Who Will Win Baltimore Ravens vs. Tennessee Titans? A.I. Predicts

This ought to be old-school, with just a dash of new.

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The Baltimore Ravens love to win with defense and running the ball. The Tennessee Titans also love to win with defense and running the ball. For this old-school matchup, a hive mind of about 30 NFL fans predicts the Titans will emerge victorious at home.

The Ravens rank dead last in passing in the NFL, while the Titans rank a similarly pedestrian 26th. At least the Titans do get some strong running out of quarterback Marcus Mariota, but both teams like to win the game on the ground. The Ravens are coming off a big 40-0 rout in last week’s Thursday nighter against the Miami Dolphins, while the Titans look to build on their 7-2 record in their past nine home games.

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From their last meeting in 2014.

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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 Louis 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.

The swarm picks the Titans to win here, but it’s only a low confidence pick with 77 percent brainpower behind it, which is relatively low. As for the margin of victory, the hive mind likes Tennessee by four to six points, which is close to the 3.5-point Vegas spread. As such, best to approach with caution.

The game kicks off 1 p.m. Eastern Sunday on CBS.

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