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The 16 Best NFL Podcasts to Listen to Right Now

The NFL season is off to a good start despite the questions that existed before it even started. Would games be able to be played during the COVID-19 pandemic? What will the game experience look like with little to no fans in the stands? If you want to be filled in on what’s going on around the NFL, you have to be listening to the swath of NFL podcasts available. With podcasts that cover fantasy sports, betting, and detailed analysis of the league and players, there’s a podcast for everyone. 

An honorable mention goes to Bill Simmons’ podcast. I debated placing this on the list, but despite Bill’s coverage of the NFL, his show skews just a little too far towards the NBA to make it on the list. Here’s what you should be listening to right now.

1. ‘Around the NFL’

Filled with a group of heroes, The NFL’s official website has a cult following with its NFL podcast. Hosted by Gregg Rosenthal, Dan Hanzus, Marc Sessler, and Chris Wesseling, Around the NFL has some of the best chemistry between its hosts. It really feels like a group of longtime friends chopping it up about their favorite sport.

2.’ ESPN Fantasy Focus Football’

Featuring a rotating cast of characters, Fantasy Focus is one of the top fantasy sports podcasts. Matthew Berry, Stephania Bell, and Field Yates lead a group that always has the latest information on NFL injuries and statistics. Plan your Sunday lineups accordingly.

3. ‘The Bill Barnwell Show’

One of the best NFL writers, Bill Barnwell is no slouch when it comes to his weekly podcast. With a rotating cast of guests appearing, Barnwell breaks down interesting statistics and analytics around the game of football. The in-depth focus on play calling, playing style and strategy is really useful for fans who want to learn the game.

4. ‘Pardon My Take’

An equally funny and informative podcast, Pardon My Take is a good podcast to listen to for the NFL fans looking to have a laugh. Hosts Big Cat and PFT commenter have great chemistry together which makes this an enjoyable listen. The Barstool Sports production does spend some time on the NBA and college football, but the NFL is the primary topic covered on this podcast.

5. ‘The Ringer NFL Show’

A generally lighthearted show in the NFL podcast world, The Ringer NFL show has just about everything you can imagine. Airing on all five weekdays, The Ringer show features a rotating cast of characters. With a betting show on Fridays, smart analysis, and fantasy coverage throughout the week, The Ringer NFL Show has all-encompassing coverage of the NFL.

6. ‘The Lefkoe Show’

Adam Lefkoe is one of the more down to earth personalities in the present of the sports media landscape. He features a diverse range of guests like a recent episode where he had rapper Quavo and Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank on at the same time. Lefkoe’s weekly breakdowns with former NFL player Bryan Westbrook are a fun listen.

7. ‘The Mina Kimes Show Featuring Lenny’

ESPN’s Mina Kimes covers the latest happenings going on in the NFL with a variety of different NFL related guests. She stopped using the voice of her dog Lenny recently, but the podcast is still a great listen for any NFL fan that wants to hear about the best stories and news around the NFL. You will also get a sprinkle of comedy with Kimes’ quirky sense of humor.

8. ‘The MMQB NFL Podcast’

A solid podcast, the MMQB NFL pod features a few of the MMQB staff. With picks for winners in the latest week in games, the latest news in the NFL, the various weekly shows with different hosts add different perspectives for everyone.

9. ‘The Adam Schefter Podcast’

The premier NFL news breaker, Adam Schefter’s reporting also reaches a different wavelength with his weekly podcast. His show drifts from the latest intel around the league to conversations with some of the most interesting personalities around the NFL. Schefter’s NFL Rolodex is no joke and it shows with guests like recent number one draft pick Joe Burrow, Browns running back Kareem Hunt, and former general manager Bill Polian in the past few months.

10. ‘Rotoworld Football Podcast’

With fantasy and betting aspects of the sports world a major priority for fans, news about the latest statistics, analytics and injuries is at an all-time premium. Rotoworld is arguably the most consistent site for updates about the latest injury updates. The podcast is a great companion piece to the site. You’ll hear the latest updates about what players are hot and need to be added to your fantasy squad.

11. ‘The Athletic Football Show’

Hosted by Robert Mays, The Athletic Football Show is a great listen. Mays really enjoys the minutiae of the league and his passion for the NFL stands out and resonates with listeners. Armed with a boatload of Athletic NFL local and national reporters that make regular appearances, the show has great information on the regular. The pod also offers betting information weekly.

12. ‘Ross Tucker Football Podcast: NFL Podcast’

Former NFL offensive lineman Ross Tucker is prominent in the NFL media landscape. He’s a color commentator on NFL and college football broadcasts. Tucker also has one of the more interesting NFL fantasy-related podcasts. He covers the latest news and provides useful examinations of NFL gameplay. Tucker’s knowledge is really useful for the listener.

13. ‘Pro Football Talk with Mike Florio’

NBC Sports contributor Mike Florio has one of the better NFL podcasts that the casual NFL fan will enjoy. With numerous episodes throughout the week and regular guests from Chris Simms to Peter King, the show always has good insight and analysis of the league.

14. ‘Green Light with Chris Long’

Former two-time Super Bowl champion and 11-year NFL vet Chris Long has found something with his podcast. There’s a little bit of everything for every listener. One episode will focus on breakdowns of the NFL’s most recent games, and then there will be in-depth conversations about serious topics like the Rooney Rule and race in sports. Long’s depth of interests is wide, and it’s shown in interviews with everyone from Jon Hamm to Flea.

15. ‘The Peter King Podcast’

A reporter for NBC Sports, longtime NFL writer Peter King hosts a podcast that is very straightforward. You’re going to get a good conversation between King and a guest that usually is in the NBC sports world. 

16. ‘The Pat McAfee Show 2.0’

With a professional NFL career spanning eight years, Pat McAfee brings a fresh perspective to his podcast The Pat McAfee Show 2.0. His energy combined with the knowledge of having played the game, gives listeners a “feel good” yet informative perspective. McAfee’s ability to break down the game week by week in a witty yet hilarious manner, is what’s separated him from the pack, allowing him to build a solid fan base that’s always ready for the next episode.

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