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Survivor Guide: Week 5

by Mark Miller
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

*Team listed in BOLD is my pick to win the game


Strong Play:


L.A. Rams (@ Seattle) – Remember when the Thursday night games were boring? Well, apparently, Thursday night games are where the best games of the week are played now, like the one in Week 4 between the Vikings and Rams. The Rams held onto to beat the Vikes 38-31 and improved to 4-0 on the season behind a tremendous game from QB Jared Goff. He was spectacular, completing 26 of his 33 passes for 465 yards and five touchdowns while averaging 14.1 yards per pass. Everyone knew heading into the season that this Rams offense would be very good with Brandin Cooks being added to the receiving corps, but I don’t think people thought that they’d be this explosive. This past week it was Cooper Kupp’s time to explode for 162 yards and two touchdowns. Only five different players caught passes from Goff, but three of them (Kupp, Cooks and Robert Woods) all went for over 100 yards and they all scored a touchdown each while RB Todd Gurley racked up 73 receiving yards and one touchdown. The Rams kick off their three-game road trip by traveling to Seattle this week and I don’t expect their offense to slow down one bit, especially with the Seahawks losing Earl Thomas for the rest of the season after he left last week’s game in an air cast due to a fractured lower leg. Thomas also gave the Seattle sideline the dirty bird as he was being carted off which may have been the highlight of the weekend for Seattle. The Seahawks evened their record at 2-2 with a 20-17 win in Arizona on Sunday. RB Mike Davis made the most of his opportunity with Chris Carson unable to play. Davis ended the afternoon with 101 rushing yards on 21 carries and scored two touchdowns. With this being a short week, Davis could see a good bulk of the carries even if Carson is a go against the Rams. I don’t think that the Seattle running game will have much success against the Rams’ run defense this week which allows just 86 rushing yards per game. Plus, if the Rams offense is rolling again, like I expect them to be, QB Russell Wilson is going to be forced to throw the ball and try to keep pace with the Rams offense, which they won’t be able to.

Next 3 Games:
L.A. Rams: @ Denver, @ San Francisco, vs. Green Bay.
Seattle: vs. Oakland, BYE, @ Detroit

Tennessee (@ Buffalo) – The Buffalo Bills were shut out last week against the Green Bay Packers and are now averaging just 12.5 points per game which ranks second to last in the NFL. Rookie QB Josh Allen got the starting nod again after upsetting the Vikings the week before by the score of 27-6. Things didn’t go as well in Week 4 because he completed less than 50% of his passes (16 for 33) for just 151 yards. He was under pressure the entire afternoon, getting sacked seven times and hit an additional 11 times, which contributed to his two interceptions. Things do not get any easier this week against a Titans team that has won three games in a row, including two against the Jaguars and the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles. The Titans rank sixth in the league in points against and have shown they have a good pass rush by recording 12 sacks on the season. If the Titans defense can swarm Allen, this could be a very long day for the Buffalo Bills and their offensive line. As for the Titans on offense, QB Marcus Mariota put on a great performance in their 26-23 OT win against the Eagles on Sunday. Mariota and Corey Davis were completely in synch with one another with Davis catching nine balls for 161 yards and one touchdown, including the game winner in OT. The Titans still need to establish the running game, because Derrick Henry is averaging just 3.0 yards per carry on the season and has yet to find the end zone but that could end this week against Buffalo who have allowed five rushing TDs on the season, which is tied for 29th in the NFL. But Tennessee is going to win this game through the air. As long we are treated to a similar performance to the one that Mariota put on against Philly last week, Mariota should be able to sling the football all over the place against a Bills’ secondary that has allowed eight touchdowns and has just two interceptions on the season. I don’t think Buffalo is going to get shutout in this game, but they will have problems moving the ball against Tennessee which means they will have trouble scoring more than 10 points this week, making Tennessee a strong play in Survivor Pools.

