Everything was gravy this week after getting to see the Lions win in person on Thanksgiving Day. But let’s see how the models did, just in case that gravy turns out to be tasty. If not, I’ll console myself with thinking that there’s no way the Lions can blow the playoffs two years in a row. Continue reading
I’m a bit behind, so let’s do tonight’s Chicago-Dallas game quickly. Chicago really has nothing to play for at this point; if they won out, they would still only be 9-7 and likely miss the playoffs in a crowded NFC. Dallas, on the other hand, is still in the mix and needs a win to keep up its division title hopes, or at least keep in the wild card hunt with Green Bay/Detroit/Arizona/Seattle/San Francisco. As such, you would think that Dallas is the better team and has more to play for and should be the favorite. They are, to the tune of 4 points. But the models don’t think that the Cowboys are that much better, and with the game being in Chicago they have it as more of a toss-up (or more accurately, the Bears as one point dogs). Dallas has been kind of inconsistent, so I could see it going either way, but the models are going with the Bears to cover.
The models didn’t have a good Thanksgiving, as they agreed that Chicago and Dallas should have covered but neither game came through. I don’t honestly mind too much, since I got to see a Lions win in person and that was pretty fun. Let’s see what the predictions are for the rest of the holiday weekend. Continue reading
Thanks to my dad, I’ll get to be at the Lions game on Thursday (thanks dad!). Unfortunately, that means they’re almost certainly doomed to a terrible upset. Detroit is favored by a touchdown over the Bears; it looks like the line has moved up there from about 5.5. The models think that 4-5 is more appropriate, so they’re leaning towards a Chicago cover. I would honestly be ok with that as long as the Lions win, but I’ll take a touchdown win too. Continue reading
I finally got a decent week out of the models. Hooray! Here’s how it went down. Continue reading
It feels to me like the season should be winding down and we should be getting a good sense of who’s going to the playoffs and all that. But, aside from Carolina and Pittsburgh, everyone actually still has six games to play. We still have nearly half the season to go. The models all started the week with a correct pick though, which is nice. Here’s how the rest of the schedule looks. Continue reading
It’s no surprise that Kansas City is favored over Oakland tonight. The Raiders are the league’s only winless team while the Chiefs were perhaps surprisingly hanging around the AFC West division lead with the Broncos; after an impressive win over Seattle while Denver lost in equally impressive fashion to the Rams, the two are actually tied based on record. The game is in Oakland though, which limits the damage a little bit. The Chiefs are touchdown favorites according to SBR, but the models have the game a little closer. But in any case, it seems likely that it’s a boring Thursday night game ahead. Continue reading