Before the 2012 NFL season, most everyone expected the Redskins to be mediocre. They turned out to be great.
Before the 2013 NFL season, most everyone expected the Redskins to be above average. They turned out to be stinky.
So a lot of people have made terrible Redskins predictions the past two seasons, present company included. But few made predictions quite as terrible as ESPN The Magazine.
In 2012, the Magazine’s game-by-game forecasts — provided by AccuScore — had the Redskins going 2-14. That wound up just eight games off from their 10-6 mark.
In 2013, the Magazine’s game-by-game forecasts — provided by Pro Football Focus — had the Redskins going 10-6. That wound up just seven games off from their 3-13 mark. Also, The Magazine predicted a 41-0 romp in the Week One matchup with Philadelphia. Instead, the Redskins fell behind by 26 and never really threatened.
In other words, the Magazine’s official forecasts over the past two years have been miserable, almost exactly the opposite of real life.
Which brings us to this year’s forecast. The Magazine sees a 1-4 start — punctuated by four blowouts and a 29-point loss to Seattle — a 1-5 divisional record, and a final record of 7-9.
So … expect the opposite?