Social Media Decides Winners of NFL Divisional Playoffs

NFL Divisional LogoIf you have tuned into this blog over the past 18 weeks, you probably know that for this NFL season, I decided to use social media metrics to predict the winners of each week’s NFL games. The formulas use data pulled using Lithium’s Social Media Monitoring tool and are weighted on a number of points that can be scored in an NFL game (click here for a full description). While it might sound foolish, I figure it as just as good as those folks who pick winners by flipping a coin or on what mascot is more bad ass.

The method had its highs and lows during the regular season and I finished with a mark of 132-123. In last weekend’s Wild Card round, these formulas went 3-1 and predicted the outcome of Denver’s wild win over Pittsburgh. Here are this week’s picks (click on any team name for their weekly data):

AFC

NFC

One thing that played a factor into these picks was the bye weeks of the top two seeds in each conference and their lack of buzz in the Wild Card round. But hey, I can’t be biased as the formulas and numbers are what I am picking by. Who are you picking this weekend?

4 Responses to Social Media Decides Winners of NFL Divisional Playoffs
  1. jeffespo
    January 12, 2012 | 11:50 am

    @RTRViews thanks sir

  2. RTRViews
    January 12, 2012 | 12:03 pm

    @jeffespo I think the bye week is a problem, but we’ll see. Three and one last weekend was pretty good!

  3. jeffespo
    January 12, 2012 | 4:32 pm

    @RTRViews yeah I think so too and have some optimization for next year but we’ll see

  4. PaulAtInsight
    January 13, 2012 | 9:45 am

    @amyaddventure those SM infidels! Go Pack!

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