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Survivor, straight up picks for Week 2 NFL action

We’ve got all the strategy you need to make it through the second week of a Survivor pool.

The NFL returns on Thursday evening with an NFC North matchup to kickoff Week 2. The Cincinnati Bengals host the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday Night Football, in a matchup of two quarterbacks (Andy Dalton, Joe Flacco) that are, well, questionable at best.

It’s time once again for our pick ‘em and Survivor pool contest options. We have the weekly prediction contest this season, and you can make those picks here. We also have a traditional “Pick ‘Em” contest. If you still want to join, the group name is Niners Nation, the group ID is 45734, and the password is go49ers. We also have a Survivor Pool, but I don’t think you can join that after Week 1. You can double-check at that link.The group name and password are the same as for the pick ‘em contest. The group ID is 32471.

Last week I took the Baltimore Ravens in my money Survivor pool. A lot of people took the New Orleans Saints and were knocked off by that one. This week, I have a feeling some folks are going to take our 49ers at home against the Lions. The 49ers can win this game, but with various injuries and question marks, I’m not sure I’m comfortable taking them in Survivor. I’m leaning towards either Washington at home against Indianapolis or Denver at home against Oakland.

Tonight, Week 2 opens with the Bengals and Ravens squaring off for early AFC North supremacy. The line is hovering around pick ‘em, with some sportsbooks going Ravens -1, and some going Bengals -1. Both teams won last week, but I think the Ravens are a little over-inflated by their beatdown of a bad Bills team. This is going to be a close game, but I think the Bengals are going to get the victory and cover.

Here are the rest of my straight-up picks. I was 10-5-1 last week. I’ll have my picks against the spread later this weekend.

Bengals @ Ravens: Bengals
Panthers @ Falcons: Falcons
Chargers @ Bills: Chargers
Vikings @ Packers: Packers
Texans @ Titans: Titans
Browns @ Saints: Saints
Dolphins @ Jets: Jets
Chiefs @ Steelers: Steelers
Eagles @ Buccaneers: Eagles
Colts @ Washington: Washington
Cardinals @ Rams: Rams
Lions @ 49ers: 49ers
Raiders @ Broncos: Broncos
Patriots @ Jaguars: Jaguars
Giants @ Cowboys: Giants
Seahawks @ Bears: Bears