Following the release of the Skins 2010 schedule last night, I received a text from a friend of mine who comments here under the name “omgwtfbbq.” All it read: “5-11.” He was obviously assuming that I, like him, had spent all evening pondering the Skins fate. To the contrary, I was eating sushi and watching Idol. (No, seriously. Team Bowersox, ya’ll.)
But the text did get me thinking about how this season will play out. So, let’s take this game-by-game and determine how the team will fair this season, without knowing who else they may acquire (not T.O.), or draft.
Week 1. Dallas, at home, Sunday night. We have to mark this in the “win” column. Because if they don’t win this game … nevermind. They’re going to win.
Week 2. Texans, at home. This’ll be a tough one, but Lil’ Shanahan knows Houston well having served as its O.C. Hopefully that, combined with the 12th MAN!!!! advantage, give the Skins a win. We’ll go with a cautious W.
Week 3. At Rams. Our newest D-lineman Carriker returns home to tee off on Sam Bradford. This has to be a win.
Week 4. At Eagles. It’s safe to assume the Eagles are taking a step back this season, and McNabb returning to Philly to beat the Eagles is too good to pass up. Yep, another win.
Week 5. Packers, at home. Another tricky one to predict, but right now, it’s hard to say Green Bay isn’t a better team than Washington. Skins are lucky to get them at home, but I’ll mark this as a loss.
Week 6. Colts, at home, Sunday night. Loss.
Week 7. At Bears. /Double checks to see if Jay Cutler is still Bears QB. //he is. ///win.
Week 8. At Lions. REVENGE GAME. Detroit is a team on the (slow) rise, but no way the Skins lose to them again. Right? Right.
Week 9. Bye
Week 10. Eagles, at home, Monday night. Skins coming off their bye week, and they’ll clearly be 6-2 at this point with loads of confidence. Another win against Philly here.
Week 11. At Titans. Should be another good one, but we’ll give Tennessee the win.
Week 12. Vikings, at home. You know, everyone keeps talking about how hard this schedule is, but at least the best teams the Skins play have to come to FedEx. Having said that, they aren’t better than Minnesota. Loss.
Week 13. At Giants. When in doubt about picking an NFC East game, go with the home team. Giants win.
Week 14. Bucs, at home. Nice, easy win after four really tough games.
Week 15. At Cowboys. See Week 13 explanation. Dallas can have one.
Week 16. At Jaguars. A non-conference road game sandwiched between two big NFC East games. Could be the dreaded “trap game” (which may, or may not, be a real thing). Still, Skins win.
Week 17. Giants, at home. If things play out anywhere close to what I’ve predicted here, this could be a massive game to end the season. For reasons explained before, Washington takes it.
FINAL RECORD: 10-6.
Yes, this is extremely optimistic. But for the first time in several years, I have high expectations for this team, which is always a dangerous thing.
Two other notes about their schedule: Last season’s overall record for opponents was 134-122 … The Skins have no west coast games; the furthest west they travel is Dallas.