Everytime we post about Fred Bowen’s predictions and report cards over at KidsPost, it is with the acknowledgement that Bowen is one tough critic. Last season he predicted the Redskins to finish 4-12. Of course, they went on to win the division with a 10-6 record, so perhaps this year’s prediction might be a bit more generous.
It is, but it’s not exactly clear by how much. Here’s Bowen:
The Redskins should put plenty of points on the board as long as Griffin stays healthy. But the team might give up lots of points, too. Washington will be fun to watch but will have to be lucky to improve on last year’s 10-6 record.
So basically, the prediction is “somewhere in the 0-10 wins range.”
Bowen wasn’t alone in his reluctance to place a number on the Redskins season. My favorite is this explanation, by Taylor Jones of FOX Sports:
“If I had to handicap it, I’m not sure they would be my favorite to defend their NFC East title, but this is a team that won seven in a row to close out the 2012 season and that is tough in any division. It wouldn’t surprise me if the Redskins won the division or came in dead last. It is that close.”
What’s the point in making a preseason prediction if you’re not really predicting anything?