Who Will Win New Orleans Saints vs. Miami Dolphins? A.I. Predicts

The NFL is back in Wembley Stadium.

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Another week, another game in London, as the New Orleans Saints and Miami Dolphins get set to square off in Wembley Stadium. A hive mind of about 35 NFL fans likes New Orleans to make the most of the transatlantic trip, picking them to win Sunday morning.

A win against the Dolphins would be a serious course correction for the Saints, who looked completely cooked after a pair of season-opening losses in which their offense sputtered. But a nice win against the Carolina Panthers now has the Saints in with a shot at getting back to .500 on the year. Meanwhile, the Dolphins are playing in London before they play their first game in Miami, thanks to the hurricane-forced postponement of their season opener. It’s been a weird year for them.

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From their last meeting in 2013.

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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. Here’s Unanimous A.I. founder Lloyd Rosenberg explaining swarm intelligence at a recent TEDx Talk.

Unanimous A.I. has made some scarily accurate predictions in the past using swarm intelligence, as our previous article explains. Most recently, the swarm went a perfect 7-0 in its most recommended picks for last week’s English Premier League slate.

Unanimous A.I.

The swarm likes the technical “road” team here, picking New Orleans to win in Wembley. It’s a low vonidence pick, with a lot of dissent favoring the Dolphins.

Unanimous A.I.

When picking with the spread, the swarm actually likes the Saints a little bit more, with the collective brainpower going up seven percent. It’s still a low confidence pick, though, so exercise caution.

The game kicks off 9:30 a.m. Eastern Sunday on Fox.

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