Thanksgiving weekend NFL game predictions

During the course of the NFL season we predict the weekly outcomes using data from social media along with some formulas (more on that here). While this might sound odd, our social NFL predictions are doing decent 11 weeks into the season with an 86-73-1 mark following a 9-5 showing in Week 11.

Since predicting games is only fun if you do it against a friend, I decided to put my money where my mouth is to an extent. During each week, I enlist a friend from across the Web to pick the games against the ones from social media; the top weekly picker will get $100 to a charity of their choice. This week’s contestant is Bob Cargill (@cargillcreative on Twitter). The current leader in the clubhouse is Gini Dietrich who selected 12 correct games earlier in the season. Check out the video below for this week’s picks:

Week 12 NFL Predictions

CARGILL: HOU, DAL, NE, CHI, CIN, PIT, IND, DEN, SEA, ATL, JAX, BAL, ARI, SF, GB, PHI

SOCIAL MEDIA: HOU, DAL, NYJ, CHI, OAK, PIT, IND, DEN, MIA, ATL, JAX, BAL, ARI, NO, NYG, PHI

What do you think of this method? Think you can pick them better? If so, drop your picks in the comments below.


4 comments
AmyVernon
AmyVernon

@howiegoldfarb Missed on the Jets, though. #puttingitmildly c @jeffespo

howiegoldfarb
howiegoldfarb

@AmyVernon @jeffespo i think sports is hard. Curious if the odds makers getting it right more often?

jeffespo
jeffespo

@howiegoldfarb @AmyVernon its all a numbers game and overall method over. 500 but some teams are outliers in overall mentions nyj one

AmyVernon
AmyVernon

@howiegoldfarb Personally, you'll come out ahead more often than not if you bet against my alma mater or The Jets.

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