Prediction Machine simulation has Packers over Colts in Super Bowl 50
The Prediction Machine has spoken and Packers fans are probably going to like what it had to say.
Skynet might not be offering NFL predictions this year, but that doesn't mean machines have given up on making them.
For proof, we give you the Prediction Machine.
The machine, designed by statistician and veteran sportswriter Paul Bessire, spat out its 2015 NFL predictions this week and if the machine's right, there could be a lot of happy cheeseheads in California come February.
The machine predicts that Aaron Rodgers and Andrew Luck will meet in Super Bowl 50, which I'm sure we here at CBS would love since we'll be televising the game on Feb. 7 from Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara.
The machine came up with its results by simulating the 2015 NFL season 50,000 times. In those simulations, the Packers came away with the Lombardi Trophy 17.1 percent of the time.
Oddly enough, the Prediction Machine doesn't actually think the Colts are the best team in the AFC; that honor belongs to the Broncos.
The Colts are the Super Bowl pick though because the machine envisions them earning the No. 1 overall seed in the AFC. The Colts are projected to win the Super Bowl 13.2 percent of the time, while the Broncos are only projected to win it 11 percent of the time.
Besides the Colts, Broncos and Packers, the only other NFL team projected to win the Super Bowl more than five percent of the time is Seattle. Under the Prediction Machine's simulation, the Seahawks are projected to win the Super Bowl 14.8 percent of the time.
Here's a look at the Prediction Machine's projection for the 2015 playoffs.
No. 1 Packers 33-26 over No. 4 Eagles
No. 2 Seahawks 23-17 over No. 3 Panthers
NFC Championship Game
No. 1 Packers 26-23 over No. 2 Seahawks
AFC Championship Game
No. 1 Colts 31-28 over No. 2 Patriots
Super Bowl 50: Packers 31-28 over Colts
SB50 NOTE: Although the original simulations were done with Jordy Nelson in the lineup, the Prediction Machine did run simulations after Nelson got hurt and the Packers are still the favorite to win Super Bowl 50.
So how accurate is the Prediction Machine? You can see the results from the past four years below.
Super Bowl XLIV: Broncos over Seahawks (Actual result: Patriots over Seahawks)
Super Bowl XLVIII: 49ers over Broncos (Actual result: Seahawks over Broncos)
SB XLVIII Note: The Seahawks were projected to make the divisional round of the playoffs.
Super Bowl XLVII: Eagles over Patriots (Actual result: Ravens over 49ers)
SB XLVII Note: The Ravens were projected to be the No. 5 seed in the AFC. The 49ers were projected to win the NFC West, but not do much else.
Super Bowl XLVI: Packers over Chargers (Actual result: Giants over Patriots)
SB XLVI Note: The Patriots were projected to be the No. 3 seed in the playoffs, while the Giants were projected to just miss the postseason at No. 7 in the NFC. In reality, the Giants finished with the sixth-best record, but got the No. 4 seed for winning the NFC East.
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