Next 3 Games:
Tennessee: vs. Baltimore, vs. LA. Chargers, BYE
Buffalo: @ Houston, @ Indianapolis, vs. New England

Decent Play:

Carolina (vs. NY Giants) – The NY Giants offense appeared to be competent on their first drive of the game against the Saints as Eli Manning drove the team down the field by completing six of his seven passes for 41 yards and capping it off with a two-yard touchdown throw to Sterling Shepard. The wheels came off after that first drive though, and the Giants were forced to punt four times on their next five possessions and fifth possession ended in a field goal. Their $90 million wide receiver Odell Beckham has not found the end zone at all this season, and a major reason for that is because Eli Manning has played poorly in three of their four games. Like every defense that faces the Saints, the Giants couldn’t stop Alvin Kamara on Sunday, allowing him to score three rushing touchdowns in the game. The schedule doesn’t get any easier with the Giants having to travel to Carolina to take on the Panthers. Carolina is coming off a bye, which means they’ve had a little bit of extra time to get ready for this game. The key is for the Panthers defense to dominate the Giants offensive line and record a couple sacks in the game. The Panthers defense has also done a very good job at creating turnovers, coming away with more interceptions (5) than passing touchdowns allowed (4) on the season. This plays right in favor of the Panthers this week. RB Christian McCaffrey is coming off the best game of his pro career two weeks ago against the Bengals. He rushed 28 times for 184 yards and is ready to be the primary ball carrier against the Giants this week. I completely expect him to receive more than 20 touches in this game. The Giants haven’t had much of a pass rush this season, collecting the fewest sacks in the league (5). If they are unable to get to QB Cam Newton, he will beat them in the air, passing it to WR Devin Funchess or to McCaffrey. I don’t have any faith in the Giants offense scoring more than 17 points in this game which is why I think the Panthers are a decent play this week.  

Next 3 Games:
NY Giants: vs. Philadelphia, @ Atlanta, vs. Washington
Carolina: @ Washington, @ Philadelphia, vs. Baltimore

Cincinnati (vs. Miami) – The Bengals improved to 3-1 in a very entertaining football game against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 4. QB Andy Dalton has not disappointed this year and he continued his fine season by throwing for 337 yards and three touchdowns. Giovani Bernard filled in for RB Joe Mixon once again this week and finished with 69 yards (4.6 ypc) and two touchdowns. Although Bernard played well, the Bengals are hopeful that RB Joe Mixon returns this week. If he does, that will be a huge boost to their offense. The bad news for Cincinnati is that TE Tyler Eifert is lost the year after breaking his ankle last week. It’s such a shame because he fought hard to get back and was hopeful of playing a full season healthy. The Miami Dolphins have been tough against the run so far this year, allowing just 3.7 yards per carry on the season. So it will come down to Andy Dalton needing to throw the ball and get the ball into his playmaker’s hands. A.J. Green was targeted eight times in their game against the Falcons but he only came away with four catches. I think he’ll make up for that this week against Miami and will approach 100 yards along with a touchdown. The Bengals defense had a tough time against Atlanta, but most defenses have trouble against the Falcons. They should have an easier time shutting down QB Ryan Tannehill and the Dolphins this week. Cincinnati is allowing 4.2 yards per carry and they’ll make sure to contain Kenyan Drake who only has a total of 107 yards and is only averaging 3.2 yards per carry on the season. Miami needs to establish the run in order to have a shot in this game, otherwise Dalton and the Bengals offense could dominate the time of possession which will force Tannehill to have to beat the Bengals with his arm.

Next 3 Games:
Miami: vs. Chicago, vs. Detroit, @ Houston
Cincinnati: vs. Pittsburgh, @ Kansas City, vs. Tampa Bay

New England (vs. Indianapolis) – The New England Patriots ended their two-game skid against the Miami Dolphins and they did it in grand fashion by romping their divisional opponent 38-7. The big star of the game was RB Sony Michel who ended up rushing for 112 yards and one touchdown on 25 carries. James White also contributed 44 yards on the ground on only eight carries (5.5 ypc). The bad news for the Patriots is that Rob Gronkowski injured his ankle in the game and although it is not considered to be serious, the injury could hold Gronk out of the game due to the short turnaround with the game being played on Thursday night. With some bad news comes some good news and that is Julian Edelman returning from his four-game suspension this week so that gives Brady another weapon to go to along with Chris Hogan and Josh Gordon, who just made his debut for the Pats last week. Both players didn’t contribute last week as Gordon only caught two passes for 32 yards and Chris Hogan was invisible the entire game. He reeled in his only target for 12 yards. Granted, Hogan’s role may become diminished, but that’s due to the number of weapons that Brady now has at his disposal. And if Sony Michel can continue to run well, then the Colts defense is going to have a very tough time keeping the Pats out of the end zone on Thursday. The Colts have lost two games in a row and have fallen to 1-3 on the year. Despite the loss, Andrew Luck had his best game of the season, throwing the ball 62 times and completing 40 passes (65% completion percentage) for 464 yards and four touchdowns. He also didn’t throw a single interception in the game. Indy has zero running game though, and that could be a major issue this week against the Patriots, who have allowed 4.5 yards per carry and 121.5 rushing yards per game on the season. Their pass defense on the other hand has been a lot better, averaging just 6.8 yards per pass which ranks fifth in the NFL. Add in the fact that Luck is 0-5 in his career against the Pats in both the regular season and playoffs, and New England becomes a pretty nice pick in Survivor Pools this week.

