Microsoft Cortana had its second-straight solid week of NFL predictions, correctly picking 11 of 15 Week 6 games.
It’s now 58-33 (64%) on the year.
Week 6 was a good week for favourites across the board. Cortana went 11-4, Vegas favourites went 12-3, and Nate Silver’s ELO model went 10-5.
The only game Cortana and Vegas differed on in Week 6 was Steelers-Browns. Cortana had the Steelers winning and Vegas had the Browns as slight favourites. The Browns won 31-10. Vegas favourites are now 59-32 on the season. Silver’s ELO is 64-27.
Cortana, the Windows Phone virtual assistant that uses an algorithm from Bing Predicts to predict every game, caught fire and correctly picked 15 of 16 World Cup knockout stage games. After a so-so start to the NFL season, the algorithm is now 24-6 in its last two weeks.
Here are Cortana’s Week 7 picks as of Tuesday evening. We’ll update them if they change throughout the week (Vegas favourites in parentheses):
- New York Jets vs. New England Patriots — Patriots win, 81% chance (Patriots -9.5)
- Atlanta Falcons vs. Baltimore Ravens — Ravens win, 68.8% chance (Ravens -7)
- Tennessee Titans vs. Washington Redskins — Redskins win, 59.8% chance (Redskins -4.5)
- Seattle Seahawks vs. St. Louis Rams — Seahawks win, 70.2% chance (Seahawks -6.5)
- Cleveland Browns vs. Jacksonville Jaguars — Browns win, 65.9% chance (Browns -5.5)
- Cincinnati Bengals vs. Indianapolis Colts — Colts win, 64.4% chance (Colts -3)
- Minnesota Vikings vs. Buffalo Bills — Bills win, 64.4% chance (Bills -4)
- Miami Dolphins vs. Chicago Bears — Bears win, 58.2% chance (Bears -3.5)
- New Orleans Saints vs. Detroit Lions — Lions win, 62.9% chance (Lions -3)
- Carolina Panthers vs. Green Bay Packers — Packers win, 68.8% chance (Packers -7)
- Kansas City Chiefs vs. San Diego Chargers — Chargers win, 58.2% chance (Chargers -4)
- Arizona Cardinals vs. Oakland Raiders — Cardinals win, 75.4% chance (Cardinals -3.5)
- New York Giants vs. Dallas Cowboys — Cowboys win, 67.4% chance (Cowboys -5.5)
- San Francisco 49ers vs. Denver Broncos — Broncos win, 64.4% chance (Broncos -6.5)
- Houston Texans vs. Pittsburgh Steelers — Steelers win, 64.4% chance (Steelers -3.5)
Cortana and Vegas don’t disagree on anything this week.
Here are Cortana’s results so far this year:
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