The 2021 NFL season has been a roller coaster. Just when it looks like a team has risen to the top of the league, or at least their conference, it seems said team then inexplicably loses to a far inferior team. That being said, each week has provided games that have gone according to plan. Those are the games on which to focus to make a survivor pick. Here are some NFL Week 11 survivor league top picks.
Top Picks for NFL Week 11 Survivor League
Tennessee Titans Versus Houston Texans
The Houston Texans are 1-8 this season, with their lone win coming in Week 1 over the lowly Jacksonville Jaguars. Since that win over one of the worst teams in the league, the Texans have lost eight straight games. The Tennessee Titans on the other hand are 8-2 with some quality wins and have won six straight.
The Texans offense is averaging 14.2 points per game which is good enough for dead last in the NFL. The Titans defense is allowing 23.2 points per game (15th) this season and over their last four games that has actually improved to 17.75 points per game. That stretch includes holding the Kansas City Chiefs to a measly three points. While the Chiefs offense has not been the same this season as it has since Patrick Mahomes took over at quarterback, holding them to three points is still impressive.
The Texans offense simply will not be able to keep up with the Titans, despite the Titans having lost Derrick Henry for the rest of the season. The Titans are better in every phase of the game. This season has provided some upsets but the Titans losing to the Texans would be absolutely shocking.
New England Patriots at Atlanta Falcons
The Atlanta Falcons have lost two of their last three games and are coming off of a 43-3 drubbing by the Dallas Cowboys. By contrast, the New England Patriots have won four straight contests and just crushed the Cleveland Browns, 45-7, in Week 10.
The Patriots are the better, more complete team and even though this game is in Atlanta, it is the Thursday game, so both teams will be playing on a short week. Plus, the Falcons have yet to win a game in Mercedes-Benz Stadium this year while the Patriots are 4-0 on the road. A full week probably would not have been enough time for the Falcons to get ready but playing on Thursday will make it even more difficult for them to prepare for the Patriots.
With Calvin Ridley still out and Cordarelle Patterson (ankle) doubtful for Thursday’s game, Matt Ryan will not have a lot of weapons to throw to outside of Kyle Pitts. That will leave the Falcons offense in a tough spot against a really good Patriots defense (allowing only 17.7 points per game and is ranked second in the league). And only the New York Jets defense is allowing more points per game this season than the Falcons (surrendering 29.2 points per game).
The Titans and Patriots are the best plays this week. But if they are no longer available, taking the San Francisco 49ers on the road over the Jaguars, or the Bills at home over the Indianapolis Colts are viable options too.