Microsoft Cortana Accurate Football Picks For NFL Games


Sep 2015

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Football predictions by Cortana

It seems Microsoft has a winning football game prediction program, even though it was never intended to be used as such, it has proven to be quite accurate so far. Their engine, Cortana, who was built as a means to compete with Apple’s Siri, has just become very useful for NFL fans that want to place a few bets, but don’t have the time to do all the handicapping. Of course, you could just use our Free Picks of the Week.

For Week 1 of the NFL games, Cortana managed to get a winning record of 13-3, making a killer start to the season. There were not many upsets, but what Cortana did manage to correctly pick was the victory of the St. Louis Rams over the Seattle Seahawks, which is impressive as the Seahawks were the clear favorites. The three misses the engine had were the Texans, Colts, and Buccaneers’ games, but overall it was an amazingly accurate week of picks.

For those wondering, Cortana used the straight-up picks. In other words, the system predicted the moneyline, and not the point spread, which is what probably helped with the accuracy. Predicting the point spread is somewhat more complicated, as a lot of sportsbooks can attest to. Cortana has already made the Week 2 picks:

Game Predicted Winner Odds of Winning
Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs Chiefs 56.6%
Houston Texans at Carolina Panthers Panthers 65.9%
San Diego Chargers at Cincinnati Bengals Bengals 65.9%
Detroit Lions at Minnesota Vikings Vikings 62.9%
Atlanta Falcons at New York Giants Giants 56.6%
St. Louis Rams at Washington Redskins Rams 53.3%
Baltimore Ravens at Oakland Raiders Ravens 53%
Seattle Seahawks at Green Bay Packers Packers 61.4%
New England Patriots at Buffalo Bills Bills 53.3%
Arizona Cardinals at Chicago Bears Bears 51.5%
Tennessee Titans at Cleveland Browns Browns 52%
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints Saints 74.2%
San Francisco 49ers at Pittsburgh Steelers Steelers 62%
Miami Dolphins at Jacksonville Jaguars Dolphins 61.4%
Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles Eagles 64.4%
New York Jets at Indianapolis Colts Colts 67.4%

There are not many surprises, except for the fact that it picked the Bears over the Cardinals and the Bills over the Patriots. Some of the games are quite close when it comes to their chances of winning, so be sure to do your own research to prove it right or wrong. It is still impressive what Microsoft’s engine can do when it comes to football, and what waits for us in the future.