Bye weeks have arrived, and the smaller number of games adds to the degree of difficulty in NFL survivor pools. Of course, as we found out in Week 5, things can be difficult enough anyway. Just ask those who had the Vikings or the Patriots. Or even the Ravens on Monday night.
Minnesota kicked a 54-yard field goal to beat the Detroit Lions in a game that had nearly 58 percent of the Circa survivor field gasping for air. New England led for 15 seconds against the Houston Texans, but those were the most important 15 seconds because they came at the end of the game. The Ravens didn’t lead until they won with a touchdown in overtime.
It isn’t easy. The rules make it sound easy, but it really isn’t an easy proposition. And now we’ve reached the toughest week to date.
Bye weeks have begun. The Falcons, Saints, Jets and 49ers would not have been popular teams in a survivor context anyway, but fading those teams might have been an option. This week’s betting board features a lot of small lines hovering around key numbers as well, including some really uncomfortable favorites.
Through five weeks in this column, the picks have been the Rams, Packers, Broncos, Bengals and Ravens. The “Games to Consider” section has gone 13-3.
Let’s see if we can find some good options for Week 6.