Microsoft Cortana Accurate Football Picks For NFL GamesSeptember 16, 2015 • By natew
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.