Accountability – you can’t escape it. Not even in the world of fantasy football advice!
All season I have been throwing out my BOLD PREDICTIONS and I am sure you were probably thinking “so what? This jerk probably won’t hold himself accountable for making such amazingly bold predictions!”
Oh you’re wrong, football fan…you’re wrong! Let’s take a look back at 17 weeks’ worth of BOLD PREDICTIONS and see how we did! Thanks for reading this season! Enjoy the playoffs and we’ll see you again in September!
BOLD PREDICTIONS…HERE WE GO!!!!!!
Week 1 – THE BEARS WILL END THE SEASON ON THE CLOCK WITH THE WORST RECORD IN THE LEAGUE and even with the Jordy Nelson injury, THE PACKERS WILL WIN THE SUPER BOWL. We started the year with a double dose of predictions…neither of which will come to fruition. While the Bears gave a valiant effort for the #1 spot at times, they will be picking 11th. And seeing the way the Packers played in Carolina and Arizona this year, seems unlikely they’ll be in the Bay Area in February.
Week 2 – THE CARDINALS WILL OVERTAKE THE SEAHAWKS AND WIN THE NFC WEST. Nailed it! Keep in mind this was a prediction made all the way back in week 2. Pretty impressive if you ask me!
Week 3 – THE JETS WILL MAKE THE PLAYOFFS THIS SEASON. Oh so close! Even with all of their off-season turmoil the Jets remained in playoff contention until the last week of the season – thanks in most part to Brandon Marshall having a season that made Bear fans cry.
Week 4 – THE DOLPHINS WILL FINISH LAST IN THE AFC EAST. Nailed it! After making a big splash over the summer, the Dolphins were simply a disappointment.
Week 5 – THE FALCONS WILL WIN THE NFC SOUTH. Channeling my inner-Lloyd Christmas on this one – “The Falcons…I was WAY off!” Just amazing how fast Atlanta fell this year.
Week 6 – ARIAN FOSTER WILL HAVE OVER 250 TOTAL YARDS. 53 rushing yards and 59 receiving yards. Not a terrible game but not the promised 250 yards … or even halfway there.
Week 7 – CHARCANDRICK WEST WILL HAVE THE FIRST 100 YARDS RUSHING GAME OF HIS CAREER. Nailed it! 110 yards and a touchdown against a solid Steelers defense. West and backfield mate Spencer Ware replacing Jamaal Charles were a big reason the Chiefs decided to not lose a game from this point on.
Week 8 – if (Dez) Bryant plays, he will have over 100 yards receiving. Probably should have taken into account the possibility of slow-playing Bryant’s return. 2 catches for 12 yards – that’s what I get for putting faith into the Cowboys.
Week 9 – NOT ONLY WILL THE RAIDERS MAKE THE PLAYOFFS, BUT THEY WILL WIN A PLAYOFF GAME. At this point the Raiders were on a hot streak that made it seem like they had finally come over the hump into relevance…then they went on a stretch that reminded the league that they are still at least a year away.
Week 10 – THE JAGUARS WILL WIN THE AFC SOUTH. Same deal here. After years of insignificance in the league, the Jaguars seem to have young talent that they can build around for the future…key word being “future.”
Week 11 – IN HIS RETURN GAME, ROMO WILL PASS FOR AT LEAST 300 YARDS. Close, kind of, but no cigar. Romo managed 227 yards against the lowly Dolphins in this one. I swear I hear someone recently saying something about putting faith in the Cowboys.
Week 12 – CAM NEWTON WILL HAVE ANOTHER 4 TOUCHDOWN (PASS AND RUSH) GAME. Only one touchdown, rushing, for Cam in this Thanksgiving matchup. When you’re defense scores multiple touchdowns, on consecutive plays no less, you can take a bit of a break and still get the win.
Week 13 – THE PANTHERS WILL FINISH THE SEASON UNDEFEATED! Once again, SO close! Somehow the Falcons woke up from their season-long nap and handed the Panthers their first and only loss in week 16.
Week 14 – THE GIANTS WILL PUT UP AT LEAST 40 POINTS AGAINST THE DOLPHINS THIS WEEK. Once again, close but no cigar…and once again against the Dolphins. 31 points is a solid performance, but not the 40 that I thought.
Week 15 – THE REDSKINS WILL WIN THE NFC EAST. Nailed it! No other way to respond to hitting on this prediction other than a subtle “YOU LIKE THAT!?!?!?!?” from Kirk Cousins.
Week 16 – ANTONIO BROWN WILL HAVE ANOTHER 200 YARD RECEVING GAME. Only 61 yards? Well I shouldn’t be surprised; he wasn’t the only member of my fantasy team to fail me in the DrinkFive fantasy championship game! Editor's Note: Bwahaha!
Week 17 – DREW BREES WILL NOT BE THE STARTING QUARTERBACK FOR THE SAINTS IN WEEK 1 NEXT SEASON. Obviously can’t say whether this one is right or wrong yet. Keep an eye on it though – if a new coach is on the sidelines in the SuperDome, don’t be surprised if they want to set things up their way.