Over at CBS Sportsline, Pete Prisco walks through EVERY GAME on the NFL calendar and makes a prediction as to who will win. (At the very least, you have to admire that kind of OCDish dedication to the NFL.) At the end, he adds them up and the Vikings end up 4-12 - including an eight-game losing streak to start the season. Anyone care to walk through those Vikings losses and reset their expectations?
Vikings Will Go ...... 4-12?
Posted 28 August 2014 - 11:38 AM
He certainly doesn't seem to think much of Turner's new offense. 3 points at home verses a poor New England D? 7 vs the Saints?
Guess we all should have been happy with Musgrave!
These predictions are all fun, but they never lead to many upset picks despite the fact that there usually are several each week. In his mind (and every other prognosticator) Subpar teams will only win games against subpar opponents but generally only at home. Good teams will only lose to other good teams, but only on the road.
This of course leads to predicted records that are almost entirely drawn down the home/road and good opponent/bad opponent graph.
Posted 28 August 2014 - 11:52 AM
ESPN the Magazine had the same final record for the Vikings. Of course, on 9/28 they had the Vikings playing the Vikings (instead of Atlanta) and winning--for one of those four wins. Well, the Vikings have certainly beaten themselves in the past. ; )
But I don't think that will happen much this year. They are going to have a varied and exciting offense with an improved defense that will be afraid to return to the sidelines if they are making mistakes or not playing hard.
Wins will come over the Rams, Falcons, at least two wins out of three home games with Lions, Packers and Bears, wins over the Bills, Washington, Jets and Panthers. They will have 7 or 8 wins in my estimation.
Posted 28 August 2014 - 01:02 PM
I have a tough time believing they will be worse than last year. The offense was a hair above average and the defense was aweful... to put it nicely. They got some nice names on defense in FA/draft and have a coach known for it. The offense won't be worse than last year, and could be much better if Patterson takes a step forward.