Top Week 12 NFL survivor pool picks

By Adam Burke  ( 

November 28, 2021 07:12 AM

Being alive in your survivor pool in late November is a great accomplishment, but this is about the time when greed really sets in. Even though these contests get harder with each passing week, expectations grow and grow until it becomes “win or bust.”

Those who plan out the season had to have circled Week 12 as one of the most difficult. There just aren’t a lot of obvious considerations, and this is one of the weeks where the league’s parity creates some major challenges.

For the purposes of this article, we are following the traditional survivor rules, so one pick per week. I know that there are some variations out there, including the Circa Survivor here in Vegas, with a rule about picking a Thursday game. I’m not going to limit myself to that, but hopefully you’ve planned accordingly for it if you are in one of those situations.

The Browns narrowly beat the Lions last week, but it was a win all the same. The Titans lost as double-digit favorites, continuing that recent theme, so hopefully you opted for the Browns over the Titans if you had the choice. My Week 10 pick, the Bucs, lost in Week 10, so I’m 10-1 on the season. The games to consider went 2-1 and are 26-12 on the year.

This is a tough one. I’ll do my best to help.


Dallas (-8) over Las Vegas

If you are in one of the aforementioned contests that forces a pick on Thanksgiving, hopefully the Cowboys are the team you have available. Dallas is actually the biggest favorite of the week at -8. With so many coin-flip games on the card, even if you aren’t forced to take a Thursday game, this may simply be the best pick on the board.

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