NFL football knockout, survivor pool picks, strategy, advice for Week 2, 2021

Coming off the second Super Bowl championship in franchise history, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers opened the 2021 NFL season with a fierce battle against the Dallas Cowboys. The reigning champions came away with a 31-29 victory as legendary quarterback Tom Brady threw four touchdown passes before Ryan Succop booted a 36-yard field goal with two seconds remaining. Tampa Bay looks to improve to 2-0 and is a 12.5-point favorite at home against the NFC South-rival Atlanta Falcons in the Week 2 NFL odds from Caesars Sportsbook. Many will jump on the Buccaneers with their NFL survivor pool picks.

Other favorites who could attract attention for NFL knockout pool picks include the Pittsburgh Steelers (-5.5 against the Las Vegas Raiders), Green Bay Packers (-10.5 against the Detroit Lions) and Denver Broncos (-6 against the Jacksonville Jaguars). Before making any Week 2 NFL survivor picks, see which team the red-hot SportsLine Projection Model just went all-in on.

The model, which simulates every NFL game 10,000 times, is up almost $7,900 for $100 players on top-rated NFL picks since its inception six-plus years ago. It went a sizzling 24-14 on top-rated NFL picks last season, returning more than $800. The model also enters Week 2 of the 2021 season on an incredible 121-79 run on top-rated NFL picks that dates back to the 2017 season.

The model also ranked in the Top 10 on NFLPickWatch four of the past five years on straight-up NFL picks and beat more than 94 percent of CBS Sports Football Pick’em players four times during that span. Anyone who has followed it is way up.

In Week 1, the model recommended the 49ers as its top survivor pick. San Francisco won in 75 percent of SportsLine’s simulations, and the Niners built a 28-point lead against the Lions and held on for the win.

Now the model has locked in on the Week 2 NFL schedule and found its top survivor pick. You can only see who it’s backing this week here.

Top Week 2 NFL survivor pool predictions

For Week 2, the model is shying away from the Kansas City Chiefs against the host Baltimore Ravens. Motivation won’t be a problem for Baltimore, which has lost four straight meetings with Kansas City and is 3-7 overall in the all-time regular-season series. The Ravens also are coming off a season-opening overtime loss at Las Vegas in which they squandered three leads, including one with two seconds left in the fourth quarter.

Despite losing their top three running backs to season-ending injuries before the 2021 campaign even began, the Ravens still had their most dangerous rusher work his magic against the Raiders. The 2019 NFL MVP, quarterback Lamar Jackson eclipsed 1,000 yards to lead Baltimore in rushing the last two seasons and gained a team-high 86 versus Las Vegas.

While they haven’t defeated the Chiefs since 2012, the Ravens are too dangerous for the model’s projections this week.

How to make Week 2 NFL survivor pool picks

Instead, the model is backing a team that had a poor performance in its season-opener, but is set to bounce back in a big way. Picking this team not only will get you to Week 3, it also will put you in the optimal position to go deep in your NFL survivor pool. The time to pick this team is now, and you can only see the play over at SportsLine. 

Which surprising team is a must-back in your Week 2 survivor pool? Visit SportsLine now to see which team carries you to victory in Week 2, all from the advanced computer model that consistently crushes the NFL, and find out. 

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