Those Kansas City Chiefs have given NFL prognosticators (and Chiefs fans) headache upon headache in recent weeks. They may be the NFL’s most perplexing team. Most everyone was fooled with their spiffy 5-0 start; now they’ve fallen to 6-5. A quarterback controversy could be brewing, and yet they still earn enough respect to be favored. Last week, they were huge favorites by Bing (78%) and in Las Vegas (-9.5) and still lost 16-10 to Buffalo. Again this week, the Chiefs are the favorites at the Jets. We will see.
That game was not the only whiff by Bing Predicts, which finished NFL’s Week 12 correctly calling 12 of the 16 games. The other misses were the Cardinals’ 27-24 upset win over Jacksonville; the Rams beating the heavily favored Saints 26-20; and the Chargers routing the Cowboys 28-6.
The only team more perplexing than the Chiefs is the New York Giants, who have opted to bench their two-time Super Bowl MVP quarterback Eli Manning in favor of Geno Smith, who has thrown 36 interceptions in 34 games and has a career completion percentage of 57.7%. New York faces off against an unsurprisingly heavily-favored Oakland Raiders team.
With only five weeks remaining in the regular season, a few key matchups could make this week interesting or heart-wrenching, depending on your point of view.
It should come as no surprise that the teams with the projected biggest margins to win are the Patriots over the Bills, Jacksonville toppling the Colts, and the Chargers over the Browns.
Buckle up, could be another bumpy ride.
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.