Wild Card NFL Expert Picks: New Orleans Saints @ Philadelphia Eagles


Call it a gut feeling, but I think (personally) this is where the Saints’ road woes end. Philly has been an unpredictable monster this year, but I expect Drew Brees to have a renewed sense of purpose in the playoffs. When he is driving a game he and that offence are almost unstoppable, and their experience on this stage may be the biggest attribute in this game. 

Let’s see what the Best Pick Index says…

New Orleans @ Philadelphia (8:10pm)

Matchup Difficulty: 60.42% (the higher the score, the better the experts’ success rate when picking these two teams. An ‘average’ matchup would be 62%) 
Consensus:  Philadelphia 67%
Top 5 Overall:  Philadelphia 80%

Best Pick Index:


The Best Pick Index tracks which experts have picked the two teams most accurately at home and away this season, before ranking them based on their overall accuracy.


New Orleans Philadelphia
Rank Expert Affiliation Road % Home % Overall Pick
1 Chris Hansen Bleacher Report 75.00% 75.00% 75.0% PHI
2 Jamey Eisenberg CBS 62.50% 87.50% 75.0% PHI
3 Adam Meyer FOX 62.50% 87.50% 75.0% PHI
4 Ty Schalter Bleacher Report 75.00% 62.50% 68.8% NOS
5 Prediction Machine CBS 75.00% 62.50% 68.8% PHI
6 Whatifsports FOX 62.50% 75.00% 68.8% No Pick
7 Chris Brockman NFL 62.50% 75.00% 68.8% PHI
8 Shaun O’Hara NFL 50.00% 87.50% 68.8% NOS
9 Gordon McGuinness ProFootballFocus 62.50% 75.00% 68.8% PHI
10 Steve Palazzolo ProFootballFocus 62.50% 75.00% 68.8% PHI
11 Andrea Hangst Bleacher Report 62.50% 62.50% 62.5% PHI
12 Erik Frenz Bleacher Report 50.00% 75.00% 62.5% NOS
13 Matt Miller Bleacher Report 62.50% 62.50% 62.5% PHI
14 Michael Schottey Bleacher Report 62.50% 62.50% 62.5% PHI
15 Jason La Canfora CBS 62.50% 62.50% 62.5% PHI
16 Ryan Wilson CBS 62.50% 62.50% 62.5% NOS
17 Keyshawn Johnson ESPN 62.50% 62.50% 62.5% PHI
18 Pick ‘em ESPN 62.50% 62.50% 62.5% PHI
19 Seth Wickersham ESPN 50.00% 75.00% 62.5% NOS
20 Michael Fabiano NFL 75.00% 50.00% 62.5% No Pick
21 Dave Damashek NFL 62.50% 62.50% 62.5% PHI
22 Marc Sessler NFL 62.50% 62.50% 62.5% PHI
23 Ben Stockwell ProFootballFocus 50.00% 75.00% 62.5% PHI
24 Khaled Elsayed ProFootballFocus 62.50% 62.50% 62.5% NOS
25 Rick Drummond ProFootballFocus 62.50% 62.50% 62.5% PHI
26 Vinnie Iyer Sporting News 62.50% 62.50% 62.5% PHI
27 Don Banks Sports Illustrated 75.00% 50.00% 62.5% PHI
28 Lindsay H. Jones USA Today 62.50% 62.50% 62.5% NOS
29 Les Carpenter Yahoo 50.00% 66.67% 58.3% No Pick
30 Zach Kruse Bleacher Report 50.00% 62.50% 56.3% PHI
31 Adam Schefter ESPN 62.50% 50.00% 56.3% PHI
32 Cris Carter ESPN 50.00% 62.50% 56.3% PHI
33 Mike Golic ESPN 62.50% 50.00% 56.3% PHI
34 Tom Jackson ESPN 62.50% 50.00% 56.3% PHI
35 John Halpin FOX 62.50% 50.00% 56.3% PHI
36 Michael Irvin NFL 50.00% 62.50% 56.3% PHI
37 Rich Eisen NFL 75.00% 37.50% 56.3% NOS
38 Sterling Sharpe NFL 50.00% 62.50% 56.3% PHI
39 Warren Sapp NFL 62.50% 50.00% 56.3% PHI
40 Michael David Smith PFT 62.50% 50.00% 56.3% PHI
