NFL Week 6 Survivor Pool Results: Multiple Favorites Bite the Dust in ‘Week of the Upsets’

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Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is featured in our NFL Week 6 Survivor Pool results. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Week 6 of the NFL season ravaged NFL survivor pools, particularly the Circa Sports’ NFL Survivor contest.

Heading into Monday night’s action, 502 of 6,133 (8.18%) of Circa Sports’ survivor contestants remain. If you’re keeping score at home, Week 6’s Sunday action ousted 336 players or 40% of the Week 6 field.

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Week 6 Upsets Eliminate Massive Chunk of NFL Survivor Pools

“That’s why they play the games.”

Somewhere, someone is uttering that cliche, which rings true for 336 players in Circa Sports’ NFL survivor game. It seems no favorite was safe as both home and road dogs slayed presumptive giants.

Take your pick as to which result was the most shocking.

A severely undermanned Steelers defense suffocated Tom Brady and the Buccaneers. The Jets grounded the Packers to the tune of 10 points at Lambeau. Victories by the Falcons (vs. 49ers) and Giants (vs. Ravens) further highlight the carnage we saw take place on Sunday.

Baltimore, Tampa Bay, and San Francisco will lick their wounds after a rough week, but they’re still atop their respective divisions. Green Bay, meanwhile, resides two games behind Minnesota in the NFC North, and the going remains rough.

The Packers play at Washington in Week 7, a matchup that was pegged as an easy win by preseason prognosticators, but we’ve seen how much teams can struggle away from home. They then play at Buffalo, at Detroit, vs. Dallas, vs. Tennessee, at Philadelphia, and at Chicago before their bye. Bettors can expect the Packers to get points in two — maybe three — of these contests, but anything less than a 4-3 stretch could have them in deep trouble down the stretch.

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New York State Of Mind: Jets, Giants Rolling as Underdogs

The New York Mets are eliminated from the MLB postseason and the Yankees are facing a decisive Game 5. But perhaps it’s time to turn the city “gang” green and “big” blue.

The Jets (4-2 Straight Up/Against The Spread) and Giants (5-1, SU/ATS) currently stand in playoff position following upset wins over Week 6 opponents.

It was the Jets who sent the Packers reeling further with a dominant performance that only required quarterback Zach Wilson to attempt 18 passes. The performance was a classic example of “complementary football.” Wilson didn’t turn the ball over, the Jets scored a special teams touchdown, and the defense bullied quarterback Aaron Rodgers. NFL pundits won’t speak highly of the Jets’ “ground and pound” approach as it pertains to their postseason chances, but there’s something to be said about allowing opponents to lose the game for you.

That’s a strategy the Giants seem to be employing as well. The narrative around the G-Men starts with significantly improved head coaching. Brian Daboll is clearly able to relate to his players in a way previous coaching staffs and regimes could not. Their Week 6 victory over the Ravens was spearheaded by another fourth-quarter comeback, their third of the season.

It’s not a sexy brand of football, but there’s no denying that a lot of games are won simply by not losing them. The Giants are executing this philosophy to a T right now.

The Giants have a favorable — but pivotal — stretch of schedule, and bettors will have the opportunity to see how they respond when they’re expected to win. Weeks 12-18 feature a number of tough matchups, so they’ll want to have some cushion heading into that gauntlet.

The Jets, meanwhile, sandwich their Week 9 Bills matchup with three beatable opponents (at Broncos, at/vs. Patriots, vs. Bears). Nobody is ready to talk Jets and playoffs yet, but a few more wins will change the tenor around the league and plant them firmly in the discussion.

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Craig Williams

Craig Williams is a Charlotte-based writer for Gaming Today, who has worked professionally in the gaming, fantasy sports, and sports business industries. He’s an avid fantasy football player, managing over 100 leagues across multiple formats. When he’s not pouring over Vegas odds and statistics, he’s indulging in soccer and enjoys anything from LigaMX to Champions League.

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