Checking My Preseason Predictions

Way back in early September, I put on my psychic cap and attempted to forecast how the 2009 season would shake out. You can read the post here. (I also included a highlight package from the 2008 playoff run. So, if you want to reminisce what it feels like to beat Dallas and win a playoff game or two, enjoy.)

How did I do with my predictions? Not too shabby, if I do say so myself. Take a look.

Record: 11-5. They will win the division. Who finishes second? I’m going with the ‘Boys.

I nailed the record, missed on the division, but was correct about Dallas being the closest competitor.

Pro Bowlers on offense: McNabb, Weaver and Peters (I think he rebounds after a sluggish preseason). DeSean will be a first alternate.

Four for four, sorta. Weaver and Peters are starters. Don will likely suit up because he’s first alternate. DeSean is a starting wideout and kick returner.

Pro Bowlers on defense: Samuel, Mikell, Bunkley and Trent Cole. Trent will notch 14+ sacks.

I’ll take 50%. Bunk is like a second alternate, I think. Swing and a miss on Q, though. Trent was close with 12.5 sacks.

What about Westbrook? It will take him a few games to round into shape, but once he does, he’ll remind us of his brilliant playmaking ability. Then he’ll get hurt and miss a couple games. By then, Shady will be fully acclimated into the system and offer us a glimpse of the star he will one day become.

Well, Westy never did remind us of yesteryear, but he did get hurt again. I say I nailed the assessment of Shady. He will be the featured back in ’10 and looks to have a promising future.

Then there’s the defense: Since McDermott is working with a short deck, so there will be ugly performances. You know, the ones when they allow long touchdowns and appear lost. That being said, I think they will force enough turnovers to remain feared. Look for Chris Clemons and Macho Harris to be responsible for a few big plays each.

Ugly? Check. Long TDs and lost? Check. Lots of turnovers. Check. Clemons and Macho? Way off.

The Vick factor: He will help win two games. The rest of the time he will be painfully average.

He helped win in Atlanta and second Giants game. Other than that, he was painfully average. I rule.

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