Precipitating the Prediction
Week 1 | Sunday, Sept. 9 | vs. San Francisco 49ers | W ~ 31 - 17 Week 2 | Sunday, Sept. 16 | at Green Bay Packers | L ~ 27 - 28 Week 3 | Sunday, Sept. 23 | vs. Buffalo Bills | W ~ 35 - 14 Week 4 | Thursday, Sept. 27 | at Los Angeles Rams | W ~ 24 - 21 Week 5 | Sunday, Oct. 7 | at Philadelphia Eagles | L ~ 32 - 35 Week 6 | Sunday, Oct. 14 | vs. Arizona Cardinals | W ~ 41 - 10 Week 7 | Sunday, Oct. 21 | at New York Jets | W ~ 21 - 7 Week 8 | Sunday, Oct. 28 | vs. New Orleans Saints | L ~ 24 - 31 Week 9 | Sunday, Nov. 4 | vs. Detroit Lions | W ~ 31 - 21 Week 10 | BYE WEEK Week 11| Sunday, Nov. 18 | at Chicago Bears | W ~ 28 - 17 Week 12 | Sunday, Nov. 25 | vs. Green Bay Packers | W ~ 35 - 28 Week 13 | Sunday, Dec. 2 | at New England Patriots | L ~ 24 - 35 Week 14 | Monday, Dec. 10 | at Seattle Seahawks | W ~ 27 - 24 Week 15 | Sunday, Dec. 16 | vs. Miami Dolphins | W ~ 38 - 17 Week 16 | Sunday, Dec. 23 | at Detroit Lions | L ~ 14 - 21 Week 17 | Sunday, Dec. 30 | vs. Chicago Bears | W ~ 31 - 7
As I was going through the schedule there were only two matches that I considered to be likely losses - New England and New Orleans.
I can't be sure of it but maybe it's just because they're from places that claim to be new.
Maybe the Vikings will shock the world and go 16 - 0 but I wouldn't bet on it.
Likewise, as nice as a 14 - 2 season would be, I think there will be some downs as the team gels with it's new starters. I think that those hiccups will bring them to a 11 - 5 finish. But then I had to think where another three losses could come from.
Of the three that I opted for, two make me sick just thinking about, Philly and Green Bay. The Lions loss is just meant to represent the annual head-scratcher that every team suffers. Maybe the Rams will get em, maybe the 9ers...again. It's a shot in the dark this far in advance, but however the week by week results go, I'm sticking with an 11 - 5.
And if I'm wrong, if they go 14 - 2, GREAT! I'll take being wrong all day if the season goes that well! ALL DAY!!
So there it is. A season prediction within an hour of the schedule getting released.
What say you??