Just one step in a simple, non-contact practice drill and Houston quarterback Deshaun Watson’s season was over. And as Watson goes, so likely go the Texans’ playoff chances. Watson tore his ACL and is expected to undergo surgery this week.
Before the injury, most oddsmakers and prognosticators looked at Houston’s week 9 game against the Luck-less Colts and predicted a win. Bing Predicts also picked Houston to win the game. But Bing could not foresee Watson’s injury. No one could. Without Watson, Indianapolis took advantage and grabbed its third win of the season.
That was one of three games that Bing missed in Week 9. Bing also missed on the Redskins’ comeback win at Seattle and the Jets big huge upset over the Bills.
Still, Bing called 10 of 13 games correctly. That’s a solid prediction rate in this topsy-turvy NFL season.
For Week 10, Bing is not going out on a limb on any of the 14 games.
A closer look, though, shows Bing is favoring the road teams in seven of the games, including the Seahawks at Arizona, the Saints at Buffalo, and the Vikings at Washington. Bing makes calls on close games like Dallas at Atlanta, as well as the Giants vs. San Francisco, a battle of two flailing franchises.
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.