It will be a strange start to the 2020 NFL schedule, with players having to rely mostly on private workouts during the pandemic and no preseason games to tune up. Spectators will be limited or non-existent at many stadiums, but fans everywhere are busy entering their Week 1 NFL survivor pool picks. The format allows each player to pick one team, and if that team wins, they advance to the next week. But which NFL knockout pool picks should you make?

Week 1 of the 2020 NFL season features many traditional survivor pool favorites facing seemingly inferior foes. The Super Bowl champion Chiefs opened as a 9.5-point favorite at William Hill for their matchup with the Texans on Thursday night. On Sunday, the NFC champion 49ers are favored by seven against the Cardinals. Which NFL picks can you enter confidently in survivor pools? 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.

The Jets traded disgruntled All-Pro safety Jamal Adams to Seattle and linebacker C.J. Mosley opted out of the season. Still, the Jets are usually a tricky opponent for Buffalo, so it’s best to go in another direction in Week 1. “I will land on Buffalo later, with plenty of appealing weeks on a soft schedule,” Tierney told SportsLine.

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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