Paula Pasche’s prediction prowess tops DFM’s NFL picks

Readers of Michigan’s Digital First Media newspapers have known for years that they could count on reporter Paula Pasche for in-depth and timely coverage of the Detroit Lions.

In addition to her reporting, blogging and tweeting for news outlets including The Oakland Press, Pasche has authored a book on the Lions, “100 Things Lions Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die.”

Now readers across the entire Digital First Media landscape know her for her NFL prediction powers as well.

Paula Pasche

Paula Pasche

Pasche and five other writers put their reputations on the line each week this season, predicting the outcomes of each NFL game in our NFL Experts’ Picks feature. Pasche surged to the front early in the 17-week season, going 12-4 in Week One, and was never overtaken in her wire-to-wire victory.

Pasche finished with a record of 172-83 (.675), beating out George O’Gorman of the Trentonian (170-85, .667) by two correct picks.

For comparison, Pasche would have beaten 12 of the 13 experts on ESPN’s panel, with only Ron Jaworski (174-81, .682) managing a record better than Pasche. She also would have beaten all eight of the human experts at CBSSports.com, and tied for first among the eight experts at USATODAY.com.

“My ‘secret formula’ involved looking at the spread, the home team, and then going mostly with my gut. And, of course, a lot of luck,” Pasche said.

All six of the DFM writers also contributed a “Lock of the Week” in Tout video form, with Pasche relying on her magic apple tree as inspiration for many of her sure-fire bets.

Our other four prognosticators were Mark Purdy of the San Jose Mercury News, Bob Grotz of the Delaware County Daily Times, Jeff Schudel of the northern Ohio News-Herald and Dave Pevear of the Lowell Sun.

The predictions app was designed by Nelson Hsu, built by Vaughn Hagerty and Sarah Glen, and managed by Matt Walks at Thunderdome.

With the regular season having concluded, our experts have kindly agreed to continue making their picks through the postseason, so watch for their playoff and Super Bowl predictions on a DFM site near you.

Gary Kicinski

By Gary Kicinski

Over the past 14 years, Gary Kicinski has held the top digital sports position at the nation's two largest newspaper companies.

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