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.
Tierney has been picking winners all season. He is an amazing 78-35 picking every NFL game straight-up over the last eight weeks. It's not how much you win by in a Survivor Pool. Simply, it's about picking a winner and moving on.
This week, we can tell you he's not going with the Ravens, a sizeable home favorite against the Raiders. Lamar Jackson had a great debut in a win over the Bengals and the Baltimore defense should hold down Derek Carr and the Raiders. But there's always the chance Start 2 won't go as smoothly for the rookie QB.
Instead, Tierney is revealing a confident pick that sets you up well in your pool without causing too much stress. And this team is likely still available in your pool. He's also naming backup teams in case you've used his optimal option.
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