Microsoft Cortana — the virtual assistant that picks the outright winner of every NFL game — wrapped up the regular season with a record of 161-95 (63%), and now it’s gearing up for the playoffs.
Last year, Cortana went 8-3 in the playoffs and correctly predicted prior to Wild Card weekend that the New England Patriots would win the Super Bowl. This year, Cortana again thinks New England will hoist the Lombardi Trophy in a 2004 Super Bowl rematch between the Pats and the Panthers.
But let’s not get ahead of ourselves.
First, let’s focus on Wild Card weekend — maybe the most fun weekend of the NFL season. The slate of four games (don’t forget, the first two are on Saturday!) this year looks especially exciting because all four of the road teams are favoured by Las Vegas, and yet Cortana likes all the home teams except for Houston. As we’ve noted throughout the regular season, the games in which Cortana and Vegas disagree tend to be the closest and most exciting.
Here are its picks for Wild Card weekend:
- Kansas City Chiefs (-3.5) @ Houston Texans — Chiefs 63% chance to win
- Pittsburgh Steelers (-3) @ Cincinnati Bengals — Bengals 53%
- Seattle Seahawks (-5) @ Minnesota Vikings — Seahawks 63%
- Green Bay Packers (-1) @ Washington Redskins — Redskins 57%
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