No one knows the NFL like Mike Tierney. A national sportswriter whose work appears in the New York Times and Los Angeles Times, he's reported from seven Super Bowls. Tierney excels both against the spread and straight-up. The last two seasons, he's hit on nearly 65 percent of his straight-up Office Pool picks (330-180-2), beating the vast majority of experts on NFLPickWatch.com.
Part of his success comes from the approach of evaluating each game from the underdog's point of view. That strategy has helped him become an authority at the Survivor Pool format, which calls for picking one team to win each week, but never pick the same team twice.
Last week he took the Patriots in an easy 25-6 Monday Night victory. The week before, he went with the Falcons who downed the Giants also on Monday night, more winners for the NFL expert. Tierney finished a near-perfect 12-2 on his Week 8 straight-up picks and over the last five weeks, he's gone an amazing 56-17.
This week, we can tell you he's not going with the Chiefs, a road favorite at Cleveland. Kansas City is dealing with injury issues and the Browns could respond to Hue Jackson's firing with an inspired effort. There are better options out there, and Tierney is revealing a confident pick that sets you up to last longer in your pool without causing too much stress.
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