The bad news? The regular season is just about halfway done. The good news? There’s still another half to stress yourself out over. The even better news? It’s time to see how we’re standing from the predictions we made a few weeks back.
Here’s a hint. We’re feeling pretty f*ckin’ amazing.
1. A Non-Playoff Team Will Make A Super Bowl Appearance
Full disclosure, David D. came up with this prediction as a way to say, “I think the Saints will make the Super Bowl” without sounding like a homer. Welp, Brees’ boys are 5-1. But they’re not the only non-playoff team from last year flourishing: The Chiefs are undefeated. The Cowboys are leading their division and the Chargers are playing pretty well, too. But really, this was made with the Saints in mind, so there.
2. Reggie Bush Will Be Top 5 In All Purpose Yards
We should have made some sort of qualifier about Bush staying healthy. As it stands, he’s 7th in all-purpose yards which is incredible seeing as how he’s missed two games. There’s still a shot.
3. Peyton Manning Will Have The Best Statistical Season Of His Career
Yeah, nailed it.
4. No player drafted in the first round wins ROY or makes the Pro Bowl
Names like DeAndre Hopkins, Barkevious Mingo, Kenny Vaccaro and Eric Reed are all viable first round picks making cases for top rookie. That said, know what Kiko Alonso, Keenan Allen, Geno Smith, Eddie Lacy, Terrance Williams and Jordan Reed all have in common? One, they weren’t drafted in the first round. And two, they’re either leading all rookies or in the top five of passing yards, rushing yards, tackles and interceptions.
5. Colin Kaepernick and Russell Wilson Have Sophomore Slumps
We probably could have expanded this to include just about every second-year quarterback. Russell Wilson has caught on in the last couple of weeks but Kaepernick hasn’t quite found his groove yet. “Slump” is relative, but they’ve each seen some performance dips.
6. Adrian Peterson Rushes For Fewer Than 1,400 Yards
Halfway through the season and All Day looks like he might be challenged to crack 1,000 yards. He’s got 500 yards through seven games, but with his quarterback situation as a total dumpster fire it looks like defenses are going to load up the box and dare the Vikings to throw.
7. DeAndre Hopkins Is The Best Rookie Wide Receiver, And Puts Up At Least 1,000 Total Yards For Houston
The only thing stopping this from happening is the quarterback situation in Houston. The Texans’ season falling apart could stand in the way of Hopkins’ goals of a thousand rookie yards.
8. Patrick Peterson/Tyrann Mathieu Will State Their Case For The League’s Most Exciting Defensive Back/Safety Duo
“Those two guys are really athletic, flying around-type of guys. They’re ball hawks. They have a knack for getting to the football. You have to always know where they are, but at the same time, not be afraid to attack them.”
Russell Wilson said that. So are Peterson and Honey Badger the most exciting duo at their positions? Well, it all depends on what a person deems exciting. But one thing’s for damn sure, they’re commanding respect.
9. T.Y. Hilton, The Breakout Wide Receiver
This may come true thanks to some pretty sad circumstances. After Reggie Wayne tore his ACL last week, T.Y. Hilton is going to be Andrew Luck’s top target. We may be right about this one, but we wish we weren’t.
10. Terrelle Pryor Will Have A Better Season Than Tim Tebow Ever Did…And ESPN Won’t Give A Damn
Terrelle Pryor is hilarious to watch. If his first option isn’t open, he’s running. Still, he’s putting up some decent stats for a crappy Raiders team and is by far more capable than Tim Tebow at quarterback…and ESPN doesn’t care.
11. Alex Smith/Andy Reid Union Will Force Broncos Fans To Sweat Bullets Until The Last Week Of The Season
Don’t look now, but there’s only one undefeated team left in the NFL and they’re your Kansas City Chiefs. With a cakewalk schedule for the next few weeks, their record looks like it’ll be pretty stellar. It’s incredible that the Broncos may end up a fifth seed in the AFC thanks to the Kool-Aid man and his boys.
And now, we hold a mirror up so we can take a look at your predictions…