Who is Going to Win the Super Bowl? Orchard Predicts the Winner Between the Patriots & Eagles

For the past several years Orchard, the digital marketplace that connects institutional money with online lenders, has predicted the outcome of the Super Bowl. The Fintech firm uses lending data as the basis for their predictions – specifically Loan Volume, Borrower Characteristics, Vintage Characteristics, and Loan Performance of borrowers in their respective media markets. In this years analysis, Orchard compares the two metropolitan markets using Lending Club loans originated from 2010 through September 2017.

So how accurate has Orchard been in the past few years. Well, pretty good if you don’t count 2017 when the Patriots delivered one of the most incredible comebacks in Super Bowl history as the Atlanta Falcons somehow managed to squander a 28 – 3 lead. You gotta wonder. So can Orchard redeem itself this year? Can online lending data be used to accurately predict the outcome of a Super Bowl? We will know soon enough.

So below is a synapsis of team Orchards expectations for this years Champion of Super Bowl LII: The Philadelphia Eagles vs. the New England Patriots.

Loan Origination Volume

As we see from the data points, although the ratio of loans originated in Greater Boston to Greater Philadelphia has neared closer to 1 each year since 2010, the Patriots maintain the edge here originating 1.32x Eagles originations.

Origination Year New England Patriots Philadelphia Eagles Patriots to Eagles Ratio
2010 1,441,700 647,875 2.23
2011 2,284,150 993,675 2.30
2012 4,960,950 2,325,525 2.13
2013 10,757,375 6,671,625 1.61
2014 17,104,250 11,845,275 1.44
2015 32,116,650 22,843,350 1.41
2016 28,855,800 20,941,200 1.38
2017 21,812,600 16,572,175 1.32


Vintage Loan Borrower Characteristics (2017)

n 2017, borrowers from Greater Boston had better overall borrower characteristics than that of the Greater Philadelphia area. We see that with the exception of Annual Income (by a slight margin), the Patriots have more favorable stats in each of the categories listed. Higher FICO, lower Average Interest Rate, lower Average Debt-to-income, and a lower Revolving Credit Utilization.

Borrower Statistics New England Patriots Philadelphia Eagles
Annual Income $82,055.78 $83,624.83
Average FICO Score 703.74 702.58
Average Debt-to-income 16.78% 19.22%
Revolving Credit Utilization 48.96% 50.89%

A significantly larger percentage of borrowers in the Greater Philadelphia area own their home (the majority having mortgages) as compared to the Greater Boston area where we find most borrowers are renters.

Homeowner Statistics New England Patriots Philadelphia Eagles
Own 24.22% 52.09%
Rent 69.37% 36.29%
Own – No Mortgage 6.41% 11.62%


Vintage Loan Characteristics (2015-2017)

Borrowers in both Greater Philadelphia and Greater Boston had similar sized loans, with Philadelphians borrowing $729 more dollars on average. Interest rates for those loans in Philadelphia were slightly higher as well (18 bps), while the distribution of terms and types were fairly consistent, as were the loan purposes.

Borrower Statistics New England Patriots Philadelphia Eagles
Average Loan Amount $14,656.39 $15,385.52
Average Interest Rate 13.31% 13.49%
Average Term (Months) 43.67 45.53

*please note, all average  stats are weighted by original loan amount

Loan Type Statistics New England Patriots Philadelphia Eagles
Whole 75.78% 78.59%
Fractional 24.22% 21.41%
Loan Purpose Category New England Patriots Philadelphia Eagles
Debt Consolidation 79.36% 76.86%
Other 6.86% 6.73%
Home Improvement 4.84% 8.56%
Major Purchase 2.68% 2.04%
Vehicle 1.42% 1.12%
Moving 1.19% 0.71%
Small Business 1.19% 1.22%
Medical 0.97% 1.63%
Vacation 0.82% 0.71%
Household 0.60% 0.41%
Renewable / Green Loans 0.07%

Loan Purpose Super Bowl

As we inspect the data below, we see the distribution of loans by grade, “A” assigning the lowest risk level to “G” assigning the highest. We see that the Patriot’s have a slightly more favorable distribution of higher quality loans with over 51.1% in grades A & B compared to Philadelphia’s 47.8%.

Loan Purpose Super Bowl

Grade New England Patriots Philadelphia Eagles
A 20.34% 18.86%
B 30.85% 28.95%
C 32.79% 35.27%
D 9.17% 10.19%
E 4.40% 4.08%
F 1.64% 1.94%
G 0.82% 0.71%


 2016 Loan Performance

For performance, we have isolated Monthly Return, Cumulative Return, Charge-Off Rate, and Recovery Rate. As seen in the graphic below the shape of the trends we are analyzing for performance are relatively similar between the two teams.

However, as we delve deeper into the figures, we see that the Patriots, due to a lower charge-off rate, have a more favorable return profile.

Annualized Return by Team

Return Metrics New England Patriots Philadelphia Eagles
Weighted Average Interest Rate 13.31% 13.49%
Cumulative Charge-Off Rate 6.91% 7.27%

Net Annualized Return (shown quarterly)

Date Patriots Eagles Win / Loss
1/1/16 8.60% 11.03% Eagles
4/1/16 6.74% 7.68% Eagles
7/1/16 5.26% 4.94% Patriots
10/1/16 2.25% -0.22% Patriots
1/1/17 0.62% -0.05% Patriots
4/1/17 -2.22% 1.39% Eagles
7/1/17 0.98% -0.64% Patriots
10/1/17 -2.08% -12.81% Patriots



TEAM Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4


So it looks like Tom Brady and the New England Patriots have the edge!

Who is Going to Win the Super Bowl? Orchard Predicts the Winner Between the Patriots & Eagles

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