Man Picks Detroit Lions, Machine Picks Tampa Bay Buccaneers

ESPN’s panel of experts are back to predict the outcome of every NFL game this season and their results will be put up against the projection from AccuScore.

For those not familiar with the way AccuScore works, here is their description:

AccuScore has powered more than 10,000 simulations for every NFL game on ESPN.com, calculating how each team’s performance changes in response to game conditions and opponent’s abilities. Each game is simulated and the game is replayed a minimum of 10,000 times to generate forecasted winning percentages.

The process is somewhat less complicated for the ESPN personalities featured on their expert panel; they think about the game and pick a winner.

Eric Allen is the lone human on the panel picking the Buccaneers this week. Mike Golic, Merril Hoge, Ron Jaworski, Chris Mortenson, Adam Schefter, Mark Schlereth and Seth Wickersham are all predicting a Lions victory.

AccuScore sides with Allen by making the Bucs the favorite by a 58% to 41% split. The AccuScore simulation is in general agreement with a video game simulation run on Madden 12. The post game analysis will read like this if the Madden simulation turns out to be correct:

LeGarrette Blount runs wild against Detroit, chugging through the Lions’ D for 117 yards, including a game-clinching 36-yard touchdown in Tampa’s 23-17 win. Josh Freeman completed 24 of 38 passes for 235 yards and a score as Tampa’s young squad continues to show its clutch capability.

Let’s hope man wins this battle over machine.

Topics: Detroit Lions, Predictions, Projections, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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