While the New England Patriots are a heavy favorite to win the Super Bowl again, any NFL team can be sidetracked with injuries.
If the Patriots should lose Tom Brady for an extended period, they might have trouble getting back into the big game. Brady aside, they can absorb injuries better than most teams because of their depth and the genius of coach Bill Belichick.
At the moment, according to Bing.com’s Bing Predicts feature, the Patriots are projected to once again finish strong in the AFC. This 2017 season is not just about the Patriots, however. In the AFC, don’t sleep on the Tennessee Titans or the Oakland Raiders. Meanwhile, according to Bing’s prediction model, NFC teams like the Atlanta Falcons and Dallas Cowboys could actually finish ahead of last year’s Super Bowl champs.
Injuries, trades, or just plain luck will certainly affect the odds over 17 weeks, but right now, this is where you can expect each NFL team to finish the 2017 regular season.
Bing’s NFL predictions use team and player statistics and web activity to build a statistical model that takes into account historical data and real-time information (like injuries, suspensions, and line-up changes). Finally, social sentiment adds a unique wisdom-of-the-crowd factor to the model. Learn more about Bing Predicts.