Sunday, January 20, 2019

Predictions for Today (Football)

Reading the expert opinions on likely outcomes for today's games leads me to solidify my conclusion that this nation's water, or perhaps air, has something in it that causes a massive die-off of brain cells. Sports writers have become even more stupid than political writers.

One pundit was predicting outcomes based on the records of the teams over the past ten years, which includes statistics from periods when many of today's players were not yet in the NFL, let alone with the teams they currently play for. Only one of the head coaches has been in place for that long, and one of them is only in his second year.

To be reasonably fair, most are evaluating the teams' performance this year, but what does that actually tell us about how they will play today? So the Chiefs scored 40 points against the Broncos, and the Patriots scored 48 points against the Chargers; does that mean that today's game will be 40-48 in favor of the Patriots? Get a grip.

I remember all of the pundits who were predicting that Patriots/Chargers would be a close game based on the way that the way the Chargers beat the Ravens the previous week. Some even picked the chargers to win based on the win over the Ravens. And then the Patriots led the Chargers by 35-7 at halftime in a game that was not as close as the score made it look.

My prediction? I don't know what's going to happen, but I'm looking forward to watching it. I may be badly disappointed and watch one, or even two, blowouts. Those talking heads on the television have no better idea than I do.

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