41 Nathan Jahnke ProFootballFocus 37.50% 75.00% 56.3% PHI
42 Yahoo Users Yahoo 62.50% 50.00% 56.3% NOS
43 Jim Corbett USA Today 50.00% 62.50% 56.3% PHI
44 Nate Davis USA Today 62.50% 50.00% 56.3% PHI
45 Simon Samano USA Today 62.50% 50.00% 56.3% PHI
46 Matt Smith NFL 50.00% 60.00% 55.0% PHI
47 Brad Gagnon Bleacher Report 37.50% 62.50% 50.0% PHI
48 Josh Katzowitz CBS 50.00% 50.00% 50.0% PHI
49 Will Brinson CBS 62.50% 37.50% 50.0% PHI
50 Eric Allen ESPN 50.00% 50.00% 50.0% PHI
51 K.C. Joyner ESPN 37.50% 62.50% 50.0% PHI
52 Mark Schlereth ESPN 62.50% 37.50% 50.0% NOS
53 Mike Ditka ESPN 37.50% 62.50% 50.0% PHI
54 Ryan Fowler FOX 50.00% 50.00% 50.0% PHI
55 Adam Rank NFL 71.43% 28.57% 50.0% PHI
56 Chris Law NFL 50.00% 50.00% 50.0% PHI
57 Chris Wesseling NFL 50.00% 50.00% 50.0% NOS
58 Gregg Rosenthal NFL 62.50% 37.50% 50.0% PHI
59 Henry Hodgson NFL 62.50% 37.50% 50.0% PHI
60 Kurt Warner NFL 50.00% 50.00% 50.0% NOS
61 Melissa Stark NFL 37.50% 62.50% 50.0% PHI
62 NFL FAN PICKS NFL 50.00% 50.00% 50.0% NOS
63 Steve Wyche NFL 50.00% 50.00% 50.0% NOS
64 Mike Florio PFT 50.00% 50.00% 50.0% NOS
65 Sam Monson ProFootballFocus 50.00% 50.00% 50.0% PHI
66 Frank Schwab Yahoo 50.00% 50.00% 50.0% No Pick
67 Black Tie NFL 62.50% 37.50% 50.0% No Pick
68 Accuscore Accuscore 50.00% 50.00% 50.0% NOS
69 Marshall Faulk NFL 37.50% 57.14% 47.3% No Pick
70 Mike Freeman Bleacher Report 50.00% 37.50% 43.8% PHI
71 Tyson Langland Bleacher Report 50.00% 37.50% 43.8% NOS
72 Dave Richard CBS 50.00% 37.50% 43.8% PHI
73 Merill Hoge ESPN 62.50% 25.00% 43.8% NOS
74 Ron Jaworski ESPN 37.50% 50.00% 43.8% PHI
75 Elliot Harrison NFL 50.00% 37.50% 43.8% PHI
76 Heath Evans NFL 50.00% 37.50% 43.8% No Pick
77 Kevin Patra NFL 50.00% 37.50% 43.8% PHI
78 Michael Silver NFL 50.00% 37.50% 43.8% PHI
79 Pickwatch  Pickwatch 62.50% 25.00% 43.8% NOS
80 Neil Hornsby ProFootballFocus 62.50% 25.00% 43.8% PHI
81 Pete O’Brien USA Today 37.50% 50.00% 43.8% PHI
82 Tom Pelissero USA Today 62.50% 25.00% 43.8% NOS
83 Brian Baldinger NFL 50.00% 28.57% 39.3% PHI
84 Knox Bardeen Bleacher Report 50.00% 25.00% 37.5% NOS
85 John Breech CBS 50.00% 25.00% 37.5% NOS
86 Chris Mortensen ESPN 62.50% 12.50% 37.5% NOS
87 Joel Beall FOX 37.50% 37.50% 37.5% NOS
88 Dan Hanzus NFL 37.50% 37.50% 37.5% PHI
89 Steve Mariucci NFL 50.00% 25.00% 37.5% NOS
90 Coin Toss  None 37.50% 37.50% 37.5% No Pick
91 Jarrett Bell USA Today 50.00% 25.00% 37.5% NOS
92 Pete Prisco CBS 50.00% 12.50% 31.3% NOS
93 Matt Bowen Bleacher Report 37.50% 12.50% 25.0% NOS

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About Shaun Lowrie

Shaun Lowrie is the founder and editor of Pickwatch, a site designed to give you a new perspective on experts in the NFL media by tracking their performance when picking games or predicting draft picks, team performance, or player potential. You can contact him at [email protected] or on twitter at @pickwatch

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