It’s not like the New England Patriots tossed away their Super Bowl hopes after the upset 27-20 loss to the Dolphins. But now it is clear they are vulnerable. The defense has ranked near the bottom of the NFL all season and is currently 29th, allowing 374.6 yards per game.
Tom Brady had a bad night, it happens even to the best. Give the Dolphins defense credit for intercepting him twice and holding the Pats to two yards of offense in the first quarter.
The Patriots’ loss was one of several upsets of top-echelon, playoff-bound teams in Week 14. The New Orleans Saints (9-4) fell to the Atlanta Falcons and the Minnesota Vikings (10-3) lost to the Carolina Panthers.
Bing Predicts missed all three of those upsets and had a ho-hum 9-7 record for the week. NFL prognostication is a tricky business.
In Week 15, the stakes are higher for teams on the playoff bubble. Plus, several games could help determine playoff seeding for teams already looking ahead to the postseason OR will be key in deciding which playoff teams get home field advantage or even first round byes.
The NFL schedule makers must have foreseen how the first 14 weeks would play out. The Patriots (10-3) will play at Pittsburgh on Sunday afternoon. The red-hot Steelers (11-2) are riding an eight-game win streak, while New England will be looking for a return to the win column. You know what they say, wounded animals are the most dangerous.
Bing’s NFL predictions use team and player statistics and web activity to build a statistical model that takes into account historical data and real-time information (like injuries, suspensions, and lineup changes). Finally, social sentiment adds a unique wisdom-of-the-crowd factor to the model. Learn more about Bing Predicts.