There is much to give thanks for on Thanksgiving, including in recent decades the NFL. The two have become synonymous, and for that we are grateful.
For most Americans, Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on daily blessings — and some might include the NFL in those blessings. Over time, the two have become synonymous. Many households have the TV on for at least part of the day before, during, or after dinner. Turkey, sweet potatoes, dressing, pumpkin pie, and football.
This year, the NFL has three dandies on the Thanksgiving agenda. The football offerings start with an NFC North battle with the Vikings visiting the Detroit Lions, who have been playing on Thanksgiving since 1934. Then the Dallas Cowboys welcome the Los Angeles Chargers, followed by the New York Giants at the Washington Redskins.
Bing Predicts is calling for the Vikings, Chargers, and Redskins to win.
Bing’s prediction record was a so-so 9-5 last week. Not many prognosticators (including Bing) thought the Buccaneers, Giants, Texans, Bengals, and Falcons would win. Surprise.
This week Bing has anointed the Patriots, the Steelers, and the Chiefs as the biggest favorites.
New England is back home after a convincing win over the Raiders in Mexico City and should have no problem with the Dolphins. Miami and Jay Cutler have become something of a laughingstock and it could get worse. The Dolphins have lost four straight.
Pittsburgh has the ability and healthy bodies to embarrass the Packers, who desperately miss quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
The Chiefs have lost four of their last five and are coming off a loss to the hapless Giants. The Bills could be just the opponent they need to get back on the winning track.
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.