My system scored 4-0 in terms of predicting wins, but at this point the teams are better and the games are closer. Detroit, I believe, would have been a closer game had Matthew Stafford not been injured. His receiver dropped balls and Seattle was the beneficiary of some incredible pass receptions. That said, we’re into the second round and so will present the second round odds, as determined by the 2 year PPX formula. Odds are presented from the home team’s point of view:
|Second Round Playoff Odds|
|Home Team||Visiting Team||Score Diff||Win Prob||Est. Point Spread|
|Dallas Cowboys||Green Bay Packers||0.569||0.639||4.2|
|Atlanta Falcons||Seattle Seahawks||0.475||0.617||3.5|
|New England Patriots||Houston Texans||-0.247||0.439||-1.8|
|Kansas City Chiefs||Pittsburgh Steelers||0.806||0.691||6.0|
I will note that this system does not favor the New England Patriots, because their -2.65 point Strength of Schedule weighs against them. Both Kansas City or Pittsburgh would be favored in the next round, should New England win. But it’s not a large difference, and Tom Brady is having a magical season. We’ll see.
It is certainly reasonable to argue that Dallas only has playoff experience to 2014 and Green Bay has 2015 experience, and thus the 1 Year PPX formula should be used. We did calculate those odds, as well as odds generated by a median point spread and also Pythagorean expectations and the Simple Ranking System. In all three cases we used the stock 3 point home field advantage.
|Dallas Green Bay Alternate Calculations|
|Odds Method||Score Diff||Win Prob||Est. Point Spread|
|New 1 Year PPX Formula||-0.113||0.47||-0.8|
|Median Point Spread||0.47||0.62||3.5|
Using a 1 year formula, Dallas-GB would be too close to call. All other formulas favor Dallas. Medians would have given essentially the same odds as the two year PPX, had we chosen to honor a 3.8 point HFA, as is calculated for playoff teams. Both Pythagoreans and SRS give Dallas about a touchdown advantage.