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Survivor Pool Picks: Week 14, 2021

By Matthew Schiff | 12/9/21

#3: Seattle over Houston
(10-3: buf, TB, AZ, GB, MN, PIT, LAR, KC, no, DAL, LAC, ind, PHI)

Houston continues to be picked on in this column. In years past, they were the worst secondary in the league, and this year, they continue this dubious stat of being 28th in total yards allowed, and 30th in total points allowed. On the offensive side of the ball, it doesn’t matter who is under center, the team is dead last in points scored per game at 13.7.

It won’t take much for Russell Wilson, the aging Adrian Petersen and Alex Collins to put up an offense that should bury the Texans by the end of the first half. This is not going to be a competitive game and definitely a game that the Seahawks need to stay in the Wild Card hunt.

If you play your Survival Pool with the motto that you never pick divisional games in a big week. Then this is your game in Week 14.

#2: Los Angeles Chargers over NY Giants
(10-3: TB, GB, DEN, no, NE, LAR, bal, cin, MIA, BUF, CLE, DAL, IND)

Second year quarterback Justin Herbert has his Chargers right in the middle of the AFC Wild Card, and in shouting distance of the AFC West title. But he may be the only starter for the Chargers able to play.

Austin Ekeler is Questionable with an ankle injury and Mike Williams and Keenan Allen are on the COIVD 19 list. Both will need two negative tests before Sunday to play. As such, this game is riskier than the line says.

But Daniel Jones has been left out to dry by Giants management and has had to work behind one of the worst offensive lines in the NFL this season. That fact is glaring as the Giants have had to manufacture offense that just has been horrible which led to the firing of offensive coordinator Jason Garrett.

Yes, Saquon Barkley is finally back to give the G-Men a rushing spark. But is he back to being 100%? Devontae Booker played well in his absence, but it has been a carousel at wide receiver, once considered a strength at the beginning of the season.

The Giants defense is prone to giving up yards and points through the air, something Herbert is adept at regardless of who is on the receiving end.

Look for the Chargers to continue their march to the playoffs as the G-Men start thinking about whether David Gettleman will still be the GM at the end of the season.

#1: Green Bay over Chicago
(11-2: SF, CLE, CAR, BUF, TB, KC, AZ, LAR, dal, IND, ten, BAL, MN)

Aaron Rodgers is leading his NFC Central Packers through the 2021 season in quiet fashion. No matter who is in the backfield, or on the receiving end of Rodgers passes, this Packers team seems destined for the playoffs. Question is, once they get there, how much staying power do they have.

The Bears meanwhile are returning to Justin Fields (ribs) this week. Yes, David Montgomery is in the backfield again and might have a 1000-yard season, but the Bears are 30th in total yard, 32nd in passing yards, and 30th in total points scored. The Bears’ offense has committed the 3rd most turnovers and is facing a defense that… you guessed it, has the 3rd most turnovers. This is a formula for an old fashion drubbing by the Pack over their division rival.