It Seemed Unlikely, But Pat McAfee Ends Football Season A Winner

Posted on January 5, 2021 - Last Updated on March 20, 2024

Pat McAfee is a winner heading into the 2021 NFL Playoffs.

The FanDuel personality came through with a winning set of picks to save his betting season.

Pat’s Picks went 2-1 over the weekend to snag a combined record of 54-53 between college football and NFL betting. That razor-thin winning margin was just enough to put him in the green.

PlayIndiana has been tracking McAfee’s betting records since the start of the college football and NFL seasons.

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McAfee’s NFL betting record stuck at even

McAfee had a rollercoaster of a year when it came to his betting picks. After a hot start to the football season, most of his picks have fallen flat in recent weeks.

Pat’s NFL Picks had a negative record heading into Week 17, so there was a lot riding on this weekend’s slate.

When the dust settled, the former Indianapolis Colt’s NFL betting record landed dead even at 40-40.

Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Cleveland Browns

Pat’s Pick: Under 42.5

Final Score: Browns 24, Steelers 22

Did Pat Win? No

Los Angeles Chargers vs. Kansas City Chiefs

Pat’s Pick: Chargers -3.5

Final Score: Chargers 38, Chiefs 21

Did Pat Win? Yes

Houston Texans vs. Tennessee Titans

Pat’s Pick: Texans +7.5

Final Score: Titans 41, Texans 38

Did Pat Win? Yes

College football gives Pat McAfee a winning gambling season

McAfee certainly cut it close when it came to his betting record.

His 40-40 finish might not be a spectacular showing, but at least it wasn’t a losing season.

Pat avoided a losing record by rallying in the final three weeks of the NFL regular season. McAfee went 7-5 with those picks to inch his way to even.

But even though his regular season NFL record finished at 40-40, he did end up in the positive overall.

McAfee hasn’t released a slate of college football picks in weeks, but in the end, his early season college picks are what ended up saving him. Here’s a look at McAfee’s betting records for the year:

  • NFL: 40-40
  • College Football: 14-13
  • Combined: 54-53

McAfee wouldn’t have ended up as a winner without those College GameDay picks from earlier in the football calendar. At least through the end of the NFL regular season, you’ve been a winner if you’ve taken all of Pat’s Picks.

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Jake Garza is a US Gambling Industry Analyst for Catena Media. He specializes in Midwest sports betting and casino content. Prior to covering the legal gambling industry, he spent time as a professional sports writer, reporting on teams such as the Cincinnati Bengals, Indianapolis Colts and Indiana Pacers. Garza is currently working as a Managing Editor for PlayIndiana and PlayOhio, with previous stops at other well-known brands such as PlayIllinois and PlayMichigan. He has been covering the gambling industry since 2019, and currently works with a team of other journalists to provide comprehensive coverage of the legal U.S. gambling industry.

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