Next 3 Games:
Indianapolis: @ NY Jets, vs. Buffalo, @ Oakland
New England: vs. Kansas City, @ Chicago, @ Buffalo

Risky Play:

New Orleans (vs. Washington) – The Saints went into their Week 4 matchup against the Giants with the 30th ranked defense but ended the week as the 28th ranked defense. Should we credit their defense for moving up in the rankings? Or should we blame the Giants’ poor offense for helping the Saints D to improve their ranking? Personally, I think it’s more of the latter. New Orleans will have a tougher test on Monday night against Washington, which is coming off a bye. Washington played well in Week 3 in their 31-17 win over the Packers. They did exactly what they had to against the Packers which is protect the football, control the clock and move the chains. They need to do exactly the same thing this week against New Orleans in order for them to beat the Saints. I am just skeptical about them putting up 30 points which is what they’ll probably need to do against the Saints offense, which is averaging 34.3 points per game. The Saints also get another offensive weapon back this week because Mark Ingram returns from his four-game suspension. Ingram must be pretty excited to be playing because he met his teammates at the airport on Monday morning. It will be interesting to see how Sean Payton uses Ingram in his first game back. Either way, this offense is going to move the ball both in the air and on the ground. The only reason I have them in the “Risky Play” tier is because the Saints could have lost to the Browns and Falcons in Weeks 2 and 3 and don’t forget they lost to the Bucs in Week 1. It certainly is possible that they actually did turn the corner on defense, but I want to see it again this week. Until they do that, I can’t completely trust them.

Next 3 Games:
Washington: vs. Carolina, vs. Dallas, @ NY Giants
New Orleans: BYE, @ Baltimore, @ Minnesota

Denver (@ NY Jets) – The Denver Broncos blew a 10-point fourth quarter lead against Kansas City on Monday night in front of their home crowd and fell to 2-2 on the season. The Broncos actually had a golden opportunity to take the lead with 22 seconds left in the game, but QB Case Keenum threw a terrible pass, overthrowing a wide open Demaryius Thomas who would have walked into the end zone if only Keenum had connected with him. Denver hopes to rebound in Week 5 and will travel to NJ to take on the Jets. Although the Jets have done a decent job against the run, allowing just 3.8 yards per carry, I would still expect the Broncos to lean heavily on their running game behind Phillip Lindsay and Royce Freeman who just combined for 136 yards on 20 carries against the Kansas City defense. Now granted, the KC defense is nothing short of terrible so the Jets will have a lot more success containing both running backs. But let’s not sugarcoat this, Denver will win this game on the defensive side of the football. Jets QB Sam Darnold has struggled over the last three weeks and the Broncos may rattle him this week with their pass rush. As long as they can put a lot of pressure on Darnold, he will be forced to throw into coverage which should lead to at least one turnover. Denver certainly isn’t a lock in this game after losing two straight games while giving up 27 points and having beaten the Raiders by only one point and the Seahawks by only three. Take them at your own risk this week.

Next 3 Games:
Denver: vs. L.A. Rams, @ Arizona, @ Kansas City
NY Jets: vs. Indianapolis, vs. Minnesota, @ Chicago

