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Survivor Pool Picks: Week 6, 2021

By Matthew Schiff | 10/14/21

Upset Special: Houston over Indianapolis

Last week the Colts went into Baltimore and almost pulled off the upset, if not for superhuman, Lamar Jackson and his AFC player of the week performance. This week, the Colts host a Houston team and David Mills that almost pulled off the upset in New England with his three touchdowns. If not for some missed extra points, the rookie QB wouldíve stunned the Patriots faithful. Based on what the Texans have done offensively in the last two weeks, Indianapolis better come to play for four quarters, or the chance of getting back in the divisional battle will be over before midseason. Yes, this is supposed to be the easiest game of the week (according to oddsmakers). But these are divisional opponents and Houston is getting better. This one scares me.

#3: Pittsburgh over Seattle: (4-1: buf, TB, AZ, GB, MN)

The Steelers host a Seahawks team that will be playing without Russell Wilson (hand) for the first time since he was drafted. Chris Carson (neck) is expected to play, but Alex Collins will split time in the backfield with Geno Smith, the former Jet and Giant, under center. This doesnít make for a winning formula for a Seahawks team that traditionally doesnít perform well on the east coast.

Pittsburgh meanwhile has an aging 37 year-old QB in Ben Roethlisberger whose mobility is definitely suspect. However, Najee Harris has run hard to relieve the stress on the passing game. Juju Smith-Schuster has been lost for the season thanks to a shoulder injury that is being surgically repaired this week.

This game will rely on the Steel curtain playing tough defense. It is this writerís third pick, and a shaky one at that. But if youíve used my first two picks already, this is the best of the rest.

#2: LA Rams at New York Giants: (4-1: TB, GB, DEN, no, NE)

Matthew Stafford and company come visiting the Big Apple this weekend from La La Land with an offense that is 2nd in passing yards and eighth in scoring. That doesnít bode well for a Giants defense that is in the bottom six in most categories and has been sliced by quarterbacks this season.
Daniel Jones is working his way through the NFL concussion protocol and both Darius Slayton and Sterling Shepherd are expected back this week after missing the last two weeks with hamstring injuries. Rookie Kadarius Toney should play and make an impact, taking Kenny Golladayís spot. with With Saquon Barkley rolling his ankle and out for this game, itís just too much to ask Davontae Booker and the receiving corps to keep up with Cooper Kupp, Robert Woods and Giants killer DeSean Jackson, formerly of the Philadelphia Eagles. The Rams will stretch their opponents to the breaking point, but it will be closer than the line says. Take the Rams this week and relax.

 Rams / Giants Comparison
LAR Off Rk Stat Rk NYG Def
408.2 9 TOT YDS 29 408.6
310.2 2 PASS YDS 22 270.2
98.0 23 RUSH YDS 27 138.4
28.2 8 PTS SCORED 26 27.8
5 12 T OVERS / T AWAYS 16 6

#1: Kansas City over Washington: (5-0: SF, CLE, CAR, BUF, TB)

Itís been a long time since the Chiefs had a losing record. But this team has played a killer schedule, scored an average of 30 points per game, while allowing 32 points per game. Taylor Heinike is not Josh Allen, Baker Mayfield, Lamar Jackson, or even Justin Herbert but the Washington Football team can surprise you. Unfortunately, itís their defense that has surprised everyone. This unit was expected to be a top five in the league but has allowed the second most points per game this season. Combine that with injuries to Ryan Fitzpatrick and Logan Thomas and it may be difficult for Antonio Gibson to find any running room on early downs.
Look for the AFC Champions to bounce back this week.

 Chiefs / Football Team Comparison
KC Off Rk Stat Rk WAS Def
420.4 4 TOT YDS 27 407.8
292.2 5 PASS YDS 27 293.4
128.2 7 RUSH YDS 18 114.4
30.8 5 PTS SCORED 31 31.0
11 31 T OVERS / T AWAYS 29 3