It's been a tough season to predict in the NFL, but Week 12 provided an exceptional day for the favorites. The teams that are expected to win finished 13-3, but anyone who has been paying attention knows that the chances of that trend remaining low are minimal.
There is a big advantage to getting an expert level advantage for the stretch race in your group of survivors or knockout. You can almost see the finish line, so let an experienced veteran take you there.
And nobody knows the NFL as SportsLine expert Mike "Top Dog" Tierney. A national sports journalist whose work has appeared in New York Times and Los Angeles Times has reported seven Super Bowls. He has his finger on the pulse of the league.
Tierney stands out both against propagation and straight. Last season, he went 166-88-2 in the NFL office group selections, beating the vast majority of NFLPickWatch.com experts. This season, he is on track to do the same.
With week 13 ready to begin, Tierney has studied the clashes and has locked up his group of NFL survivors. And he's sharing it on SportsLine.
Last week, only three favorites failed. The highly favored Chiefs were among them, without paying for the second consecutive week.
Tierney had several spreads to choose from last week, but he saved the Eagles for the right time. Philadelphia hosted the Bears and quickly put the game away early, crossing to a 31-3 home win.
This week, there are some big favorites, led by the Patriots at -8 on the road against Buffalo. He considered New England, but Tierney will not go there. He believes there is courage to save Tom Brady and company for one of his other games.
It does not take the Titans, who are trying to stay ahead of a competitive race in the AFC South and house the fading Texans. Each team is ranked in the top 12 in offensive attack and rapid defense and could deny the strengths of each. It's too close to call a sure winner.
He also hesitates to take Oakland, which has been the king of inconsistency this season. The Raiders host the Giants, who are 0-8 against the NFC but 2-1 against the AFC West.
Tierney has his selection of survivors of NFL Week 13 in stone. He has a lot of confidence in himself and is finally ready to share it, only on SportsLine.
So, what's the survivor game of Mike Tierney's week? Visit SportsLine now to see which team will survive and progress, all from the man who finished with a 166-88-2 record in office group selections last season, and find out.