NFL Week 3 Survivor Pool Picks: Bengals Finally Get a Win and Surprising NFC South Team Among Top Predictions

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow.
Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow. / Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Another week, another casualty in the BetSided Survivor Pool, as our guy Joe Summers went down with the Cincinnati Bengals shocking loss to Cooper Rush and the Dallas Cowboys in Week 2.

That leaves just Iain MacMillan, Ben Heisler and Reed Wallach standing heading into Week 3.

Week 3 could be a little dicey with no team favored by more than a touchdown, and Iain is getting risky with a certain NFC South team he expects to win... on the road! Let's recap the team's picks from Week 2 and jump into who you should trust for the Week 3 action:

NFL Week 2 Survivor Pool Pick Results

  • Joe Summers: Cincinnati Bengals (L)
  • Iain MacMillan: Los Angeles Rams (W)
  • Ben Heisler: Denver Broncos (W)
  • Reed Wallach: Green Bay Packers (W)

NFL Week 3 Survivor Pool Picks

Atlanta Falcons 

In survivor pools, you have to pick bad teams to win sometimes, and no time is better to get one of those bad teams out of the way than Week 3. 

With no point spreads set at over seven points, let's call our shot and take the Atlanta Falcons to beat the Seattle Seahawks outright in Seattle

It's a battle of two of the worst teams in the NFL, but at least the Falcons offense has shown signs of life. 

Atlanta ranks 18th in yards per play at 5.3, while the Seahawks rank 24th at 4.9. Despite Geno Smith's opening week heroics, I have no faith in him to deliver for Seattle in the weeks to come. Let's take a risk, and if it pays off, we'll be looking pretty heading into Week 4. – Iain MacMillan

Cincinnati Bengals

The New York Jets return home to the Meadowlands after pulling off an unthinkable road upset against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday. Their win probability down 13 points with 1:55 left to go was set at 0.1%, and they somehow pulled it off.

I don’t think they’ll be as lucky this week.

The Cincinnati Bengals have plenty of issues, particularly on the offensive line where they’re on pace to get Joe Burrow sacked 111 times this year.

The Jets’ defense isn’t great, but their strength lies in their secondary play, rather than up front. They’ve only accumulated three sacks this year, which should give Burrow more time to throw, and remain upright. Between dealing with two very good pass rushes in the Pittsburgh Steelers and Dallas Cowboys, this should be a cake walk.

Cincinnati’s playoff hopes are already in serious jeopardy if you look at recent trends for 0-2 teams the last several years, but if they start 0-3 with a loss to the Jets in Week 3, you might as well just take it out to the back and put it out of its misery.

I’ll take the desperate team in a matchup they have to win to save their season. - Ben Heisler

It looks bleak for the reigning AFC Champions, but this is the perfect bounce back spot. The Jets are coming off a miraculous win in Cleveland last weekend and are still trotting out Joe Flacco as Zach Wilson recovers from his knee injury. Cincinnati lost two games on walk off field goals, so while the Bengals are 0-2, they are still competing and on the wrong side of some bounces.

I think an angry Cincy team comes in and takes out their frustrations on the lowly Jets, who also stunned the Bengals last season with Mike White as the starting quarterback. – Reed Wallach