Week 4 of the NFL season featured even more upsets by underdogs. This year's unpredictability has left many survivor pools thin, so congrats if you're still in the running.
This season won't get any easier to gauge. The Duel is here to help, though, with the three best NFL survivor pool picks for Week 5.
NFL Survivor Picks Week 5
3. Minnesota Vikings (vs CHI)
The Chicago Bears' 2-2 record doesn't really tell the whole story. Chicago was aided by home-field advantage and weather in both of their wins, but now they'll travel to face a Minnesota Vikings offense flush with weapons. Chicago is averaging the second-fewest points per game (16.0) this season, and top offensive weapon David Montgomery could miss his second straight contest due to an ankle injury. The Bears' passing game is almost nonexistent and ranks last in yards per game at 97.5, so the likes of Kirk Cousins, Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen should be able to overpower them with ease.
2. Green Bay Packers (vs NYG)
If you didn't pick Green Bay last week, now is a great time. The New York Giants are a one-trick pony offense, leaning on Saquon Barkley and Daniel Jones' rushing abilities to generate any meaningful yards due to a shorthanded wide receiver corps. Jones is nursing an ankle injury and could be limited against the Packers, while backup Tyrod Taylor is in concussion protocol. Though Green Bay is still figuring some things out on offense, this team has superior talent on both sides of the ball and should be able to handle New York across the pond.
1. Buffalo Bills (vs PIT)
The Buffalo Bills' defense should be chomping at the bit to face Kenny Pickett this week. The rookie is set to make his first NFL start for the Pittsburgh Steelers, and he looked every bit of a first-year player when he threw three interceptions in one half against the New York Jets last Sunday. He may go on to have a nice career, but it's difficult to see him solving a Bills defense that ranks No. 2 in Football Outsiders' defensive DVOA metric. Even if Pickett has some unexpected success, Josh Allen and this Buffalo offense should prove to be too much to overcome.
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