Editor's Note: This article was written on Friday, but due to [insert lame reason] we didn't get a chance to publish it until after game day. We know this won't help anyone this week, but for consistency sake we decided to publish it late rather than never.
Each week, the great minds behind numberFire will give you some answers to the big questions of the weekend. As the wheat continues to separate itself from the chaff in our office, we will continue bringing you our personal calls.
Game of the Week Pick: Houston at Chicago. Does Defense or Offense dominate?
Keith Goldner, Chief Analyst: Sweet home, Chicago!
Nik Bonaddio, CEO: Houston. Houston's got a much, much better offense and their defense is just as good. Jay Cutler? Come on.
Michael Worthington, CTO: Cutler will have an upset stomach from too much sack lunch to feel comfortable in the pocket. Edge goes to Houston.
Sean Weinstock, COO: Tough call! Gotta go with Houston.
GotW Records: Sean: 5-3, Keith: 5-4, Zach: 4-4, Nik: 4-5, Michael: 2-5. Looks like everyone picked Washington last week, and everyone was wrong.
Which game this week is your upset special?
Keith: Saints to topple the unbeaten Falcons. Drew Brees is unstoppable (unfortunately, New Orleans defense doesn't know what stoppable means).
Nik: Not sure how much of an upset it is, but I lke New Orleans over Atlanta.
Michael: Carolina has progressively been getting better. They'll have their hands full with Peyton at the helm, but they might be able to rattle 'em like they did with Chicago, except this time walk away with a win.
Sean: San Diego over Tampa Bay. Rivers needs to start doing something. I can't believe they're actually this bad.
Upset Special Records: Keith: 5-4, Sean: 4-4, Michael: 3-4, Zach: 3-5, Nik: 3-6
Who is more likely to win this week: Phily (vs. Dallas) or New Orleans (vs. Atlanta) - both 2.5 point dogs at home?
Keith: Saints more likely to win, but for the sake of this column, let's go EAGLES.
Nik: New Orleans. Drew Brees is so hard to beat at home and even though Sproles is out, Pierre Thomas is ready to bust out again.
Michael: No matter how bad the Saints' defense is, Atlanta will still need to shut down Brees. Second best in the league on passing with 22 TDs, apparently he's not listening to the haters saying his team sucks.
Sean: Same as my above answer. I'm going to go with Phily here. I can't believe they're this awful.
Who are you picking for a survivor pool this week?
Keith: Tampa Bay Bucs to kill the inept Chargers.
Nik: Assuming New England is off the table - no way they lose - I really like Tampa Bay against San Diego. 1p game for a traveling West Coast team, not to mention that TB is extremely underrated.
Michael: People are picking Pittsburgh this week like it's going out of style. And they're wrong, Pittsburgh was never in style. ::zing:: ... No, but seriously, I'm taking Pitt.
Sean: MIAMI! Love those seafoam unis.
Survivor Records: Zach: 6-2, Michael: 5-2, Nik: 6-3, Sean: 5-3, Keith: 5-4.
Who will be the best currently under-the-radar fantasy player this week?
Keith: Josh Freeman to go nuts on San Diego (huge game from Vincent Jackson).
Nik: Marcel Reece. Won't blow up, but he'll be decent.
Michael: Going back to my alma mater, Rutgers, on this one and looking at Mohamed Sanu. His targets are finally picking up, which may hopefully lead to a TD this week. He's thrown an NFL TD this season already, now it's time for him to catch one.
Sean: Phil Riv. I'm trying to make it happen.