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NFL Week 16 Survivor Pool Pick: This Team Had Wakeup Call

Adam Thompson for Bookies.com

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NFL Week 16 Survivor Pool Pick: This Team Had Wakeup Call

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NFL Survivor Pools have exploded in popularity, and at levels for all kinds of fans, from family pools to those with thousands of dollars in cash prizes on the line.

The simple nature of it is a major draw for NFL betting fans: Survivor Pools entail picking one team to win each week, but never picking the same team twice.

It's not how much your team wins by in a Survivor Pool. Simply, it's about picking a winner and moving on — and sometimes saving the biggest favorite for a future week.

Here is the pick for Week 16:

Tampa Bay Buccaneers over Detroit Lions

The Buccaneers trailed 17-0 at the Falcons on Sunday, but woke up for the second half, outscoring Atlanta 31-10 after the break for the win.

Consider that a wakeup call as they the Bucs hit the road again to face the Lions. They should be focused on starting a lot better.

Matthew Stafford is a great player, but he can’t play defense. Detroit is equally poor against the pass and the run and is allowing a ridiculous 37 points per game the last four weeks. With rugged RB Ronald Jones expected back for Tampa, the Buccaneers should get plenty of scoring opportunities.

Stafford was clearly ailing in Detroit’s 46-25 loss to the Titans on Sunday. Couple that with rookie RB D’Andre Swift facing the NFL’s top-ranked run D, the Lions are going to struggle to keep up. Especially as the Bucs are motivated to clinch a postseason berth with the pesky Falcons awaiting a rematch in Week 17.

Other Week 16 contenders:

Baltimore Ravens: The Ravens made short work of the Jaguars last week and appear to be regaining their form for the postseason. Week 17 they face the downtrodden Bengals, which makes them worth saving; they could be playing for their postseason lives.

Buffalo Bills:The Bills are looking great and the Patriots are not, but perhaps with the pressure off of both sides, Buffalo suffers a letdown and Pats show some mettle.

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Adam Thompson for Bookies.com
Adam Thompson
NFL writer and expert Adam Thompson joined Bookies.com in 2019 after a successful run as senior handicapper for SportsLine and CBSSports.com. He's long been established as one of the nation's premier handicappers, specializing in the NFL where he's hit on more than 60% over the past three years. Adam's NBA, PGA and horse racing picks have also produced major winners over the last 12 months. His customized NFL and NBA odds for players and teams have been picked up by hundreds of websites over the past year.