Who Will Win Los Angeles Chargers vs. Oakland Raiders? A.I. Predicts

Are the Raiders doomed?

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It was all going so nicely for the Oakland Raiders — well, for all of two games. But three straight losses and an injury to quarterback Derek Carr have the Raiders scrambling. Can the Chargers capitalize for their second win? A hive mind of about 30 NFL fans predicts the Raiders will win Sunday.

After making the playoffs last season for the first time in more than a decade, the Raiders looked set to build on that success this season. It’s not too late for Oakland to right the ship, but they can’t afford to lose a fourth straight game and join their rival Chargers at the bottom of the AFC West. Los Angeles, for its part, has been a bit better than its record might indicate, but i

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From their last meeting in December 2016.

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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. For instance, the swarm went a perfect 7-0 in its most recommended picks for a recent English Premier League slate.

Unanimous A.I.

Because of injury uncertainties around Carr, there was no line for Unanimous A.I. to have the swarm pick against. So it’s just a question of who will win straight-up, and the swarm likes the Raiders to get back to .500 with the win. It’s only a low confidence pick, but you can see little dissent in the Chargers’ favor here.

The game kicks off 4:25 p.m. Eastern Sunday on CBS.

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