With the season in the books, lets take a quick look back at where I was right and where I went wrong with my preseason picks.
Preseason Prediction Actual Finish
- New England Patriots (12-4) 1) New England Patriots (12-4)
- Miami Dolphins (9-7) 2) New York Jets (8-8)
- Buffalo Bills (5-11) 3) Miami Dolphins (8-8)
- New York Jets (3-13) 4) Buffalo Bills (6-10)
Where I was Right: Patriots, Dolphins and Bills. The Patriots were not a very good team in 2013 and in most divisions they would have had 10 wins at best, but the talking heads yapping about how the “gap in the east is closing” are simply not very bright.
Think about it: Brady vs Tannehill, Smith and Manuel – it is nothing other than laughable. I didn’t know how the Patriots would pull 12 wins out of their hat, I just knew that Brady and Belichick likely would. It wasn’t pretty, but it worked.
As far as the Dolphins, I didn’t buy into the hype around the Dolphins. One thing I have learned about the NFL is to take the team that “wins” the offseason free agency battle…and immediately count them out. Building a team around guys looking to bolt for the biggest paycheck never works.
As for the Bills, they were right about where I thought they would be – granted, I thought they would do it with Kolb and Spiller not Manuel/Lewis and Jackson, but they ended about where I thought their talent should land them.
Where I was Wrong: Jets. I have to think I am with many others on this one. I am still not sure how the Jets pulled 8 wins out, but give Rex credit. The problem for the Jets is they actually did themselves a disservice getting to 8 wins.
Geno Smith is not the answer at quarterback, nor do I think Rex is the answer at coach, but the 8-8 record will result in both keeping their jobs, thereby setting the franchise back a few more years.