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Superbowl 51 insight: The best (and worst) NFL pundits picks on Patriots and Falcons this season

Super Bowl LI will kick off soon and countless NFL fans and bettors will be talking shop and running their NFL systems to get their picks. But most NFL fans will be tuning into the major media networks and Twitter feeds to catch NFL’s mainstream NFL pundits and analysts to get their Super Bowl prediction for this Sunday.

So who will you take for your Super Bowl pick? CBS Sports vs FOX Sports, Forbes vs. USA Today, NFL Network vs. FiveThirtyEight?

NFL pundits Superbowl picks and predictions

Here’s a tip. If you plan to take the talking heads picks for Super bowl, you might as well be equipped with the data to back up the NFL pundits selections. So here’s some insight on the top 100 NFL pundit and analysts sports pick performance for the 2016 season with a hyper-focused lens on these pundits football picks placed on all New England Patriot games, and all Atlanta Falcons games.

Let’s look at who hit the best win rates and simulated profit from their NFL picks on the Patriots and the Falcons, and call out those pundits we think might have been flipping a coin on their picks and win the golden plunger award.

Side note: For football fans looking for the top 100 NFL pundits weekly football pick, win rates, simulated profit, and combined consensus, check out the NFL pundits straight-up and against the spread for the one-stop-shop view.

So without delay, here’s the best-of-the-best NFL pundits and analysts for Patriot games and Atlanta Flacon games, both for their football predictions straight up, and against the spread for the 2016 season.

Which NFL pundit to follow for NFL Super Bowl 51 Predictions?

Atlanta Falcons: Straight up

The best and worst of 2016 NFL pundits prediction performance tracked on 27,130 NFL straight up picks for the season across all games. Atlanta games straight up, measured on 1,170 NFL picks for the season.

Top Rankings: 

  1. Chris Chase (@FireChrisChase) of FOX Sports @ 88.9% win rate, 8 of 9 Atlanta games
  2. Brett Smiley (@brettsmiley) of FOX Sports @ 84.6% win rate, 11 of 13 Atlanta games
  3. NFL Fan Picks (@NFL) @ 83.3% win rate, 9 of 14 Atlanta games
  4. Notable mentions:
    • Steve Marinucci (@SteveMariucci) of NFL.com @ 81.8% win rate, 9 of 11 Atlanta games
    • Walter Football (@walterfootball) @ 83.3% win rate, 5 of 6 Atlanta games

Bottom Rankings (Golden Plunger Award): 

  1. DJ Foster of FOX Sports @ 42.9% win rate, 3 of 7 Atlanta games
  2. Lorenzo Reyes of USA Today @ 58.3% win rate, 7 of 12 Atlanta games
  3. Peter Shrager, FOX Sports @ 58.3% win rate, 7 of 12 Atlanta games

Atlanta Falcons: Against the spread

The best and worst of 2016 NFL pundits prediction performance tracked on 12,016 NFL against the spread (ATS) picks for season. Atlanta games against the spread, measured on 417 NFL picks for the season.

Top Rankings: 

  1. WaterFootball @ 100% win rate, 5 of 5 Atlanta games
  2. Frank Schwab (@YahooSchwab) of Yahoo Sports @ 88.9% win rate, 8 of 9 Atlanta games
  3. Craig Miller (@dallasnews) of Dallas Morning News @ 85.7% win rate, 6 of 7 Atlanta games
  4.  Notable mentions:
    • Tom Rock (@TomRock_Newsday) of News Day @ 81.8% win rate, 9 of 11 Atlanta games
    • Jarrett Bell (@JarrettBell) of USA today @ 80% win rate, 4 of 5 Atlanta games

Bottom Rankings (Golden Plunger Award): 

  1. Mario Pergola of Sporfolio @ 40% win rate, 2 of 5 Atlanta games
  2. Tim Cowlishaw of Dallas Morning News @ 42.9% win rate, 3 of 7 Atlanta games
  3. Ben Glauber of News Day @ 50% win rate, 5 of 10 Atlanta games
  4. Jim McBride of Boston Globe @ 50% win rate, 5 of 10 Atlanta games
  5.  Notable mentions:
    • Ben Volin of Boston Globe @ 50% win rate, 3 of 6 Atlanta games
    • Peter Prisco of CBS Sports @ 53.9% win rate, 7 of 13 Atlanta games


New England Patriots: Straight up

The best and worst of 2016 NFL pundits prediction performance ‘against the spread’ on New English Patriots games, measured over 1,614 NFL picks for the season.

