So Far, The NFL Playoffs Have Been Good To Pat McAfee

Posted on January 11, 2021

Pat McAfee started the NFL Playoffs off on the right foot.

His gambling picks went 3-2 during the opening Wild Card round of the playoffs. That showing kept his betting record in winning territory for year.

PlayIndiana is tracking Pat’s Picks throughout the remainder of the postseason.

Pat McAfee goes 3-2 with NFL betting picks

McAfee needed a winning week to keep his record above water.

The FanDuel personality came into the opening round of the playoffs with his NFL betting record stuck at 40-40. His 3-2 wild card slate moved that record into positive territory for the first time in several weeks.

This week, Pat’s Picks included his former team. The former Indianapolis Colts punter took Indy’s spread for the team’s matchup against the Buffalo Bills.

Indianapolis Colts vs. Buffalo Bills

Pat’s Pick: Colts +6.5

Final Score: Bills 27, Colts 24

Did Pat Win? Yes

Seattle Seahawks vs. Los Angeles Rams

Pat’s Pick: Seahawks -3.5

Pat’s Explanation:

“I’m just betting on Russell Wilson over Jared Goff. I understand that the Rams defense is very good, but Russell Wilson can be as well. He had a couple games there where he was nowhere near the normal Russell Wilson, but for me, we don’t know what’s going on with Goff’s thumb. He’s going to play but we don’t know what’s going on. It feels like the Seahawks defense is a little bit better than the last time they played.”

Final Score: Rams 30, Seahawks 20

Did Pat Win? No

Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Washington Football Team

Pat’s Pick: Buccaneers -7.5

Pat’s Explanation:

“It’s Tom Brady, okay? I feel like the Buccs for the last 10 quarters have played great football. Will that defensive line be a problem? Potentially. They’re very good at football. But I believe they know that on the offensive side of the ball as well.”

Final Score: Buccaneers 31, Football Team 23

Did Pat Win? Yes

Chicago Bears vs. New Orleans Saints

Pat’s Pick: Saints -9.5

Final Score: Saints 21, Bears 9

Did Pat Win? Yes

Cleveland Browns vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

Pat’s Pick: Steelers -5.5

Pat’s Explanation:

“Everything’s telling me that the Steelers should just go ahead and do their thing here. Cleveland doesn’t have their play-caller. They don’t have their stud offensive lineman. They don’t have a lot of other things, they haven’t been able to practice all week.”

Final Score: Browns 48, Steelers 37

Did Pat Win? No

How long can McAfee’s record hold out?

McAfee’s betting record has swung wildly in both directions this football season.

Things were fantastic during the first few weeks of the season. Pat’s Picks were hitting much more often than they missed.

That changed as the season went on, as his betting record dipped deep into negative territory after a handful of losing weeks.

McAfee’s record might be in the positive now, but how long will it last?

Here’s how his betting records stand heading into the next round of the NFL postseason:

  • NFL: 43-42
  • College Football: 14-13
  • Combined: 57-55

One bad week could sink McAfee’s record again, or a big winning week could could provide some padding.

Check back in next week to see how McAfee does.

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