In this case, it looks like the raw scores I came up with by adding up the card values were the most accurate: the projected 36-14 best-case win for the Philadelphia Eagles over the Minnesota Vikings was not far removed from the actual 38-7 final score. (The Eagles did in fact “run away with it” as I postulated, although I thought it unlikely.)
The numerologically adjusted scoring projections were not even close. The Eagles pretty much had their way from the beginning; the Sun in the 1st Quarter was certainly prophetic. The Vikings never got anything going, and their vaunted momentum didn’t materialize. The lesson learned is that, unless the roll-up of the quarterly card values is completely unreasonable, the best answer may come from sticking with it.