NFL Survivor Week 7 Rankings

Last Updated: Oct 18, 2023

What became abundantly clear last weekend is that no one is safe. As the Bills struggled mightily against the Giants as two-touchdown favorites, an unfathomable amount of Survivor selections were hanging in the balance.

While Buffalo ultimately squeezed out a win, it was a reminder that no pick is ever as easy as it looks.

That’s a fitting segue to Week 7, which looks nothing like the week that came before it. There’s a distinct lack of large favorites, which makes the selection process much more challenging.

Here’s a breakdown of the NFL week through a Survivor lens.

Survivor Week 7 Best Picks

Seattle Seahawks vs Arizona Cardinals

Bet against the Cardinals. Let’s move on.

Fine, it’s not that simple.

Arizona has been frisky enough this year to give us pause. Despite doing seemingly everything in their power to tank before the season began, the Cardinals have had a pulse throughout.

Still, they have won just a single game this season, and last week’s ugly 26-9 road loss to the Rams feels more in line with what we expected to see. Traveling to a tougher road environment a week later should make for an even steeper climb.

The Seahawks are coming off a loss to the Bengals, and the offense wasn’t great in it. Being at home, however, should greatly help QB Geno Smith and crew get right.

Expect the Seahawks to win by double digits. There are no sure things, but this feels safe and it’s reflected in the NFL Week 7 odds.

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Buffalo Bills @ New England Patriots

When Bill Belichick is part of the “hot seat” discussion, it’s clear things have taken a turn.

The Patriots are 1-5 and have been outscored 93-20 over the past three weeks. The offense is a mess, the defense is out of sync, and the franchise is completely lacking life.

While the Bills nearly lost last week as massive favorites against the Giants, they avoided what would have been a Survivor bloodbath. Josh Allen struggled and was banged up some, but the offense did just enough in the end. He remains a top frontrunner in the NFL MVP odds.

Although road trips in the NFL are never easy, some are easier than others. The timing is right on this one, even if Buffalo just gave us a scare.

Survivor Week 7 Rankings Grid

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 7 Sleeper

Los Angeles Rams vs Pittsburgh Steelers

There aren’t many weeks in which the Rams are a viable play.

At 3-3, however, Los Angeles is off to a quietly solid start. The three losses thus far have come against the formidable 49ers, Bengals, and Eagles. Only the game versus Philadelphia was decided by more than a touchdown.

Playing Pittsburgh at home provides a golden opportunity to get above .500. While the Steelers are 3-2, their schedule has been more than favorable. Granted, they are coming off a bye and their last performance was a win over Baltimore.

But the questions surrounding this offense still loom, and the Rams seem every bit up to this challenge. If in a bind, don’t shy away from this one.

Survivor Week 7 Team to Save for the Future

Cleveland Browns @ Indianapolis Colts

Coming off a massive win against San Francisco, the expectations for the Browns’ season, even with the status of their starting quarterback up in the air, have drastically changed.

But if there were ever a potential hangover spot, this is it. Heading on the road after such a thrilling victory feels like the ultimate trap game.

Both the Browns and Colts have gotten used to playing backup QBs, and that alone makes this a bit more of a mystery. While Gardner Minshew threw three interceptions last week, he also passed for more than 300 yards.

In short, he’s capable of making this a game. And while the Browns’ defense has looked superb, this seems like one to monitor from afar.

Survivor Week 7 Chalk Team That Could Lose

Kansas City Chiefs vs Los Angeles Chargers

It’s not a tremendous week in terms of options, which could make the Chiefs a reasonable temptation. Given the way the Chargers folded against the Cowboys, this one will only gain steam.

Indeed, head coach Brandon Staley appears to be heading closer to the hot seat if he’s not already there. But with Justin Herbert and a talented roster, this team still isn’t much fun to bet against. I wouldn’t count on Staley cracking the NFL Coach of the Year odds.

If we were seeing Kansas City at an optimal level, perhaps the feeling would be different. But after lackluster showings against the Bears, Jets, and Broncos, the Chiefs look like a shadow of their former selves.

Despite being 5-1, they don’t inspire a lot of confidence.


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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