2023 NFL Week 9 Survivor Picks

by Mike Lott
2023 NFL Week 9 Survivor Picks

The 2023 NFL Week 9 Survivor Picks article highlights the best bets to win, straight up!

The majority of Survivor picks last week were the Chargers over the Bears and the Ravens @ Cardinals. On Yahoo, they combined for over 57% of the picks while ESPN Survivors used them 43% of the time.

There are four teams on Week 9 bye weeks- Denver Broncos, Detroit Lions, Jacksonville Jaguars and San Francisco 49ers.

2023 NFL Week 9 Survivor Picks

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Cleveland Browns vs Arizona Cardinals

Is this the week the Arizona Cardinals bring back QB Kyler Murray? It very well could be. However, do not let that scare you off of the Browns this week. Despite back-to-back weeks where they looked vulnerable, the Cleveland Browns defense still lead the NFL in yards allowed, giving up just 260 per game. Quite impressive, and not exactly an ideal matchup for Murray to make his return from a torn ACL. If nothing else, he'll get to test out his repaired knee when Myles Garrett is chasing him around the backfield.

Even with P.J. Walker starting in place of the injured Deshaun Watson, this Browns offense is still dangerous. Amari Cooper is playing at a high level, and David Njoku is one of the better tight ends in the league. Also, this run game has still been incredibly effective without Nick Chubb. Jerome Ford and Kareem Hunt have been one of the best 1-2 combos in the league over the past several weeks.

Cleveland ranks second, only behind the Miami Dolphins for the most rushing yards per game with 148.6. Do you know who ranks 31st in the NFL at stopping the run? That would be the Arizona Cardinals, as they allow 130.6 yards on the ground per game. Expect a heavy ground attack by Cleveland on Sunday as they run away with this one in a lopsided win.

New Orleans Saints vs Chicago Bears

The Chicago Bears face a tough test Sunday as they head into the Superdome to take on the New Orleans Saints. Tyson Bagent will have to face a stout Saints pass defense, which is just one of nine teams to give up less than 200 yards per game through the air.

This is a week after Bagent and the Bears made the Los Angeles Chargers look like 2000 Ravens. Bagent was picked off twice in that game, while the run game was held to just 73 yards on 25 attempts and the Bears as a team managed just 295 total yards of offense. This is against a Chargers defense that allows the second most yards of offense per game, including 297 passing yards, by far the most in the NFL. I'm sure Cam Jordan and the Saints defense will show Bagent a good time in his first trip to NOLA.

New Orleans is finally starting to find their stride on offense and we saw it click on all cylinders against the Colts last week.

Derek Carr has now put together three consecutive 300-yard passing games, and he has several solid options to throw the ball to. First of course is Alvin Kamara who is a PPR machine, and then Carr has three weapons at receiver, stud wideout Chris Olave, veteran Michael Thomas and the speedster Rashid Shaheed. Oh yeah, Taysom Hill is a thing again too. He just rushed for 63 yards and two scores against the Colts.

The Saints are sneaky good. They're a top-ten defense in the NFL and have the ability to be a very dangerous, dynamic offense. We'll get to see that offense get to work against a Bears defense allowing 27 points per game.

Indianapolis Colts @ Carolina Panthers

We have a battle of two of the worst defenses in football, as both teams allow a league-worst 28 points per game. You're probably figuring the over/under for this game will be the highest of the week. Well, that's incorrect. It's actually not even one of the three highest O/U of the week. How is that possible you ask? It's a simple answer. The Panthers offense is absolutely horrible.

In four of the Panthers seven games, they have scored 17 or fewer points, and are averaging under 200 passing yards and under 100 rushing yards per game. Bryce Young has not been all that impressive, despite getting his first win against C.J. Stroud and the Houston Texans. Miles Sanders has been a waste of money, as he's been useless all season, and outside of Adam Thielen, there is no threat in this passing attack.

The Colts, on the other hand, have scored 20+ in every game this year, the only team in the NFL to do so. As much as it sucks that Indy lost Anthony Richardson, Gardner Minshew is incredibly entertaining and he makes things happen on the field. Indy also has a very good receiving duo in Michael Pittman Jr. and Josh Downs, as they've combined for 90 receptions, 1,002 yards and five scores in eight games.

It's going to be very fun to watch Jonathan Taylor and Zack Moss shred this Carolina defense, which allows just under 140 yards per game on the ground.

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