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.