Danny O'Neil covers the Seahawks for The Seattle Times.
January 2, 2009 4:38 PM
Posted by Danny O'Neil
This isn't just a time for resolutions, but also review. So with the regular-season concluded, it's worth taking a peek back at what I predicted would happen in our NFL preview section, which was published on Sept. 4, three days before the season began.
As always, the results are mixed. I correctly predicted only three of the eight division winners, but got eight of the 12 playoff entrants correct. I foresaw the Cowboys wouldn't end up in the playoffs, but the Saints didn't quite turn out to be the Super Bowl caliber team I predicted they would be.
Anyway, it's always entertaining. Here's my predictions compared to what actually happened:
|AFC East||New England||Miami|
|AFC West||San Diego||San Diego|
|AFC wild card||Tennessee||Indianapolis|
|AFC wild card||Houston||Baltimore|
|NFC South||New Orleans||Carolina|
|NFC East||Philadelphia||New York Giants|
|NFC wild card||Arizona||Atlanta|
|NFC wild card||Carolina||Philadelphia|
My Super Bowl prediction: the Colts, but I'm way less confident of that prediction now than I was back in September even though Indianapolis has won nine consecutive games, the longest winning streak of any team in the playoffs. I don't think Indianapolis either runs well enough nor stops the run sufficiently to get deep in the playoffs.
I also picked three teams that I saw on the rise: Houston, Carolina and Arizona. Two of those turned out OK, but my affection for the Texans proved to be misplaced especially since I thought their defense would be formidable. It was not.
My predictions on three teams on the downswing: Dallas, Cleveland and Minnesota. I got two out of three there, too, but the Vikings won 10 games and will host a playoff game.