It didn’t take long to thin out NFL survivor pools. When Indianapolis, San Francisco and Philadelphia lost as prohibitive favorites last Sunday, countless survivor players were eliminated. Those who advanced by selecting Kansas City, Baltimore or New England with their NFL survivor pool picks now turn their attention to Week 2, with another slew of big favorites on the board. 

Tom Brady’s Buccaneers (-9) could take out their frustration on Carolina, the Titans (-9) welcome the Jaguars, the 49ers (-7) visit the Jets, the dominant Ravens (-7) travel to Houston, and the Packers (-6) host the snake-bitten Lions. But who should you target with your NFL knockout pool picks? Is there a lesser favorite that wins and sets you up for the rest of the season? Before you make any Week 2 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 $4,300. 

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

Last week, when players blew their entire season by picking the Colts, Eagles or 49ers, Tierney rolled with the Ravens over the Browns. The result? Baltimore 38, Cleveland 6. 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 2 NFL survivor pool predictions

For Week 2, Tierney is not going with the defending NFC-champion 49ers, even though they’re smarting from an 0-1 start and laying a touchdown to the the lowly Jets. 

Tierney advises saving the 49ers, who are traveling cross-country and boast soft upcoming matchups with the Giants and Dolphins, for a later week.

How to make Week 2 NFL survivor pool picks

There’s a much better option, Tierney says. He has a confident pick on a team whose opponent is at a major disadvantage. Picking this team not only will get you to Week 3, Tierney says, but it will also put you in the optimal position to go deep in your NFL survivor pool. The time to pick this team is now, and you can only see the play over at SportsLine.

Which team is a must-back in your Week 2 survivor pool? Visit SportsLine now to see which team carries you to victory in Week 2, all from the No. 1 expert who crushes the NFL year-in and year-out, and find out.

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