When it comes to the NFL, football fans enjoy the challenge of either wagering on the individual games or participating in fantasy sports pools to help enjoy the weekly games but one of the most challenging games for fans to participate in is the NFL Survivor Pool.
Although many believe that NFL Survivor Pools are simply a game of luck there is quite a fair amount of strategy that goes into winning an NFL Survivor Pool.
With parity in the NFL being so dominant, it has become more difficult to win a survivor pool and with the jackpots ranging from $100 up to $50,000 in some pools, the competition can be fierce.
Our site, RealMoneyFantasyLeagues.com has sponsored our own 2012 NFL Survivor Pool with a guaranteed prize pool of $1000. Knowing how difficult it is to win a Survivor pool, we have created a cheat sheet for players who may need help determining the winning picks for the year.
To all those that enter our 2012 NFL Survivor Pool we wish you luck and we look forward to crowning our winner with a $1,000 prize.
NFL Survivor Picks for Week 1 – 17
Below are the Survivor Pool picks that we feel have the best shot at winning each week for the entire 2012 NFL Season. Try out our picks at our 2012 NFL Survivor Pool.
Week 1 Pick
CHICAGO BEARS to beat the Indianapolis Colts
As “Luck” would have it, this will be the coming out party for number 1 overall pick Andrew Luck. Bright lights, big televised game as well as playing on the road to start the year…what more could you ask for? The Colts will be “Luck”y if they win 4 games this year and this will not be one of them. A tough Bears defense as well as an improved offense leaves the Colts with no chance to win. Take Da Bears and get your pick ready for Week 2.
Week 2 Pick
NY GIANTS to beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The New York Giants are the defending SuperBowl champions have made only a few changes to their team from last year. Tampa Bay is still a team in rebuilding mode looking to find chemistry in 2012. The Giants will have an extra 4 days of rest from their season opener so this should a pretty easy win. If there is a point of concern it would be that this could be a letdown game following a big divisional opener against the Cowboys. Bottom line, we still like the Giants to win without too much trouble.
Week 3 Pick
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS to beat the Kansas City Chiefs
For the Chiefs this will be the second straight road game and playing inside the Superdome against Brees and the Saints offense won’t be much fun. Despite the mess the Saints had with offseason suspensions, they should start to find their form by the 3rd game of the season and should be able to rack up the points against a weak Chiefs pass defense.
Week 4 Pick
ARIZONA CARDINALS to beat the Miami Dolphins
Write down this prediction – Week 4 of the NFL season could see a lot of Survivor players get knocked out of their pools. Most of the scheduled games are fierce divisional rivalries which are always games to avoid in Survivor contests. We will pick a safer game with a home team facing an opponent across the country. This game isn’t an easy pick, but the Cardinals should be able to exploit the soft Miami Dolphin pass defense and score the win.
Week 5 Pick
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS to beat the Buffalo Bills
The Bills will be coming off a tough game against the Patriots and they could be set for a letdown against the 49ers. San Fran’s defense should be able to swallow up the inconsistent Bills offense and since the Bills will be crossing time zones getting to the Bay, we would be shocked if they even show up in this one.
Week 6 Pick
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS to beat the Kansas City Chiefs
This pick will be scrutinized but Tampa Bay will be coming off their bye and will be well-rested in front of their home crowd. The Chiefs will be facing an NFC team after playing a tough game against the Baltimore Ravens in week 5. Take the Bucs and use a better team another week.
Week 7 Pick
OAKLAND RAIDERS to beat the Jacksonville Jaguars
The Oakland Raiders always play well in the “black hole”. With McFadden back running and a better offense led by Carson Palmer, the Raiders should be hitting their stride by week 7. Although the Jaguars will be coming off a bye which is always a concern, they will still be travelling across the country to play a superior Raiders team.
Week 8 Pick
GREEN BAY PACKERS to beat the Jacksonville Jaguars
Not a guaranteed win – but a 99.9% lock. Green Bay will be in the cozy confines of Lambeau Field just as the weather will begin to be a factor in games. Jacksonville will be travelling from Oakland for their second tough road game in a row and will face possibly the best team in the NFL. Aaron Rodgers should have a stat filling day against the Jaguars and an easy win for your Survivor pool.
