The National Football League season is in full swing and online sportsbooks across the country are taking tons of action on the NFL each and every Sunday. But if you’re not betting on the NFL, there are alternative and uniquely exciting ways to make money on the most popular sports league in the United States, and one of them is taking part in a season-long NFL survivor pool.
Below, we’ll get into what these pools are, plus we’ll offer up several games as ones to consider or avoid entirely when making your Week 6 NFL survivor picks. If you’re interested in alternative weekly NFL content to check out before placing your bets, read up on the following:
2021 NFL Survivor Pool Rules
The format for survivor pools is pretty self-explanatory. In order to survive, you must pick one NFL team each week to win their game. The catch is that each team can only be used once, limiting the number of choices you have as the season progresses. The last person standing wins the jackpot, which usually consists of entry fees paid by everyone in the pool.
Each week, we offer multiple survivor selections of varying risks. This includes the pick we’re most confident in along with an option that could offer leverage to help you save the elite teams for a later game. Our third and final selection is a land mine pick, which indicates a team you may want to stay away from this week.
If you are interested in betting on sports, this information can still be valuable. Feel free to take this analysis and head over to some of the leading brands in the industry including DraftKings, FanDuel, or BetMGM, which have a huge range of betting options for every NFL game. Many of these sites also have free-to-play survivor pools, which don’t require an entry fee.
NFL Week 6 Survivor Pool Picks
Los Angeles Rams () at New York Giants
This is a tough week for survivor pools with the Rams and Colts standing out as the most confident locks on the road. The Rams are clearly the easier team to trust and the Giants are simply too shorthanded to keep pace with Matthew Stafford and Sean McVay.
Daniel Jones might get cleared from concussion protocol, but he could be without Saquon Barkley (ankle), Sterling Shepard (hamstring), Darius Slayton (hamstring), and Kenny Golladay (knee) against a talented Rams defense that has underperformed thus far. Defensively, the Giants will be without Blake Martinez (ACL) the rest of the year and they already rank 27th in total DVOA while allowing the fourth-most total YPG (408.6) through five games.
Week 6 Survivor Lock: Los Angeles Rams
Houston Texans at Indianapolis Colts ()
Davis Mills might have peaked as an NFL passer last week against a Patriots team that was still daydreaming about how they almost beat the might Tom Brady in front of a national audience. Prior to that showing, he was 38-for-67 (56.7%) for 257 yards and a 2:5 TD:INT ratio over three starts, albeit against quality defenses.
Indianapolis is least disciplined enough under Frank Reich to “contain” this toothless Texans attack and it’s no coincidence that the Colts’ first win of the season came with Xavier Rhodes back in the lineup at Miami. Indy has taken four of the last five meetings with Houston, and those came with Deshaun Watson under center. The Colts are 17-4 when listed as home favorites since Reich took over in 2018.
Week 6 Survivor Leverage Pick: Indianapolis Colts
Tampa Bay Buccaneers () at Philadelphia Eagles – Thursday, Oct. 14 (8:20 p.m. ET)
Tom Brady just lit the Dolphins defense on fire and passed for over 400 yards with 5 TDs for the first time in his storied career. Now is the time to fade the 44-year-old as he plays on a short week against an aggressive Eagles defense that can generate pressure up the middle with Fletcher Cox leading the way. Darius Slay and the Philly secondary could be up for the challenge in at least neutralizing the Bucs’ mighty receiving corps and Rob Gronkowski (ribs) is doubtful for Thursday night.
Tampa Bay’s secondary has become slightly less of a sieve since Richard Sherman came aboard, but Jalen Hurts can carve up that unit and his mobility helps negate the strength of Tampa’s defensive tackles (Ndamokung Suh and Vita Vea). Give Hurts a chance, and he’s a guy who can pull off some special plays in big moments. Tampa will certainly have easier games the rest of the way.
Week 6 Land Mine Survivor Pick: Tampa Bay Buccaneers