A couple of the top Super Bowl contenders will be facing the AFC’s two worst teams in Week 14, making them the most likely straight-up winners. If you’ve made it this far in a 2022 NFL survivor pool, you might have to look for a less reliable option than the Dallas Cowboys or Kansas City Chiefs.
Here’s a ranking of the top-10 survivor picks for Week 14.
1) Dallas Cowboys (vs. Houston Texans)
A win for the Texans would be the biggest upset of the season, by far. Houston has lost seven straight games by at least a touchdown since picking up its only victory. The Cowboys are 5-1 since Dak Prescott returned from injury.
2) Kansas City Chiefs (at Denver Broncos)
The Chiefs have a 13-game winning streak against the Broncos. Denver’s offense seems to be getting worse during its four-game losing streak. The Chiefs are averaging 15.4 points per game more than the Broncos.
3) Seattle Seahawks (vs. Carolina Panthers)
The Panthers are four games under .500 and down to their third starting quarterback. Geno Smith has been a top-two NFC quarterback for the Seahawks. Carolina is 0-5 on the road.
4) Buffalo Bills (vs. New York Jets)
The Jets managed to beat the Bills in New York a few weeks ago, but the story should be different in Buffalo. The Bills are the AFC’s No. 1 seed and have the conference’s best point differential.
5) Tennessee Titans (vs. Jacksonville Jaguars)
After losing consecutive games against Super Bowl contenders, Tennessee should bounce back against Jacksonville. The Titans have a five-game winning streak against Jacksonville and nine wins in their last 10 meetings. The Jaguars are 1-5 on the road.
6) Cincinnati Bengals (vs. Cleveland Browns)
Expect a different outcome than Cleveland’s blowout win at home against Cincinnati a few weeks ago. That was the Bengals’ only loss in their last seven games. Deshaun Watson played poorly in his first game with the Browns, and the team didn’t score an offensive touchdown.
7) Philadelphia Eagles (at New York Giants)
New York’s fast start has come to a screeching halt amid a rash of injuries. The Giants’ only win in their last five games came against the Texans, which can’t beat anyone. Philadelphia has responded to its first loss of the season by going on a three-game winning streak.
8) Las Vegas Raiders (at Los Angeles Rams)
With Matthew Stafford and Cooper Kupp likely done for the season, the Rams might not win again in 2022. Las Vegas is on a three-game winning streak. This will probably feel like a Raiders’ home game.
9) San Francisco 49ers (vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
The 49ers are usually a good bet to win at home, even with a backup quarterback under center. San Francisco is 5-1 at home and has the league’s No. 1 ranked defense. The Buccaneers have a losing record on the road and a disappointing offense.
10) New England Patriots (at Arizona Cardinals)
A matchup between Bill Belichick and Kliff Kingsbury heavily favors New England. The Cardinals’ home-field advantage has been non-existent with a 1-5 record in Arizona. The Cardinals are 0-6 against teams that have a .500 record or better.
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