The Kansas City Chiefs had the best win of the NFL’s opening week, beating the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots. Now Chiefs coach Andy Reid gets a chance to beat his old team when the Philadelphia Eagles visit. A hive mind of more than 40 NFL fans likes the Chiefs to emerge victorious Sunday against the Eagles.
The Chiefs could make a serious bid for the status of the NFL’s hottest team with another big victory over Philly, who notched a season-opening win of their own against their divisional rival in Washington. This isn’t the first time Reid has faced the team he once took to a Super Bowl appearance, but it is his first opportunity to face off against his former longtime offensive coordinator Doug Pederson, now Philly’s coach.
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To predict the result of this and other games, Unanimous A.I. used what’s known as swarm intelligence to forecast the week’s slate. More than 40 NFL fans worked together as a hive mind to make picks. As you can see in the animation below, each participant controlled a little golden magnet and used it to drag the puck toward the answer they thought was the most likely outcome. As the users saw the puck move toward a particular outcome, it triggers a psychological response. They readjust their decision-making, building toward a consensus.
Unanimous A.I. has made some scarily accurate predictions in the past using swarm intelligence, as our previous article explains.
The swarm is feeling very good about the Chiefs, with the only slight disagreement over how confident they are in picking them to win. Ultimately, 86 percent of the hive mind’s collective brainpower felt highly confident that the Chiefs would win at home.
Given that kind of faith in the Chiefs to win, it’s not surprising the swarm likes them to win against the spread when the line is less than a touchdown. The NFL is nothing if not unpredictable, but if newly unleashed Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith could rip apart the Patriots for a two-score win, surely he can do the same against the Eagles, right?
The game kicks off 1 p.m. Eastern Sunday on Fox.
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