About this time last year, we discussed some bold predictions for the 2012 season. How'd that go? Not so hot, at least for me. I put forth as a "semi-bold" forecast that we'd win at least seven games. We rang in at five. I made a "bold" prediction that T-Rich would end the year with more than 1,400 total yards. That was wrong, but wasn't too far off: he had 1,317. My "extremely bold" prediction of Weeden leading the division in passing yards also was off the mark, although I'm pleased to say he had more than 100 more yards than Roethlisberger, at 3,385 on the season.
Other DBN regulars chimed in with their own bold predictions, most of which didn't go as hoped: Richardson didn't win rookie of the year, Jordan Norwood didn't become Weeden's favorite target, we didn't have 2,000 yards of rushing as a team (we only managed 1,593) and we didn't go 4-2 in the division. I think the most accurate prediction, overall, came from champion64:
Semi Bold: we win 4 games
Bold: Win win two division games
Extremely Bold: Coaching Staff and Front Office are back next year
Those first two were on target. We won five, including exactly two divisional games against the Bengals and Steelers. The last one, of course, not so much. But it's naturally going to be less likely for an appropriately bold prediction to come true when the team flounders as much as we did last year.
But last year was last year, and a lot has changed. What are your semi-bold, bold and extremely bold predictions for 2013? In the spirit of slightly more realistic expectations than usual in the hype-filled preseason, I'm going with:
Semi-bold: Our record improves compared to last year (i.e. at least six wins).
Bold: Trent Richardson proves his doubters wrong and has 1,200 yards of rushing and an injury-free season.
Extremely bold: We sweep the Steelers and the Ravens.