Minnesota (@ Philadelphia) – When the NFL schedule was released, most people were looking forward to this NFC Championship game rematch thinking it could be a preview for a second consecutive year as these two teams would be battling it out for NFC supremacy. But right now, both teams have been a little bit disappointing early on with the Eagles coming off their second loss of the year to the Titans and the Vikings getting smoked against the Bills in Week 3 and then allowing 38 points against the Rams last Thursday night. The Vikings were also incredibly fortunate to have tied the Packers in Week 2 and could have easily been 1-3 heading into this game. The Vikings offense certainly can’t be blamed for their loss last week as Kirk Cousins threw for 422 yards and three touchdowns and Adam Thielen caught eight balls for 135 yards and one touchdown. RB Dalvin Cook has admitted that he’s not 100% yet and was part of the reason why he was limited to just 20 yards on 10 carries last week against the Rams. I don’t think he’ll be a factor again this week as the Vikings are going to rely on Cousins’ arm to beat the Eagles. As for Philadelphia, Carson Wentz should pepper his receivers against a Vikings defense that is allowing 9.2 yards per pass, ranking 30th in the NFL. At some point though, I think Minnesota’s defense will come away with some big stops and create a turnover in a crucial situation. I think Minnesota can pull out the win this week, but this could be another high scoring game between these two teams, which is why taking either team would be risky. I’d rather you hold off on Minnesota until next week when they take on Arizona or in Week 7 against the Jets. Philly will also be a good option next week against the Giants.

Next 3 Games:
Minnesota: vs. Arizona, @ NY Jets, vs. New Orleans
Philadelphia: @ NY Giants, vs. Carolina, vs. Jacksonville

Baltimore (@ Cleveland) – Baker Mayfield was all the rage in Week 3 when he came in for Tyrod Taylor and looked brilliant against the Jets, leading the Browns to their first win. Things were a little bit different this past week against the Oakland Raiders. He had his moments throwing for 295 yards and two touchdowns, but he also committed four turnovers (two interceptions, two fumbles) with one brought back for a touchdown. Next up for Mayfield is a tough Baltimore defense that allows a league-leading 5.3 passing yards per play and has allowed opposing quarterbacks to complete just 53.8% of their passes, also tops in the NFL. The Ravens have surprised a lot of people, having won three of their first four games and are coming off a win against the Steelers on the road in Pittsburgh. Ravens QB Joe Flacco is averaging 313 yards per game and has done a great job protecting the football with an 8:2 TD:INT ratio. I think he’ll have success moving the football against the Browns this week which will also be the difference in this game. Although I like Baltimore in this game, Cleveland has been competitive in every single game this year. Their two losses against the Saints as well as the Raiders last week were lost on game-winning field goals. They also blew leads in both of those games, but at some point, I believe they will hold onto those leads and turn those losses into wins.

Next 3 Games:
Baltimore: @ Tennessee, vs. New Orleans, @ Carolina
Cleveland: vs. L.A. Chargers, @ Tampa Bay, @ Pittsburgh


Green Bay (@ Detroit) – Detroit lost a heart breaker to Dallas last week on a Brett Maher 38-yard game-winning field goal. It was a shame because Detroit came back after trailing by 10 to take a one-point lead on a really nice 38-yard touchdown pass from Matthew Stafford to Golden Tate. Unfortunately, the Lions defense couldn’t stop Dallas on their game-winning drive. Detroit’s offense wasn’t the problem, because they scored on four of their seven possessions. In fact, they moved the ball pretty well and as noted in last week’s column, Detroit RB Kerryon Johnson has run well, making some really nice cuts. Detroit needs to start handing him the ball more often because he is averaging 5.7 yards per carry, whereas LeGarrette Blount is averaging just 2.7 yards per carry. It reminds me of the situation last year in Tennessee between Derrick Henry and DeMarco Murray, and we all know how that ended up. If Detroit wants to start winning some games and get back into the playoff race, they need to get Johnson more involved and that should start this week against a Packers team that is allowing 4.5 yards per carry and 107.8 rushing yards per game. This will be a tough game for Green Bay playing a divisional opponent on the road. The key for Green Bay is protecting Aaron Rodgers, which won’t be an easy task because the Packers’ offensive line has allowed 14 sacks on the season, which is sixth-worst in the NFL. This is a nice matchup for the Lions defense because they have 13 sacks on the season, tied for fourth in the league. Green Bay may also be short a receiver because Geronimo Allison is listed as week-to-week with a concussion. That is a pretty big blow to the Packers offense because they rely on him for some of those homerun plays. I would try to avoid both teams this week and would recommend you take Green Bay at home next week against the 49ers.

