Super Bowl XLVIII: Forecasting Best Bets in 2014 NFL Playoffs

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Super Bowl XLVIII: Forecasting Best Bets in 2014 NFL Playoffs
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The 2013 NFL regular season is over, and the playoffs start on Saturday.

The 2013 NFL regular season has ended, and the playoff teams for the Wild Card Round and game times are set through January 19. Almost everyone has an opinion of how the first round will unfold.

Predictions of the full playoffs are much more difficult, however. Picking a team to win Super Bowl XLVIII that loses in the first round can destroy a bracket.

People who do not even follow the NCAA can fill out those brackets because they are set. Reseeding for the divisional round of the NFL playoffs makes that much more challenging. Even foreseeing a Wild Card winner this coming weekend can change the matchups and alter the rest of the playoff picture.

This makes things interesting for those who are willing to test their prediction skills. Predicted outcomes can be ranked from most to least likely; no team can be more likely to win a later game no matter the opposition because the team has to get there first.

The focus becomes on which team is likely to win each round more than how it matches up against its foe. With that in mind, here are the predicted winners for each round, starting with the most likely winner rather than in the order the games will take place.

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