Week 12 of the NFL season kicked off with an AFC South showdown on Thursday Night Football between the Houston Texans and Indianapolis Colts. The weekend slate will wrap up with a huge matchup on Monday Night Football featuring the Los Angeles Rams hosting the Baltimore Ravens. Teams all across the league are starting to make their playoff push, and division and conference races are heating up as well.
If you are still alive in your survivor pool, then you are likely running out of options, but you are also extremely close to reaching the end of the season. It’s important to search through the schedule to find the three best matchups around the league.
Luckily, we have already done that work for you, and we have found the three best survivor picks of the week around the NFL. Let’s break down each of these three teams and their matchups, and give you plenty of reasons for picking each of them.
Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati Bengals
It’s usually a pretty risky strategy to pick a road team to win in a Survivor pool, but we are making an exception this week. The Pittsburgh Steelers are on the road to take on the Cincinnati Bengals in this game, and this should be an easy victory.
Pittsburgh hasn’t exactly had a terrific season, but it has found a way to win four of its last five games. The Steelers have a stout defense, and that should bode well in this game.
The biggest reason to pick Pittsburgh is the fact that the Cincinnati Bengals are a mess in 2019. The Bengals have yet to win a game, and they haven’t really been close in many of their contests. This is a terrific rivalry game, but Pittsburgh will have no trouble on Sunday.
Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints
The New Orleans Saints have been on a mission all season long, and they have been extremely impressive. New Orleans comes into this game with a record of 8-2, and they are almost impossible to beat at home in the dome.
Carolina does have a superstar in running back Christian McCaffrey, but that’s about the only real weapon that the Panthers have. Carolina’s defense has really struggled of late, and that is not a good situation to be in against the Saints and their explosive offense.
New Orleans is going to score a ton of points on Sunday, and it is going to roll to an easy win.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Atlanta Falcons
This game could be interesting, but recent history over the last two weeks has helped us identify the winner of this game. Atlanta has been scoring points like crazy in the last two weeks, and it has led to two straight victories.
Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan is having another monster season, and he should have a field day against a horrible Buccaneers defense. Tampa Bay can score points as well, but it has yet to prove that it can stop anyone.
The Buccaneers try to outscore every team that they play, and that strategy just won’t work consistently in the NFL. Take the Atlanta Falcons over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in this Week 12 showdown.
These are the three teams that we feel are the biggest “locks” of the weekend, but there aren’t really many other options. There are some terrific games on the schedule in Week 12, and it should lead to a highly competitive week of football. Take one of these three “winners” in your survival pool, and you will live to play another week.