Best NFL football knockout, survivor pool picks for Week 5 – CBSSports.com

With Week 5 of the NFL season already here, nearly every team is still available to pick in your Survivor Pool. But lasting deep into the season isn’t about just picking the biggest favorite each week. And that strategy doesn’t work anyway — the Vikings were 16.5-point favorites and got routed at home by the winless Bills in Week 3. So before making your NFL Week 5 Survivor Pool picks, you’ll want to hear what SportsLine’s Mike Tierney has to say. 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 past two seasons, he has 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. Last week, Tierney went with the Chargers, who got off to a slow start against the 49ers but pulled out a 29-27 victory. His second option, for those who already took L.A., was the Packers, who cruised 22-0 over the Bills. In all, Tierney finished a near-perfect 13-2 in Week 4. 

Now, Tierney has studied the matchups and locked in his optimal Week 5 NFL survivor pool pick, in which you need to pick one team each week to win but cannot select the same team twice in a season. 

We can tell you he’s not going with the Saints (-6.5), even as sizable home favorites against the Redskins

Tierney knows New Orleans (3-1) has won three straight, including consecutive road wins over the Falcons and Giants. Quarterback Drew Brees has been as effective as ever, completing 75.8 percent of his passes for 1,305 yards (311 per game), eight

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