In November's presidential election, Nate Silver correctly predicted the winner in all 50 states. The savvy statistician was also right on the money as to what percentage of the vote President Obama would receive (51 percent), as well as the precise number of electoral votes Obama would garner (332).
Yes sir, Silver is one prolific prognosticator, and that's why Seahawks fans will be heartened to know that the 34-year-old wunderkind is betting (in a figurative sense, of course) that the Hawks are Super Bowl bound. Who needs a 12th Man when you have Nate in your corner?
And guess who he is picking as their opponent?The New England Patriots.
That's right, the team the Hawks shocked back in October, squeezing out a 24-23 victory at The Link with two fourth-quarter TDs.
Silver, whose FiveThirtyEight blog is a must-read for all political junkies, says the Denver Broncos are probably the second best team in the NFL, but right
now the Seahawks are the class of the NFC.
"San Francisco obviously also played very well for much of the year," Silver told ESPN, "but in terms of the balance overall between offensive and defensive play, Seattle had that best balance throughout the year and really, again, in the second half were blowing people out by 50-7 scores and so forth. So they had the best stats from the regular season.
"Again, you can worry about, will teams adjust to them, will Russell Wilson be a guy that won't surprise people as much in the playoffs now? But I think, if you have to pick one team in the NFC, I'm still comfortable with the Seahawks."
Football Outsiders, though, gives the Hawks just a 30 percent chance of making it to the Super Bowl, the lowest chance of the remaining four playoff teams.
Yeah, we'll see about that.
Our gold is on Silver.