Just three weeks into the season and NFL survivor pools are already thinning out. Every misstep when entering your NFL knockout pool picks could spell the end. In fact, there were six underdogs who won outright in Week 3, including the New Orleans Saints, who went to Seattle as five-point underdogs without quarterback Drew Brees and handed Pete Carroll his first September home loss as head coach of the Seahawks. Now as we look ahead, the NFL Week 4 schedule is loaded with marquee matchups like Chiefs vs. Lions, Bears vs. Vikings and Cowboys vs. Saints. Should you target games with a larger spread for this week’s NFL survivor picks, or is Week 4 an opportunity to go after a tight line? Before you make your Week 4 NFL pool picks, be sure to see what the proven computer model at SportsLine has to say. It’l help you hone the optimal NFL survivor pool strategy.
Since its inception, this model is up over $7,000 for $100 players on its top-rated NFL picks. On straight-up picks, it ranked in the top 10 on NFLPickWatch for the third straight year and beat over 96 percent of CBS Sports office pool players last season. Anyone who has followed it is way up.
We can tell you the model is not going with the 2-1 Baltimore Ravens even though they’re seven-point favorites at home against the struggling Cleveland Browns. After an offseason of excitement where they hoped to build off a seven-win improvement by adding Odell Beckham Jr, Sheldon Richardson and Olivier Vernon, the Browns are instead 1-2, with their only victory coming against the injury-plagued Jets.
However, as they proved last season with wins in five of their last seven games, this is a team that can get hot in an instant and reverse their fortunes. The Ravens are off to a strong start, but they are largely the same squad that lost in Cleveland to the Browns last year and only beat them 26-24 at home in Week 17. Beckham is a matchup nightmare for a secondary that just gave up 374 yards passing to Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes. The Ravens win outright in almost 70 percent of the model’s simulation, but the computer is saving Lamar Jackson and company for another week.
There’s a team that’s winning just as often, and it’s the top play this week for your NFL football pools. Picking this team also sets you up for the rest of the season. You need to see who it is before locking in any NFL survivor picks.
So which team is a must-back in your Week 4 survivor pool? Visit SportsLine now to see which team carries you to victory in Week 4, all from the proven computer model that’s ranked in the top 10 in straight-up picks three years running.