Week 9 Pick
HOUSTON TEXANS to beat the Buffalo Bills
Both these teams will be coming off a bye week so that advantage is removed. The Texans are the better team and Buffalo has a poor run defense allowing the Texans and Arian Foster to exploit the Bills all day. Houston is the home team and home field advantage should always be considered when picking your teams in an NFL Survivor Pool. We have a lot of confidence that Houston should pull this one out.
Week 10 Pick
BALTIMORE RAVENS to beat the Oakland Raiders
The Raiders travel across the country to take on the tough defensive Baltimore Ravens. The weather should be colder than Oakland is used to allowing Ray Rice the opportunity to exploit the weaker run defense of the Raiders. The Ravens should be able to control the ball and walk away with the win.
Week 11 Pick
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS to beat the Indianapolis Colts
In a game that used to be circled on the calendar is now just another game as the Colts head to snowy New England. Andrew Luck will be facing one of the best defensive minded coaches in Bill Belichek and will be left dizzy with the defensive schemes that he will be facing. While the Patriots will be trying to secure top spot in the AFC East, Indy will be on their way to securing a top 5 draft pick in next year’s draft. This should be a blowout win for the Patriots.
Week 12 Pick
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES to beat the Carolina Panthers
Another tough week for players that will still be active in their Survivor Pool. Of all the games on the board, the Monday Night game between the two fastest quarterbacks in the NFL (provided they are still healthy by Week 12) is the one we like the most. Michael Vick and the Eagles have more weapons on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball than Cam Newton does. The Eagles will be playing at home in prime time in a much anticipated game of running QB’s, but we like the Eagles to pull out the victory as the better overall team.
Week 13 Pick
DETROIT LIONS to beat the Indianapolis Colts
It’s like Bizarro World in the NFL; the Lions are favored over the Colts. Indy is in the rebuilding phase of the franchise, while Detroit is a legitimate playoff contender. The Lions will also have an extra three days’ rest after their Thanksgiving Day game and while the Lions are looking at a playoff spot, the Colts will be playing out the schedule into next year’s draft. Lions win big in this one.
Week 14 Pick
PITTSBURGH STEELERS to beat the San Diego Chargers
The Steelers and their offense should be firing on all cylinders heading into a cold December game against the warm weather San Diego Chargers. The Chargers will be travelling across the country to play Pittsburgh and playing in a hostile environment in what is likely to be nasty and cold weather should be enough for the Steelers to win.
Week 15 Pick
SAN DIEGO CHARGERS to beat the Carolina Panthers
At this point of the NFL Survivor pool we are faced with some tough choices in making a pick as most of the stronger teams have already been used in previous weeks. With the Chargers likely still fighting for a wildcard spot and the Panthers probably out of the playoff running and playing out the string, we like the Chargers to win in a close game.
Week 16 Pick
DENVER BRONCOS to beat the Cleveland Browns
Will Peyton Manning’s arm still hold up by this point of the season? Will the Denver Broncos still be in a playoff battle? We are assuming the answer will be YES to both those questions. Regardless of what Denver will be doing, the Browns are still a bad team and should be making offseason plans by this point.
Week 17 Pick
TENNESSEE TITANS to beat the Jacksonville Jaguars
If by Week 17 you haven’t already won your 2012 NFL Survivor Pool then now is the time to throw out all of your Survivor Pool strategies out the window. You must face teams that are sitting key players, teams that are desperate for a playoff spot and teams that have mentally checked out by this time and are playing not to get hurt. The Titans should still be playing for a wildcard whereas the Jaguars will have nothing to gain in this game. Take the Titans and claim your 2012 NFL Survivor Pool Prize!
Author bio: Alex K. is a writer and partner at Real Money Fantasy Leagues, a website which focuses on connecting to and promoting daily fantasy sports. Sign up today to our inaugural 2012 NFL Survivor Pool and take your shot at a guaranteed $1,000 prize.