Next 3 Games:
Green Bay: vs. San Francisco, BYE, @ L.A. Rams
Detroit: BYE, @ Miami, vs. Seattle

Houston (vs. Dallas) – The Dallas Cowboys escaped with a win in Week 4 against the Detroit Lions on the leg of kicker Brett Maher who nailed a 38-yard game-winning field goal. But give credit to QB Dak Prescott who took a lot of heat in the first three weeks of the season, for driving the Cowboys down the field by completing three of his five passes for 50 yards, including a beautiful throw to a wide-open Ezekiel Elliott for 34 yards to set up the field goal. Prescott finished with a respectable 17 for 27 with 255 yards and two touchdowns, averaging 9.4 yards per pass. The most important stat is that Prescott did not turn the ball over. Zeke was also huge in this game, totaling 152 yards on the ground on 25 carries (6.1 ypc) and also collecting 88 receiving yards. If they want any chance to beat the Texans on Sunday night they’ll need similar performances from Prescott and Zeke. Houston can be passed on and have allowed 11 receiving touchdowns on the year, but I don’t think Prescott will have as much success this week against Houston as he did last week against the Lions. They’ll be relying on Zeke to carry this team and control the clock but the issue is that Houston ranks fourth in the NFL allowing just 3.5 yards per carry, and have only allowed one rushing TD on the season. Houston’s offense really came alive against the Colts last week and Deshaun Watson finished with 375 yards in their overtime win. But he was sacked seven times, which as I said last week would be an issue against the Colts. Will Fuller aggravated his hamstring injury and if he can’t go, that will be a huge loss for the Texans offense. The key for Houston will be their pass rush and whether they can create turnovers. If J.J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney can get a lot of pressure on Prescott, Houston will give themselves a chance to win. I think that this game will be close from start to finish and I would rather see you use Houston next week against the Buffalo Bills.

Next 3 Games:
Dallas: vs. Jacksonville, @ Washington, BYE
Houston: vs. Buffalo, @ Jacksonville, vs. Miami

Kansas City (vs. Jacksonville) – What can you say about Patrick Mahomes that hasn’t been said already? Leading his team back from a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter to defeat the Broncos on the road shows that he has ice water in his veins. On their final two drives, Mahomes had a third and 16 on his own 31 and he made a 15-yard pass to Tyreek Hill to make it fourth and one and then converted on the fourth down. Later that drive there was a first and 20 at the Denver 47 yard line and he completed a pass to TE Travis Kelce to make it second and 1. KC went on to score a touchdown to make it a three-point game. On the final drive while down three, Mahomes was facing a second and 30 at his own 31-yard line and completed a pass to Demarcus Robinson for 23 yards to set up third and seven. Mahomes ended up converting the down and ultimately RB Kareem Hunt ran it in for the score. The game as a whole was probably the worst he’s played all year, which is funny because Mahomes wasn’t bad, but It was a sensational performance to close out the game. And that’s not even mentioning his left-handed pass. Mahomes will face his toughest challenge to date this week against the Jacksonville Jaguars defense. The Jags will do whatever they can to slow Mahomes down, but KC should lean on Hunt to wear down the Jags defense. The offense needs to stay out on the field because KC’s defense is the worst in the league and they want them off the field. When they are on the field, I expect Blake Bortles to have his way against them.  RB Leonard Fournette has already been declared out and Doug Marrone believes that he could miss a couple of games. It will be interesting to see how Mahomes will do against one of the league’s best defenses. I wouldn’t bet against Mahomes right now, but I also wouldn’t bet against the Jags defense.

Next 3 Games:
Jacksonville: @ Dallas, vs. Houston, vs. Philadelphia
Kansas City: @ New England, vs. Cincinnati, vs. Denver

L.A. Chargers (vs. Oakland) – The L.A. Chargers will be “hosting” a Bay Area team for a second consecutive week and I’m sure that the crowd will be filled with opposing fans again. The Chargers did a nice job of digging themselves out of a 14 point hole against San Francisco on Sunday and ultimately winning the game 29-27. Keenan Allen had seven catches but has been held to under 100 yards for three straight games and hasn’t scored a TD since the opener against KC. I think that changes this week against a Raiders defense that is allowing a league-worst 14.4 receiving yards to opposing receivers. Additionally, they have allowed eight receiving touchdowns on the year. RB Melvin Gordon could be in line for another big game after rushing 15 times for 104 yards (6.4 ypc) against the 49ers. The Raiders have the second-worst ranked run defense, allowing 5.6 yards per carry, along with five rushing touchdowns and 139.3 rushing yards per game. When first looking at the matchups, the Chargers looked like a better play, but their defense concerns me. They haven’t played well and have allowed 30.0 points per game, which ranks 28th in the league, just behind the Saints, Falcons, Raiders and Bucs. That’s not very good company. The Raiders offense looked capable against the Browns last week putting up 45 points, and Derek Carr had a breakout game, throwing for 437 and four touchdowns in their OT win. Do I trust Carr or Amari Cooper who had 128 receiving yards last week? Absolutely not. I wouldn’t be shocked to see them regress this week and Cooper held to one or two catches. But because I can’t trust the Chargers defense until they are completely healthy, I am not comfortable listing the Chargers higher this week.

