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Week 6 is when we start to separate the pretenders from the contenders, and in survivor pools, it's when the picks become even more difficult to make. 


There have been tons of presumed upsets early in this season, but after a week where a few teams emerged as true contenders (and the best teams in football emerged as just that), we have a better feel for who should win and lose in Week 6.


Here are your survivor pool picks for Week 6. Hopefully, you didn't burn all of these picks before.

Minnesota Vikings vs. Arizona Cardinals
The Vikings reestablished themselves as playoff contenders with a crucial win over the Eagles in Week 5. Their defense had a bounce-back performance and their offense continued to hum. While the Cardinals just beat the 49ers at home, they're starting a rookie QB against a defense that feeds off of turnovers. The Vikings have a chance to solidify their spot in the NFC playoff conversation and I don't think they'll miss that chance against the Cardinals.


​Chicago Bears at Miami Dolphins
The Bears defense has terrorized the opposition all season and must be licking their chops heading into this matchup. The Dolphins passing offense has been anemic the last few weeks and their two-headed running game remains in flux. The Bears are coming off a bye week after annihilating the Bucs in Week 4 -- a game where Mitchell Trubisky threw for 6 TDs. Sometimes bye weeks produce rust, but in the Bears case, it should provide even more time to game plan against an offense that's out of synch and uninspired.


Green Bay Packers vs. San Francisco 49ers
The Packers are off to a disappointing 2-2-1 start after an embarrassing upset loss to the Lions. Their season already feels on the line heading into a showdown with the hapless (due to injuries) 49ers. It's a homecoming for Aaron Rodgers, who is coming off his best game of the year, and perhaps the Packers best chance to get back in the playoff hunt. With that much on the line, the Packers should be able to come out of Monday night with a big win. 


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