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Nate Silver uses expertise to predict Seahawks loss against Jets

The Seahawks may not be celebrating at CenturyLink Field on Sunday if Nate Silver's predictions are correct. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

The day after election day, many were left singing the praises, or lamenting the accuracy of numbers geek and probable witch Nate Silver. Now he's trying his hand at football.

On the New York Times' 538 blog, Silver accurately predicted how each state would sway in the presidential vote. His other predictions were accurate too, save a North Dakota Senate race.

Silver is now out promoting his book, "The Signal and the Noise" and tackling the National Football League.

RotoExperts asked Silver to take a try at predicting all 14 NFL games this week. What math he used to predict the games is unclear (he used polling data for his political predictions.) He is, however, going against Seattle fans, and estimates the Jets will pull out a win at CenturyLink Field on Sunday.

Silver's prediction goes against the instincts of 710 ESPN Seattle's Jim Moore, who said the Seahawks don't have a reason to fear the Jets in the match-up.

A Jets win isn't the only upset predicted by Silver. He also said New Orleans will win over an undefeated Atlanta and Tampa Bay will win over San Diego.

MyNorthwest.com's Michael Simeona contributed to this report.

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Alyssa Kleven is an editor and content producer at MyNorthwest.com. She enjoys doting over her adorable dachshund Winnie - named for Arcade Fire front-man Win Butler.

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