Now, nothing that happens in the preseason will impact the NFC East race, necessarily, but Grossman did about as much as he could to silence the laughing, going 19-for-26 for 207 yards and no turnovers against one of the NFL’s best defenses.

After the game, Comcast SportsNet’s Kelli Johnson — who elicited Grossman’s bold comments on Tuesday — chatted again with the quarterback.

After pointing out that Grossman “created a firestorm” and that “everybody went crazy,” Johnson asked Grossman if he was surprised at the reaction from his prediction.

“Yeah, I was,” Grossman said. “I don’t even remember actually even saying it to you. I just have a lot of confidence in this team, from top to bottom. I know our defense is gonna be better, everyone’s in the second year in this offense, everybody looked pretty good tonight. So the proof is in the pudding. We’ve got to go out there and prove it. And I really didn’t mean to make some bold statement. I just have a lot of confidence in our team.”

“Well hey, if you don’t believe it, who’s gonna believe it, right?” Johnson asked. “I mean, you’re supposed to speak like that; you’re the starting quarterback right now.”

“Right, I think everybody believes it,” Grossman said. “Everybody has a quiet confidence about themselves right now that we could do something special. And I’m not gonna say anything else any more. I just wanted to get that across to you, that everybody feels good about our team.”