It's time for my annual Walk of Shame post, where I look back at my pre-season playoff predictions and take my licks in public.
Here we go: get your snark ready for the comments.
I picked: Jets
Actual winner: Patriots
To be fair, I did say that the Pats would be playoff team, at wildcard, or that they could swap with the Jets for the division. I have no excuse for why I picked the Jets to get anywhere near the playoffs. I wasn't alone, though, so maybe it was a mass hallucination that the team was any good?
I picked: Ravens
Actual winner: Ravens
I picked: Texans
Actual winner: Texans
The Snark is on a roll!
I picked: Chargers
Actual winner: Broncos
Three 8-8 teams out there. Ouch.
I picked: Pats and Steelers
Actual winners: Steelers and Bengals
Did ANYONE see the Bengals coming? Anyone? Bueller?
So for the AFC, I'm at .500 on my divisional winner, and I had 4 of the 6 teams called, although not all the positioning was correct. Not bad.
On to the NFC...
I had: Eagles
Actual winner: Giants
At least it wasn't the damn Cowboys.
I picked: Packers
Actual winner: Packers
Hey! I got one!
I picked: Falcons
Actual winner: Saints
Much like in the AFC East, I did have the Saints in the playoffs, and I noted that I thought they could swap with the Falcons. So not totally wrong - but not totally right, either.
I picked: Cardinals
Actual winner: 49ers
I though the Kevin Kolb to Fitz hookup was going to be magic. Apparently, I was wrong. Then again, who knew that all Alex Smith needed was a decent coach and a good kicker?
I picked: Saints and Vikings
Actual winners: Falcons and Lions
I did have the Lions as this year's Team of Destiny. They were just moving a little faster than I thought. And what can I say about the Vikings? I guess I have to accept that McNabb really is done. Sad way for a great player to go out. And before you get started, yes, I know he wasn't a perfect player. Then again, no one is, except maybe Aaron Rodgers. But he gave Eagles fans a decade of exciting football, and I've been a fan long enough to appreciate that, even if many haven't.
So how'd I do? I called a pathetic 1 of 4 divisions right, but I did get 3 of the 6 teams in the hunt correct, although again, with some positioning out of order.
So the total is 7 of the 12 teams I picked made it to the postseason, for an overall record of .583. Ouch. With that percentage, if I were a head coach, I'd fire me.
On weekly picks, I definitely did better. Of the 256 games played in the regular season, I picked 164 correct, for a .640 average.
How'd you do?