Most of the Week 1 NFL games will be played in empty stadiums due to the coronavirus pandemic, but for many fans and bettors, anticipation remains sky-high as America’s true national pastime returns. In addition to watching and wagering on the games, millions will participate in NFL survivor pools. The format calls for picking one team to win straight-up each week, but never using the same team twice. It’s not how much you win by in an NFL knockout pool. It’s simply about picking a winner and moving on, and often saving powerhouses for future weeks.

The loaded Week 1 NFL schedule features several attractive favorites. On paper, the Ravens (-8 at William Hill) should dismantle the Browns, the 49ers (-7) should handle the Cardinals, the Patriots (-6) should squash the Dolphins, the Eagles (-6) should humble Washington, the Bills (-6.5) should dispatch the Jets and the Colts (-7.5) should dominate the Jaguars. But which teams should you target with your NFL picks in knockout pools? Is there a lesser favorite that wins and sets you up for the rest of the season? Before you make any Week 1 NFL survivor picks, see what NFL guru Mike Tierney has to say.

SportsLine’s all-time No. 1 NFL expert, Tierney excels both straight-up and against the spread. Anyone who has followed his NFL picks is up more than $3,700.

Last year, Tierney went 161-94-1 on straight-up picks, beating the vast majority of experts on NFLPickWatch.com. A renowned sportswriter who’s reported from seven Super Bowls, Tierney is an authority on the survivor pool format.¬†

He has studied the entire regular-season schedule, plotting out which team he plans to take each week. You can only see his optimal survivor pool strategy over at SportsLine.

Top Week 1 NFL survivor pool predictions 

It all starts Sunday with Week 1. Tierney is not going with the host Bills, even though their opponents, the Jets, are mired in turmoil and missing several key defenders.

“Buffalo is drawing plenty of support in survivor pools,” Tierney told SportsLine. “I will land on the Bills later, with plenty of appealing weeks on their soft schedule.”

How to make Week 1 NFL survivor pool picks 

There’s a much better option, Tierney says. He has a confident pick on a team he knows will storm out of the gates and put up a convincing Week 1 win. Picking this team will get you to Week 2 and puts you in the optimal position to go deep in your NFL survivor pool. The time to pick this team is now, and you can see the play over at SportsLine.

Which team is a must-back in your Week 1 survivor pool? Visit SportsLine now to see which team carries you to victory in Week 1, all from the No. 1 expert who crushes the NFL year-in and year-out, and find out.

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