Who Will Win Kansas City Chiefs vs. New York Giants? A.I. Predicts

It's a milestone week for Eli Manning, but that's about it for the Giants.

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Eli Manning makes his 209th consecutive start this week, moving ahead of older brother Peyton Manning on the all-time list. And… that’s about it for the New York Giants, whereas the Kansas City Chiefs look to recapture their early-season hot streak. A hive mind of about 30 NFL fans predicts the Chiefs will win Sunday.

What’s particularly brutal about this is that the Giants have arguably reached a point in their miserable 1-8 campaign where it makes sense to bench Manning — who hasn’t been terrible or anything, but is also 36 and probably not the Giants’ long-term answer — and see what rookie Davis Webb can do. It’s like when Los Angeles Rams coach Jeff Fisher got fired last year a game before he could set the all-time loss record, except marginally less sad. At least Manning’s mark isn’t an ignominious achievement, and he will get to pass his brother unless there’s a surprise benching Sunday.

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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. About 30 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 likes the Chiefs to win, predicting a victory with high confidence and 81 percent brainpower.

Unanimous A.I.

The swarm likes the Chiefs to win big here, predicting a victory by at least 13 points with 80 percent brainpower. By comparison, the Vegas line only favors Kansas City by 10.5 points.

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

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