Next 3 Games:
Oakland: vs. Seattle, BYE, vs. Indianapolis
L.A. Chargers: @ Cleveland, vs. Tennessee, BYE

Pittsburgh (vs. Atlanta) – The Pittsburgh Steelers received some good news this week that their All-Pro RB Le’Veon Bell was ending his holdout. The bad news is that he is still planning to sit out the next two weeks against Atlanta and Cincinnati and will return against Cleveland following their Week 7 bye. I think the Steelers offense will be fine without Bell this week and will be able to move the chains and put points up against Atlanta, a team that has allowed an average of 30.5 points per game, ranking 30th in the league. Things are so bad now with three of their top defensive players hurt that the Falcons have allowed 80 points over the last two games. Like Pittsburgh, I’m not concerned about the Falcons offense because they have had over 400 total yards of offense and no turnovers the last two weeks but still lost. I’m expecting this to be a very high scoring game and I never want to take a team that could be involved in a shootout.

Next 3 Games:
Atlanta: vs. Tampa Bay, vs. NY Giants, BYE
Pittsburgh: @ Cincinnati, BYE, vs. Cleveland

Bold Prediction:

San Francisco (vs. Arizona) – San Francisco blew an early 14 point lead against the Chargers, but to their credit, they played hard the entire game and gave themselves a chance to win despite all the injuries they sustained during the game. The biggest losses were tackles Joe Staley and Mike McGlinchey. Center Weston Richburg was injured as well and all three starting linemen are questionable this week against Arizona. On top of that, WR Dante Pettis has already been ruled out for Week 5. Still, I think the 49ers offense, now led by QB C.J. Beathard, can overcome these injuries to defeat the Cardinals this week. Beathard looked sharp and even though he had two interceptions, they weren’t his fault. On a first and goal, Garrett Celek dropped a pass that ended up getting picked off by Trevor Williams and the second pick-off was on San Francisco’s final possession. I don’t blame Beathard for that one either, because the pocket collapsed so quickly that the ball miraculously ended up in Isaac Rochell’s arms. I think Matt Breida will get back on track against the Cardinals this weekend and should put up similar numbers to what Mike Davis put up against them in Week 3 (102 yards, two touchdowns). Beathard and TE George Kittle were in synch last week, especially on Kittle’s 82-yard touchdown. I expect Beathard to target Kittle often in this game. The biggest key to San Francisco is their need to tighten up the defense. They were a lot more disciplined last week than they were in Week 3 against KC, but they still had issues with tackling. This should be an easier matchup for them than the last couple weeks because Arizona’s offense is only averaging 9.3 points per game, worst in the NFL. In fact, they are the only team that averages less than 10 points per game, 3.2 points less than the next worst team, Buffalo Bills. If San Francisco can finally get any kind of pass rush and can make sure that David Johnson doesn’t rip off any huge plays, the 49ers can definitely find themselves 2-3 before they head to Green Bay for their Monday night matchup in Week 6.

Next 3 Games:
Arizona: @ Minnesota, vs. Denver, vs. San Francisco
San Francisco: @ Green Bay, vs. L.A. Rams, @ Arizona

Week 5 Survivor Pool Rankings:

1.    L.A. Rams
2.    Tennessee Titans
3.    Carolina Panthers
4.    Cincinnati Bengals
5.    New England Patriots
6.    Denver Broncos
7.    Minnesota Vikings
8.    New Orleans Saints
9.    Baltimore Ravens
10.    San Francisco 49ers
11.    Green Bay Packers
12.    Houston Texans
13.    Kansas City Chiefs
14.    L.A. Chargers
15.    Pittsburgh Steelers

Mark Miller
Mark Miller writes the Survivor Picks column for Rotoworld. He can be found on Twitter.