Best NFL football knockout, survivor pool picks for Week 2

With Week 2 of the NFL season here, nearly every team is available to pick in a Survivor Pool. But lasting long isn't about just picking the biggest favorite each week. Mike Tierney isn't looking at the team with the biggest spread; he's thinking ahead to future weeks as well. Before you making your Week 2 NFL picks for your Survivor Pool, you'll first want to hear what he's thinking. A national sportswriter whose work has appeared in the New York Times and Los Angeles Times, he has reported from seven Super Bowls. He has his finger on the pulse of the league.

Tierney excels both against the spread and straight-up. The last two seasons, he's hit on nearly 65 percent of his straight-up NFL office pool picks (330-180-2), beating the vast majority of experts on NFLPickWatch.com. In a wild Week 1 this year, he went 10-6.

Now, Tierney has studied the matchups and locked in his Week 2 NFL survivor pool pick, in which you need to pick one team each week to win but cannot pick the same team twice in a season. He's sharing his selection over at SportsLine.

Tierney knows last week there were six teams favored by 6.5 points or fewer. For Week 2, there are 12. But he has zeroed in on the team that not only has a strong chance to win, but also sets up pool picks for the coming weeks.

We can tell you Tierney isn't going with the Chargers (-7), a sizable road favorite against the Bills. Buffalo was trounced by the Ravens last week, but Tierney knows LA must travel cross-country for an early kickoff. Instead, Tierney instead has his eyes on a home favorite in a strong position to get out of Week 2 victorious.

The time to pick this team is right now, and he's sharing who it is over at SportsLine.

So what is Mike Tierney's survivor pool play of the week? Visit SportsLine now to see which team will survive and advance, all from the man who went 166-88-2 in straight-up office pool picks last season, and find out.

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