Free NFL Picks For The 1st Round Of The Playoffs

Microsoft’s Bing Predicts Free NFL picks algorithm finished the season with a 170-86 record (66.4%) picking NFL games.

It went 12-4 in Week 17 (it’s third-best week of the year) and ended the season picking two-thirds of NFL games correctly.

While it hasn’t been as successful as the Bing algorithm that correctly predicted 15 of 16 World Cup knockout stage games, it was still pretty good.

Bing Predicts with its free NFL picks had a nearly identical record to the Las Vegas betting favourites, which went 168-84-4 (66.4%). Nate Silver’s ELO model beat Bing Predicts, going 176-80 (68.9%).

Here are Bing Predicts’ free NFL picks for the first round of the NFL playoffs as of Friday morning.

We’ll update them if they change over the weekend (Vegas favourites in parenthesis):

Arizona Cardinals vs. Carolina Panthers — Panthers win, 62.9% chance (Panthers -6.5)
Baltimore Ravens vs. Pittsburgh Steelers — Steelers win, 71.6% chance (Steelers -3)
Cincinnati Bengals vs. Indianapolis Colts — Colts win, 58.2% chance (Colts -3)
Detroit Lions vs. Dallas Cowboys — Cowboys win, 67.4% chance (Cowboys -6.5)

Vegas and Bing Predicts agree on all four games. So does Nate Silver.

Bing Predicts’ Free NFL picks results this year:

Week 1 — 10-6
Week 2 — 9-7
Week 3 — 10-6
Week 4 — 5-8
Week 5 — 13-2
Week 6 — 11-4
Week 7 — 11-4
Week 8 — 10-5
Week 9 — 9-4
Week 10 — 9-4
Week 11 — 8-6
Week 12 — 11-4
Week 13 — 10-6
Week 14 — 10-6
Week 15 — 13-3
Week 16 — 9-7
Week 17 — 12-4

Total — 170-86

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