The NFL draft is still more than a week away, but with the schedule out, it isn’t too early to make win-loss predictions for the 2014 season. In fact, this might be the best time to make predictions, because if you turn out to be completely wrong six months from now, nobody will remember what you thought back in April.
Unless you’re Redskins safety Ryan Clark. Or Denver Post columnist Woody Paige. Clark appeared on ESPN’s NFL schedule show last week and predicted the Redskins would go 16-0; Paige, an “Around the Horn” regular, predicted a 19-0 season for the Broncos. One of these predictions is more preposterous than the other.
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Players have made this sort of prediction before, of course. Ndamukong Suh talked about the Lions going 16-0 before they went 10-6 in 2011, and 10-6 sounds pretty good right now. How do others see the Redskins’ season playing out?
At 9.9 total expected wins, Washingtonpost.com users are less bullish about the Redskins’ chances this season than Clark. Most expect Washington will open the season 2-0, with 87 percent predicting the Redskins will beat Houston in the season opener and 94 percent predicting a win over Jacksonville in Week 2. There are some realists among the respondents, however. Only 13 percent of voters predict a Redskins win over Seattle in Week 5, and even fewer (9 percent) predict a win at San Francisco in Week 12.
Predicted record: 7-9. The Redskins have question marks: How will Jay Gruden fare as a first-time head coach? How much better will Robert GriffinIII be this season? But Griffin’s offseason has been good and he has more offensive weapons. Plus, the division is not strong. Defensively, the Redskins still face serious questions, but an improved pass rush should help, as will facing fewer elite quarterbacks.
Predicted record: 8-8. It’s difficult to try to predict the outcome of an NFL game 10 minutes before kickoff. It’s sheer folly to do it about four and a half months before game time. But that’s never stopped me before.
Predicted record: 10-6. I love how people are saying it’s “too early” to make a season prediction. They want to wait until the draft is over, or all free agents have landed, or until we get through at least some of the preseason. Come on guys!?!?! We knew less about John Beck when we made him quarterback. We’re the same people who started making playoff plans when the Redskins were 6-2 under Jim Zorn.