Last week the Bears were your Survivor Pool lock. Easy win, nothing to see here, let's get to 2-0. Actually none of the games were easy: I won four of my five top picks but none of them were easy. The one I lost? The pick for Dave Richard and Pete Prisco who now have a red X on their record.
For those that are new: each Thursday night, myself and Pete Prisco will make survivor picks to help you guys plan for the week. I'll break those down here in advance of Sunday. We'll feature our top-five options, who we're picking, my sleeper pick and my trap-game pick. Pregame Live leads up to Thursday night's game so you can get the picks then if you want (7:30 p.m. ET) or you can tweet me @WillBrinson if you're worried about getting a pick in before Thursday.
To the picks:
1) Seattle Seahawks -- It's an easy pick at No. 1 this week. The Seahawks are a 19.5-point favorite at home. They are playing a non-division opponent. They are one of the two or three best teams in the league. Their opponent is Jacksonville. A Jaguars victory in Seattle -- where Pete Carroll hasn't lost since Christmas Eve in 2011 -- would legitimately be a historical upset. Not happening.
2) Denver Broncos -- The next best thing to Seattle. Why don't you want Denver? Well Ryan Clady is injured so there's a little concern there. Terrelle Pryor's made some noise with the Raiders through two weeks. And most importantly: the Broncos play the Jaguars at home in Week 6. If you can afford to wait you want to do that.
3) San Francisco 49ers -- Lots of folks believe the Colts will keep things close when Andrew Luck and Jim Harbaugh square off. Not me. The 49ers are coming off an embarrassing loss to the Seahawks on prime time and they don't lose back-to-back games under Jim Harbaugh. They're also quite good at home. I think this one gets ugly.
4) New Orleans Saints -- This matchup against the Cardinals certainly warrants trap game consideration but the Saints should be good enough to handle Arizona in what could be a shootout. Playing in New Orleans is extremely difficult. Almost as difficult as matching up with Jimmy Graham. I suspect the Cards can keep Patrick Peterson on Marques Colston but do they have an answer for the NFL's best tight end? It remains to be seen.
5) New England Patriots -- You could argue the Patriots should be higher but until Kenbrell Thompkins and Aaron Dobson actually step up and start making big catches I'm a little hesitant. Tom Brady will likely lean on Julian Edelman once again this week but this game will hinge on whether or not Josh Freeman can get it going. My guess is Bill Belichick routs his friend Greg Schiano and effectively warms up his seat in Tampa.
|Survivor||Week 3 Pick||Analysis|
|There's only one choice this week, really. The Seahawks are coming off a big, emotional win against the 49ers at home so there's some concern of a letdown. But even if they ran out their second team players they'd mandhandle the Jaguars at home on Sunday.|
|I asked Pete why he's picking the Seahawks and here is his verbatim response: "I don't htink Jacksonville's going to score."|
|As you can see above, Jamey agrees with our assessment of this game as well. Seattle is a team you don't want to burn early but you'd rather have the win than anything else. It's a clean sweep for the Seahawks.|