It's time for the annual reckoning.
As a reminder, I post my predictions for the playoffs before the season starts each year - here's the link to the 2013 picks.
My overall weekly game picking results: 160-95 (of course we all missed out on that tie)
I was down this year, and was not good enough for Chef Spouse and I to place in his office pick 'em league, but I was equal to or better than several of the ESPN analysts, who are getting paid to do this.
On to my playoff picks:
I picked: Patriots
Actual winner: Patriots
I picked: Ravens
Actual winner: Bengals
To be fair, I did have the Bengals for wildcard and pointed out that I thought it was likely the two would swap.
I picked: Texans
Actual winner: Colts
I am not the only one who got fooled here, although again, I had the Colts for wildcard and thought the two might also flip.
I picked: Broncos
Actual winner: Broncos
I picked: see above, I had the Bengals (or Ravens) and Colts (or Texans)
Actual winners: Chiefs and Chargers
AFC West dominates (well, other than the Raiders, of course)! Clearly I should've had more faith in Andy Reid.
So, although my placements were a little screwed up, I picked 4 of the 6 teams
I picked: Redskins
Actual winner: EAGLES!
Totally not sorry to be wrong about this one, although I did know FOR SURE that there would be no Wildcard team from the East. Then again, EVERYONE knew that.
I picked: Packers
Actual winner: Packers
Although if you'd asked me how I felt about this pick in November, I would've been inclined to recant. Fortunately, that's not an option, ARodg came back, and all is as it should be in the NFC North.
I picked: Saints
Actual winner: Panthers
I did NOT see the Panthers coming this year. I knew Cam Newton would likely recover from his sophomore doldrums, but I never would have picked them to leap the Saints in a million years.
I picked: Seahawks
Actual winner: Seahawks
I picked: 49ers and Falcons
Actual winners: 49ers and Saints
So again, although the placements were a little screwed up, I had 4 of the 6 teams in the playoffs (8 or 12 all together) and when I haven't picked the Eagles to make the playoffs and they do, I'm always happy to be proved wrong!