It took weeks for the NFL to settle down a bit.
If in previous weeks, upsets were the norm, they weren’t last week, and they were even less so this time around. All the likely suspects — Philadelphia, New England, Kansas City, Minnesota, and Seattle — won as expected. A few had a more difficult time than others, including the Seahawks, who squeaked out a 41-38 win over the Texans.
Bing predicts called 12 of 15 games correctly in Week 7 and 12 of 13 games in week 8. Impressive. The only miss for week 8 was the Buffalo Bills vs. Oakland Raiders matchup. The Bills topped the favored Raiders.
While no team remains undefeated, the Cleveland Browns and San Francisco 49ers are still winless. Both are 0-8.
For Week 9, look for a few more tightly contested games.
The Chiefs (6-2) at Dallas (4-3) should be a close one. The two teams haven’t met since 2013. Kansas City looked unbeatable a few weeks ago but came back to Earth. The Cowboys are on a two-game win streak but have had trouble winning at home where they are 1-2. They’ve also may have finally lost Ezekiel Elliott to a six-game suspension.
The Falcons (4-3) at Panthers (5-3) should be another tight game. The Panthers defense has been fierce not allowing a touchdown for two games. The Falcons have struggled, losing three of their last four.
It’s still the unpredictable NFL, so we’ll see.
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 lineup changes). Finally, social sentiment adds a unique wisdom-of-the-crowd factor to the model. Learn more about Bing Predicts.