microsoft cortana nfl picks 2015
Microsoft Cortana had a sub-par Week 14, correctly picking the outright winner in just nine of the 16 games. The tally pushedits overall record to 131-77 (63%) on the year.Cortana missed a slew of games that were either affected by injuries (Cincinnati vs. Pittsburgh) or major upsets. Few predicted the Raiders to beat the Broncos or the Saints to beat the Buccaneers, but, alas, even algorithms have off weeks.This week, Cortana likes a handful of road teams, including the Jets, Panthers, and Bills. In the AFC South backup QB showdown between Houston’s T.J. Yates and Indianapolis’ Charlie Whitehurst, Cortana likes the Colts at home, but only gives them a 55% chance to win.Cortana pegs the closest game to be Miami at San Diego, but with no playoff implications on the line, the game will likely not attract a large national audience. The biggest favorites of the week are the Patriots, who host the Titans, and the Seahawks, who host the Browns.As always, you can access Cortana’s picks on Bing Blogs, and you can compare it to other experts at NFL Pick Watch. The Vegas points spread, in parentheses, are used only for comparison (via Vegas Insider). Remember: Cortana only picks outright winners.Tampa Bay Buccaneers (+1.5) @ St. Louis RamsBuccaneers 63% chance to winNew York Jets (-3) @ Dallas CowboysJets 63%Chicago Bears (+5.5) @ Minnesota VikingsVikings 63%Atlanta Falcons (+3.5) @ Jacksonville JaguarsJaguars 64%Houston Texans @ Indianapolis ColtsColts 55%*Kansas City Chiefs (-7.5) @ Baltimore RavensChiefs 67%Buffalo Bills (+1) @ Washington RedskinsBills 55%Tennessee Titans (+12.5) @ New England PatriotsPatriots 89%Arizona Cardinals (-3.5) @ Philadelphia EaglesCardinals 63%Cleveland Browns (+14.5) @ Seattle SeahawksSeahawks 85%Green Bay Packers (+2.5) @ Oakland RaidersPackers 60%Denver Broncos (+6) @ Pittsburgh SteelersSteelers 72%Miami Dolphins (+1.5) @ San Diego ChargersChargers 52%Cincinnati Bengals (-4.5) @ San Francisco 49ersBengals 69%Carolina Panthers (-5.5) @ New York GiantsPanthers 63%Detroit Lions (+3) @ New Orleans SaintsSaints 57%*note: no line because of quarterback uncertainty on both teamsJoin the conversation about this storyNOW WATCH: President Obama said Muslim-Americans are our sports heroes; here are some of the greatest
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