NFL Week 6 Survivor Pool Picks: Time to Take the Rams, Packers Bounce Back Among Top Predictions

Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp.
Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp. / Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

If you’ve made through the first five weeks in your Survivor Pool, kudos to you with all of the upsets we’ve seen in the NFL early on in this season. 

BetSided’s Reed Wallach is still alive (even though he’s already won our pool), delivering five straight winning picks heading into Week 6.

We’re going to keep sharing his picks with you all to help you win your Survivor Pools, and the rest of the BetSided team has also bought back in to give you options to make your pick each week. 

Do the Green Bay Packers bounce back after a bad loss in Week 5? Are the Carolina Panthers still an auto-fade with Matt Rhule out of town? 

Let’s recap last week’s action and then get into our predictions for Week 6:


NFL Week 5 Survivor Pool Pick Results

  • Reed Wallach: San Francisco 49ers (W)
  • Iain MacMillan: San Francisco 49ers (W)
  • Donnavan Smoot: San Francisco 49ers (W)
  • Joe Summers: San Francisco 49ers (W)
  • Ben Heisler: Miami Dolphins (L)
  • Peter Dewey: Tampa Bay Buccaneers (W)

NFL Week 6 Survivor Pool Picks

Los Angeles Rams

Maybe some people will be scared of the Panthers after Matt Rhule was fired earlier this week, but this is the safest play on the board. 

There are plenty of concerns to go around on the LA side from a macro perspective, but in Week 6, the Panthers offense is going to struggle to move the ball with P.J. Walker at quarterback. I'll take L.A. to handle business at home. – Reed Wallach

Now, for the rest of the picks from the BetSided team… 

Los Angeles Rams

The defending champions have looked like anything but that to start the 2022 season, but they have the ultimate “get right” spot in Week 6. 

The Panthers absolutely stink, and now they have to turn to P.J. Walker in a week where they fired their head coach. Not only that, but Ben McAdoo is still running the offense! That alone may be enough for me to bet the Rams, but the fact that Panthers have scored 16 or fewer points in three straight losses also helps. 

Give me L.A. in Week 6. – Peter Dewey 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers may still have some questions on offense that need to be answered, but their defense remains a top five unit in the NFL and they're going to cause fits for Kenny Pickett and the Pittsburgh Steelers offense. 

The Steelers rank 28th in yards per play, and now they have to try to move the ball against a defense that ranks fourth in opponent yards per play. Not only that, but the Steelers defense isn't what it once was. Their secondary, especially, is depleted. They rank 27th in opponent yards per pass attempt. 

That's not good news when you're facing Tom Brady and the Buccaneers receiving core. Now is as good of a time as any to use the Buccaneers in survivor. – Iain MacMillan

Green Bay Packers

I'm well aware of what happened last week when I took the Miami Dolphins to survive against the New York Jets on the road, but if you plan to take Green Bay in survivor pools, this has to be the best time to grab it.

The Packers come off two lackluster performances in a 27-24 home win versus Bailey Zappe and the New England Patriots, followed by an upset in London against the New York Giants. If there's a time for them to wake up and respond to some adversity, it's now.

Green Bay has flaws, but with Aaron Jones and A.J. Dillon, the Packers should move the ball easily against a Jets run defense that allowed 113 yards on 18 carries to Raheem Mostert and the Dolphins last week.

I give the Jets credit for balling out after the Dolphins lost "Teddy Covers" in the early going, but Green Bay on the road is a different beast to tame. -- Ben Heisler

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