Just finished copying, summarizing, etc., the predictions. A couple notes--
> If you didn't make a specific guess (e.g., you left open the number of wins, or said 'if "this" we're x-y, but if "that" we're a-b', etc.), I listed you as the lesser record (i.e., more conservative record).
> Only two predictions were for less than a .500 record.
> 10-6 is the most predicted record, followed by 11-5, then 12-4. Nobody went for a perfect 16-0 (thus saving the egos of the '72 Dolphins ;)), with one prediction of 15-1.
> One of our true oracles :D has predicted 11-4-1! I say that if there is a Ravens tie in the record in 2011, this one wins regardless of W-L's! ;)
> There were 75 predictions by my count, but one prediction was "One win better then the Yinzers". Not sure how to count this one. :229031_confused2:
> I'll post another thread requesting predictions after the conclusion of the last preseason game and before the opener with Pitt.
> If anyone believes I have misrepresented, miscounted or otherwise "mis"'d any predictions, please let me know.
Here are the summarized counts--
Predicted record/# of Predictions
Total - 74
I'd say that's a pretty optimistic perspective pre-preseason with all the discussion of needs for a backup QB, an O-line in question, uncertainty about the secondary, and a few other issues.
What jagoff predicted 0-16? They should be banned on principle!
Can I get that in a bell chart format?
Thanks for doing this Beau. It will be interesting to see if/how the predictions change after pre-season.
As an NFL Fan:
NFC West Conference = 4-0
AFC North Conference = 4-2
AFC South = 3-1
NYJ + SD = 1-1
Total = 12-4
As a Ravens Fan:
NFC West Conference = 4-0
AFC North Conference = 4-2
AFC South = 4-0
NYJ + SD = 2-0
Total = 14-2
I tried to stay as neutral as possible in this one. Do I think we will beat both NYJ and SD? Yes. We have a history of beating both of those teams on the road, and you guys know how well we play at home.
For Indy, I think this could be the year. Peyton is coming off a surgery and a lot of their great football minds (Tom Moore, Howard Mudd) have gone elsewhere. The Ravens pass rush and secondary have gotten a lot better since the two teams met. I expect a good fight. As for the rest of the AFC South, I expect Houston to put up a good fight similar to last year, but still lose in the end. Jag's and Titans have no hope against us.
NFC West is the NFC West. Should be no problem.
As for our division, the bengals should be the easiest team to beat. The browns got a little bit better, but still have a young Colt Mccoy at QB. Now the steelers. To make it as realistic as possible, I gave the steeler's the benefit of the doubt. However, I made our record 4-2 in the division which means those two losses could be seperate teams (Hopefully). Either way a total record of 13-3 is my guess after averaging the two. A very good record that could land us a home playoff spot.
Welp, notwithstanding Ozzie's reticence in calling me back with his TV viewing habits, I took "unless Ozzie stops watching re-runs of the "The Real Housewives of Orange County" and actually starts doing his job, I would say 0 - 16" as an 0-16 prediction!:187734:
[Note: No names were changed to protect the innocent...:jester:]
I woulda thunk youlda wanted a ---oh, man, this is sooooo bad! -- py chart!:bag: ;)
Ce n'est pas grave, mon ami, and I completely agree with the question of perspectives changing after preseason is done, the roster is finalized, injuries are counted up (hopefully a non-issue), and so forth. When I was reading a lot of the threads about a month ago, it felt like the Ravens would be lucky to score a touchdown, much less win a game - no FB, no backup QB, no WR experience besides Boldin, no TEs that can block or catch, no RTs....yeeee-oowwwwww!
After 3 more games, let's see if the temp has changed.
if we get a decent rt
10-6 if we don't
Steelers Sweep us
Colts destroy us as usual
San Diego Beats us, People forget(or just never cared to look up the facts) but, the chargers had the number one total offense and defense of the regular season last year.
Houston Wrecks our secondary again, this time we don't get so lucky
Rams, every year we manage to lose to a team we are better than this year its the Rams. Last year it was the Bengal's the year before that it was the Patriots, the year before that it was Titans and so on.
12 - 4
The change from Mattison to Pagano is a significant improvement. It is only exhibition, but the Ravens' defense looks like the Ravens' defense again. Offensively, Mason was a very good player, but his absence will be addition by subtraction. The OL was not good last year, defense had only 27 sacks, and the team was still 12 - 4. There does not appear to be any area of this team that is not at least as good as LY (maybe loss of Heap), and several areas that are clearly improved.
Bumping it up a game to 11-5 since previous thread.
Like the changes, hope they have time to take effect.
I am still in it!!
second seed in afc
Not to piss on your parade, mon ami, but you're about 12 weeks late and the same dozen predictions short! ;)
It's all good, especially since the playoffs are in sight! I'd rather be wrong about the record, and then win Silver Betty! ;)