2021 NFL Week 7 Survivor Pool Picks | Cardinals, Rams Are Big Favorites

Posted By Nate Weitzer on October 21, 2021 - Last Updated on October 24, 2021

The National Football League season is in full swing as we reach Week 7 and online sportsbooks across the country are taking tons of action on the NFL 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 7 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.

Play the survivor pool at DraftKings for a FREE chance at $1 million!

NFL Week 7 Survivor Pool Picks

Houston Texans at Arizona Cardinals ()

Basically, the only way the Cardinals would lose a home game to the Texans would be if they’re completely looking ahead to their upcoming Thursday Night Football matchup with Green Bay. But that game is also at home, so it’s not as if the Cards are going anywhere, and they should be focused on staying undefeated ahead of a matchup with the NFC North leaders.

Kyler Murray’s legs are the ultimate trump card to use against defenses, but he’s beating teams with his arm this year. Murray owns a league-best 73.8% completion rate and he’s played turnover-free football with seven TDs and a 119.3 passer rating over his last 3 starts. Houston’s front seven is talented and they’ve been good against the run, but their secondary ranks 30th in DVOA pass defense and is yielding 8.0 yards per catch. This is also a revenge game for DeAndre Hopkins and the Cardinals could debut new tight end Zach Ertz.

On the other side of the ball, Davis Mills is going to be under siege by Chandler Jones and company. Arizona’s secondary ranks 3rd in DVOA pass defense and their defensive line ranks 3rd against power run blocking per Football Outsiders. There are few weaknesses for the Texans to target with their lackluster personnel.

Week 7 Survivor Lock: Arizona Cardinals

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Detroit Lions at Los Angeles Rams ()

The Rams were our lock pick last week and they’re a leverage pick now that we’re into Week 7 of survivor pools.  If you are eligible to use Los Angeles this week, that is exactly why you make those tougher calls in the early going and save the NFL’s best at a later time. Now, the Rams are 15-point favorites at home against a Lions team that got shut out for 3 quarters at home against the Bengals and are all but guaranteed to cash in for you this week.

The Rams defense has taken off with just 14 PPG allowed and have fixed their issues on 3rd down. Aaron Donald and company forced Daniel Jones into four turnovers last week and Jared Goff is far less mobile, with an equal penchant for fumbling. Matthew Stafford is playing out of his mind with a 116.2 passer rating and has finally found his rapport with Robert Woods to take some pressure off Cooper Kupp. With Darrell Henderson back, the Rams can beat teams through the ground or through the air, and the Lions give up production to both attacks with the second-highest yards per play (6.4) allowed.

Week 7 Survivor Leverage Pick: Los Angeles Rams  

Full Lions vs. Rams Betting Preview

Washington Football Team at Green Bay Packers ()

As mentioned above, the Packers are heading to Arizona after this game for a Thursday matchup that could go a long way towards determining playoff positioning in the NFC. They’re unlikely to get ahead of themselves and lose at home to Washington, but it’s possible, and Aaron Rodgers would shrug it off if it did happen.

Green Bay nearly lost to the Bengals multiple times in Week 5, they were losing to the Bears for a good portion of Sunday’s game, and they’re still without elite CB Jaire Alexander (shoulder, I.R.). The Packers only have 10 sacks through six games. They rank 29th in DVOA rush defense and 25th in opponent’s 3rd down conversion rate (43.9%) this season.

Taylor Heinicke and Terry McLaurin have made some special things happen this year and Washington’s defense was able to force Patrick Mahomes into some mistakes last week as they look to pull out of their tailspin. Chase Young and Montez Sweat could pressure Rodgers with regularity, which is the key to beating Green Bay.

Week 7 Land Mine Survivor Pick: Green Bay Packers

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Nate Weitzer is a successful DFS player at DraftKings and FanDuel with numerous tournament wins in NBA and NFL contests. He's been writing about DFS for several years, specializing in NBA picks and advice while continuing to build his bankroll across the daily fantasy industry. When he's not playing DFS, Weitzer is often covering high school sports in the greater Boston area for outlets such as The Boston Globe, or playing basketball himself. Follow Nate on Twitter @Nweitzer7.

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