And we’re back! No, I don’t know why either. But if Kirk Cousins is better than he’s been, the O-line comes together, some of these new defenders pan out, the special teams isn’t a total disaster and you squint real hard … the Skins could win seven games.
Anyway, as ever, these are our crackerjack staff’s predictions for Week 1. Make yours down in the comments. Whoever comes closest gets to make a guest post on this here weblog.
Matt Terl: Redskins, 35-30
The Nationals collapse + the new starting quarterback + the end of an offseason of lunatic drama = time to build hope in fans who believe they are already emotionally dead. The team needs to build us up again so they can crush us anew.
Chris Mottram: Redskins, 27-13
The Redskins are going to put on a dominating performance and Kirk Cousins is going to look like Aaron Rodgers just so we can all go through the pain of fans getting excited before the team realizes it sucks. Go Panthers.
JP Finlay: Dolphins, 23-20
Kirk looks good against depleted Miami secondary, but no run game. Fins O able to move the ball and get a late field goal for the win, but not the cover.
Jamie Mottram: Dolphins, 23-21
My neighbor Fernando is an honest-to-goodness Dolphins fan. He even buried a Tannehill jersey under his house, which will be an odd discovery for some future-generation Wilmingtonian.
We got to talking around the pool the other day, and he thinks Miami is all hat, no cattle. He also thinks Kirk Cousins is going to be pretty good. Kirk Cousins has that effect on people.
Andy Peden: Dolphins, 23-12
It’s Week 1 and I’m already thinking of how this gets worse. I’m going with Cousins gets hurt and RGIII comes in and gets severely hurt thus guaranteeing the $16M next year.
Todd Davis: Redskins, 28-27
I’m kind of with Terl on this one and I’m just going to enjoy the one week I get to go out to my local watering hole with my fellow Washington fans in my Monk jersey with a modicum of excitement. The games always have the potential to wipe away the garbage (see every JMU offseason where they remain in the Crumbling Athletic Association) and make us buy in. Again. All in for Week 2, baby!
Jack Kogod: Dolphins, 31-24
My cousin’s husband recently asked me what kind of stats Ryan Tannehill would put up in Week 1. I asked who the Dolphins were playing. Which is to say, I no longer actively follow the local footballing squadron.
But since I’m on this list … Tannehill goes for 285, 3/1 with 25 rushing yards as an added bonus.
Composite prediction: Dolphins, 24.3-23.9