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NFL Divisional Round Super Computer Picks

By most accounts, the NFL wild-card round was extremely disappointing. All four home favorites won convincingly and no game was close for longer than a quarter or two. For OddsShark, however, it was an excellent week. Our Super Computer nailed its picks, going 4-0 against the spread and straight up while coming close to picking a couple of scores exactly right.

The computer’s Raiders-Texans prediction was scary accurate. It forecasted a 26.8-13.8 result for Houston and the Texans wound up winning 27-14. If you round up, that’s an exact prediction. If you’d followed our computer’s picks last week, you’d be metaphorically rolling in it for the upcoming round but with seven NFL games still to go this season, you’ve still got plenty of time to jump on the bandwagon.

Machines Recognize Machines

Opening as a 16-point favorite over the Houston Texans, the New England Patriots are facing the biggest spread we’ve seen in the NFL playoffs since 1999. The computer isn’t scared, though, and is predicting Bill Belichick to once again get it done and slap around a much weaker team with a projected score of 30.1-9.6.

New England has been one of the best bets in the NFL all season long and since Tom Brady returned from suspension, the Pats are 11-1 SU and 10-2 ATS. Houston doesn’t stand a chance in this game and may very well get laughed out of Foxborough on Saturday.

Brock Osweiler is one of the worst starting quarterbacks in the NFL and with a passer rating of 72.2 was ahead of just Ryan Fitzpatrick on the list of qualified signal-callers in that metric. Although he didn’t start every game for the Texans, his offense accumulated an average of just 17.4 points per game – Tom Brady’s offense averaged 30 points exactly.

Finally, an Underdog!

Wow, the computer, against all odds, has picked an underdog this week. Not to win, mind you, but to just barely cover. With by far the closest prediction of these playoffs, it’s taking the Chiefs to squeak by the Steelers in a 24.2-23.9 contest. At the time of writing, the Steelers were a 1-point underdog so bookmakers also think this one stays tight.

Many are backing Pittsburgh this week and the public consensus is on the Steelers’ points. Much of the action being put on the Steelers is based on their thumping of the Chiefs back in Week 4 but since then, KC has been a different team, going 10-2 straight up.

There are some questions floating around regarding the health of Ben Roethlisberger but if he can suit up for Sunday, this is probably a solid prediction.

In its other two picks this week, the computer likes the Cowboys to cool down the scorching-hot Packers with an 11-point win and is backing the Falcons in their revenge bid against the Seahawks.

Check out the human breakdown of these games under the NFL tab on the home page.

NFL Divisional Round Picks
DayAwayHomeaScorehScore
SatSeattle SeahawksAtlanta Falcons15.133.7
SatHouston TexansNew England Patriots9.630.1
SunPittsburgh SteelersKansas City Chiefs23.924.2
SunGreen Bay PackersDallas Cowboys17.928.7

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