The best and worst of 2016 NFL pundits prediction performance tracked on 27,130 NFL straight up picks for the season. New England Patriot games straight up, measured on 1,614 NFL picks for the season.

Top Rankings: 

  1. Cris Collinsworth (@CollinsworthPFF) of Pro Football Focus @ 93.8% win rate, 15 of 16 Patriot games
  2. Chris Chase of Fox Sports @ 92.3% win rate, 12 of 13 Patriot games
  3. Gordon McGuinness (@PFF_Gordon) of Pro Football Focus @ 92.3% win rate, 12 of 13 Patriot games
  4. Notable mentions:
    • James Lofton (@lofton80) of WestWood One @ 92.3% win rate, 12 of 13 Patriot games
    • Mike Renner (@PFF_Mike) of Pro Football Focus @ 92.3% win rate, 12 of 13 Patriot games
    • Seth Wickersham (@SethWickersham) of ESPN @ 92.3% win rate, 12 of 13 Patriot games
    • Peter Schrader (@FOXSports) of Fox Sports @ 91.7% win rate, 11 of 12 Patriot games

Bottom Rankings (Golden Plunger Award): 

We can’t be to hard on these guys at these win rates, but to highlight they were ranked at the bottom of the list of NFL pundits picks on New England Patriots.

  1. Dave Richard of CBS Sports @ 81.25% win rate, 13 of 16 Patriot games
  2. David Steele of Sporting News @ 81.25% win rate, 13 of 16 Patriot games
  3. Vinnie Lyer of SportingNews @ 81.25% win rate, 13 of 16 Patriot games

New England Patriots: Against the spread

The best and worst of 2016 NFL pundits prediction performance tracked on 12,016 NFL against the spread (ATS) picks for season. New England Patriot games against the spread, measured on 476 NFL picks for the season.

Top Rankings: 

  1. Dave Moore of Dallas Morning News @ 100% win rate, 8 of 8 Patriot games
  2. John Breech (@johnbreech) of  CBS Sports @ 87.5% win rate, 7 of 8 Patriot games
  3. SportsBetting Stats (@Sportsbetstats) @ 87.5% win rate, 7 of 8 Patriot games
  4. Eric Eager of  ProFootball Focus (@EricEager8) @ 85.7% win rate, 6 of 7 Patriot games
  5. WalterFootball @ 85.7% win rate, 6 of 7 Patriot games
  6. Notable:
    • Ben Volin (@BenVolin) of Boston Globe @ 84.6% win rate, 11 of 13 Patriot games
    • Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) of  USA Today @ 84.6% win rate, 11 of 13 Patriot games
    • Ryan Wilson (@ryanwilson_07) of  CBS Sports @ 83.3% win rate, 5 of 6 Patriot games
    • Sam Farmer (@LATimesfarmer) of  LA Times @ 83.3% win rate, 5 of 6 Patriot games

Bottom Rankings (Golden Plunger Award): 

  1. Dave Richard of CBS Sports @ 54.6% win rate, 6 of 11 Patriot games
  2. FiverThirtyEight @ 50% win rate, 2 of 4 Patriot games
  3. Bob Glauber of News Day @ 60% win rate, 6 of 10 Patriot games
  4. Mario Pergola of Sporfolio @ 60% win rate, 3 of 5 Patriot games
  5. Notable
    • Mike Clay of ESPN @ 63.6% win rate, 7 of 11 Patriot games

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Sources: NFL analysts and pundits from:
CBS Sports, FOX Sports, Forbes, Los Angeles Times, NumberFire, FanSided, Dallas  Morning News, USA Today, NFL Network, NFL Fan picks, FiveThirtyEight, ACCU SCORE, Yahoo Sports, SB Nation, OddsShark, ESPN, PFF (Focus), Team Rankings, MSN Bing, SportingNews, Prediction Machine, and more.

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