Best NFL football knockout, survivor pool picks for Week 9

In a wildly unpredictable NFL season where upsets are happening so frequently, merely surviving in your survivor pool is quite a feat.

If you've made it in your NFL survivor pool this late into the season, you need to hear what SportsLine expert Mike "Top Dog" Tierney has to say about Week 9.

No one knows the NFL like Tierney. A national sportswriter whose work appears in the New York Times and Los Angeles Times, he has reported from seven Super Bowls.

Tierney excels both against the spread and straight up. Last season, he went 166-88-2 in straight-up NFL office pool picks, beating the vast majority of experts on

Last week, Tierney backed the Cincinnati Bengals at home against the struggling Indianapolis Colts. It might have caused a slight panic attack, but Tierney knew a Cincinnati team that has found its form in recent weeks would find a way to win.

The result: The Bengals squeaked out a 24-23 victory over the Colts. Tierney's faith in the Bengals -- and his lack of belief in Indianapolis -- paid off in a huge way.

With Week 9 fast approaching, Tierney has studied every matchup and has again locked in his NFL survivor pool pick. And he's sharing it over at SportsLine.

He strongly considered the Saints, who many expect to overwhelm the visiting Buccaneers. New Orleans should take care of business and it is winning 71 percent of simulations at SportsLine. Through seven games, Tampa Bay's defense only has seven sacks, the fewest in the league.

He also took a long look at the Eagles, a team set to face the struggling Broncos. SportsLine simulated that game 10,000 times and the Eagles are winning 73 percent of the time. Brock Osweiler will start for the Broncos this week, making Eagles DST one of the premier fantasy football plays.

However, Tierney found a team he likes even better than the Saints and Eagles, and this is one of the few times it has been favored all season.

Tierney also knows there's an alarming statistic that ultimately leads to this team surviving Week 9. And he's sharing what it is, and who to back, 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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