And we’re back! Here are our crackerjack staff’s completely scientific predictions for Sunday’s season opener. Make yours down in the comments. Whichever reader is closest to the actual outcome wins a guest post on this here weblog.
Jack Kogod: Redskins, 27-24
Just enough hope to get us through to the next week.
Matt Terl: Texans, 27-17
The Houston defense annihilates the right side of the Washington offensive line. As a result, RG3 looks terrible. As a result of THAT, we get a week of talk radio apocalypse as everyone with a phone inexplicably demands a switch to Kirk Cousins. SO GLAD FOOTBALL IS BACK, YOU GUYS!
JP Finlay: Texans, 20-16
This will be close to the number (Hou -3). Skins move the ball but can’t score TDs. Texans score on a sack strip fumble return. Keenan Robinson with 10+ tackles.
Alfred > Arian
DeSean > Pierre
Clowney > Polumbus
Chris Mottram: Texans, 23-13
Why would I have any reason to believe Washington can go on the road and win with their shitty offensive line against the likes of J.J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney? Let’s just hope RGIII makes it out with all his limbs intact.
Andy Peden: Redskins, 24-16
Gruden busts out just enough read option and rollouts for RGIII to be comfortable away from the pocket.
Todd Davis: Redskins, 17-16
Somehow they pull this out, but the offense continues to look awful. No major gaffes on specials will help.
Jamie Mottram: Redskins, 23-17
Who’s got two thumbs and is fired up for Jay Gruden’s debut?! Yeah, everyone, I suppose. That’s the kind of enthusiasm you get coming off of a three-win season when the hope is a .500 record and healthy QB. Good thing is, Houston is coming off of a two-win season, which is to say we have a chance.
Composite prediction: Texans, 21-20