivor Week 6 Rankings Grid
|1||Miami Dolphins||@ Washington Commanders||A|
|2||Jacksonville Jaguars||Cincinnati Bengals||A|
|3||Dallas Cowboys||Seattle Seahawks||A|
|4||Kansas City Chiefs||@ Green Bay Packers||A-|
|5||Pittsburgh Steelers||Arizona Cardinals||A-|
|6||Los Angeles Chargers||@ New England Patriots||A-|
|7||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Carolina Panthers||B+|
|8||Los Angeles Rams||Cleveland Browns||B+|
|9||Detroit Lions||@ New Orleans Saints||B|
|10||Houston Texans||Denver Broncos||B|
|11||San Francisco 49ers||@ Philadelphia Eagles||B|
|12||Atlanta Falcons||@ New York Jets||B-|
|13||Tennessee Titans||Indianapolis Colts||B-|
|14||Indianapolis Colts||@ Tennessee Titans||C+|
|15||New York Jets||Atlanta Falcons||C+|
|16||Philadelphia Eagles||San Francisco 49ers||C+|
|17||Denver Broncos||@ Houston Texans||C|
|18||New Orleans Saints||Detroit Lions||C|
|19||Cleveland Browns||@ Los Angeles Rams||C-|
|20||Carolina Panthers||@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers||C-|
|21||New England Patriots||Los Angeles Chargers||D+|
|22||Arizona Cardinals||@ Pittsburgh Steelers||D+|
|23||Green Bay Packers||Kansas City Chiefs||D|
|24||Seattle Seahawks||@ Dallas Cowboys||D-|
|25||Cincinnati Bengals||@ Jacksonville Jaguars||D-|
|26||Washington Commanders||Miami Dolphins||D-|
Survivor Week 6 Sleeper
Baltimore Ravens @ Tennessee Titans
Another week, another London game. And it feels like we’re getting Baltimore at a discount right now.
That doesn’t excuse last week’s loss to the Steelers. Lamar Jackson threw the ball incredibly well, but his receivers suffered from drops and poor play overall. Seriously, what was that?
The end result was a loss that likely hit many Survivor participants hard.
This week, talent should take over. The wideouts should catch the ball better, and Jackson is likely to put on a show overseas.
On the other side, the Titans are coming off an ugly loss to the Colts. Ryan Tannehill was “meh," which feels like his operating state these days.
In a battle with Jackson, “meh" isn’t going to be good enough. While some might shy away from the team after last week, let’s just call it a mulligan and move on. Unless you had them, that is.
Survivor Week 6 Team to Save for the Future
San Francisco 49ers @ Cleveland Browns
It’s pretty clear that the 49ers, at least right now, are the best team in football. As such, there will be a temptation to take this team at every opportunity, regardless of opponent.
Last week, we pegged San Francisco as a sleeper despite playing a really good team at home. That (obviously) worked well given how thoroughly the 49ers dismantled the Cowboys. This week, we’re going to take a pass and watch from afar.
The Browns are coming off a bye, and QB Deshaun Watson remains iffy with an injury. Even so, this is a long road trip to a difficult place to play. After dominating in such a high-profile spot, a letdown certainly feels like a possibility for San Francisco.
In all likelihood, it’s not going to matter. Quarterback Brock Purdy continues to dazzle, and Cleveland probably won’t have the firepower to counter.
Still, we’re staying away. There are better options to consider.
Survivor Week 6 Chalk Team That Could Lose
Philadelphia Eagles @ New York Jets
Although the Eagles are unbeaten and look like one of the best teams in the NFL, they’ve also played several close games against inferior opponents. That formula certainly feels like it applies here, as the Jets head home following a solid win in Denver.
Zach Wilson wasn’t superb last week, but he wasn’t putrid either. Since the game against Kansas City, he has shown improvement. And if the Jets can run the ball now that Breece Hall seems to be hitting his stride, this one could get a little dicey.
Or maybe a talented Philly defense manhandles a leaky Jets offensive line. That certainly seems possible. And perhaps QB Jalen Hurts dazzles against one of the league’s better overall defenses.
This one just feels a tad slippery. While the Eagles are likely to garner plenty of support, we’re steering clear.