During the 2011 NFL season, I picked the weekly winners utilizing social media metrics gathered using Lithium Social Media Monitoring and a series of formulas (click here for full formulas). While it might sound like bunk, figured it would be an interesting experiment to see how those fan-generated buzz could be used in predicting games. Over the 17 weeks there were ups and downs, but I wound up finishing the year at 132-123 so while not awesome, still above .500.
Instead of calling it a picking season, I decided to continue following this method until a Super Bowl champion is crowned. Aside from the usual formulas, I’ve also attached a PDF breaking down the mentions of each team (click team to see their report) that also shows how they compare to their opponent along with common mentions over the past week. So without further adieu, here are social media’s picks for Wild Card weekend.
- Cincinnati 6, Houston 10 (Projected @Baltimore)
- Pittsburgh 1, Denver 15 (Projected @New England)
- Bye: BAL, NE
- Detroit 16, New Orleans 0 (Projected @Green Bay)
- Atlanta 0, NY Giants 16 (Projected @San Francisco)
- Bye: GB, SF
Be sure to check back next week to see how these picks panned out as well as the Divisional Series matchups. What do you think of this method for picking teams? I would love to hear your opinion or methods for picking in the comments below.