Top NFL football knockout, survivor pool picks, strategy, advice for Week 1, 2022: Avoid the Bengals


Knowing which games to target and which to avoid in Week 1 can be the difference between a deep run or making incorrect NFL survivor pool picks. The Week 1 NFL schedule features multiple matchups you’ll want to steer clear of when deciding which teams to back with your Week 1 NFL knockout pool picks. There are seven games that feature NFL spreads of three points or fewer according to the latest Week 1 NFL odds, including Browns vs. Panthers (-2), Raiders vs. Chargers (-3) and Buccaneers vs. Cowboys (+1.5). Which side of each game should you back with your NFL pool picks? Before finalizing any Week 1 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 over $7,500 for $100 players on top-rated NFL picks since its inception. The model enters the 2022 NFL season on an incredible 138-97 run on top-rated NFL picks that dates back to the 2017 season. Amazingly, it hasn’t missed a top-rated pick since Week 15 last season.

The model also ranked in the top 10 on NFLPickWatch four of the past six 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. 

Now, it has turned its attention to the latest Week 1 NFL odds from Caesars and locked in its Week 1 survivor pool pick. You can only see who the model is backing this week at SportsLine.

Top Week 1 NFL survivor pool predictions 

For Week 1 of the 2022 NFL season, the model is shying away from the Cincinnati Bengals, even though they are the reigning AFC champions and favored at home over the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Bengals will enter the 2022 NFL season full of confidence after making a surprising run to the Super Bowl last season.

The Bengals had success last season thanks to their dynamic aerial attack, which averaged 259.0 passing yards per game. Cincinnati also dominated this rivalry in 2021, beating the Steelers 41-10 and 24-10. However, the model is avoiding this matchup in Week 1 because of Pittsburgh’s success against the Bengals over the years. The Steelers are 16-4 in their last 20 games against the Bengals on the road. See which team to pick here.

How to make Week 1 NFL survivor pool picks 

Instead, the model is backing a team that made a quarterback change in the offseason and has had plenty of success against its Week 1 opponent. 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 1 survivor pool? Visit SportsLine now to see which team carries you to victory in Week 1, all from the advanced computer model that consistently crushes the NFL, and find out.