Halftime: Looking Back At Our Preseason NFL Predictions Halfway Through The 2013 NFL Season

10.30.13 4 years ago 26 Comments

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.

Previously: Hail Mary: 11 Long Shot Predictions For The 2013 NFL Season

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New Orleans Saints v Miami Dolphins

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.

Denver Broncos practice at Dove Valley

3. Peyton Manning Will Have The Best Statistical Season Of His Career

Yeah, nailed it.

Denver Broncos vs St

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.

NFC Championship - San Francisco 49ers v Atlanta Falcons

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.

Green Bay Packers vs Minnesota Vikings, 2013 NFC Wild Card Playoffs

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.

Miami Dolphins v Houston Texans

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.

Dallas Cowboys v Arizona Cardinals

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.

Wild Card Playoffs - Indianapolis Colts v Baltimore Ravens

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.

Oakland Raiders v Seattle Seahawks

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.

Kansas City Chiefs v Pittsburgh Steelers

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.

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