05-27-2014, 12:43 PM #1
A "Glass is Half Full" look at our schedule
1 W SEP 7 AT RAMS If Bradford is not the answer, we win
2 W SEP 14 PATRIOTS Zimmer beat the Pats last year with the Bengals
3 L SEP 21 AT SAINTS This is probably a loss
4 W SEP 28 FALCONS Who knows WHICH Falcons team will show?
5 L OCT 2 AT PACKERS We almost never win at Lambeau
6 W OCT 12 LIONS I'm just going straight splits with Division
7 W OCT 19 AT BILLS Watkins will matter NEXT year
8 W OCT 26 AT BUCS Until Lovie shows he has turned them around..
9 L NOV 2 REDSKINS The 'skins MIGHT be the team to beat...
11 L NOV 16 AT BEARS At Soldiers field, loss here
12 W NOV 23 PACKERS At home, we should do well
13 W NOV 30 PANTHERS Cam has no one to throw to
14 W DEC 7 JETS This team will be due for another scandal
15 L DEC 14 AT LIONS loss
16 W DEC 21 AT DOLPHINS No OL until shown otherwise
17 W DEC 28 BEARS Revenge!
This is the "Drink the Kool Aid with Rose-Colored Glasses On" outlook for our team. If you accept Zimmer and company will make our team much much better, this is a very possible outcome.
No one expected Carolina to beat the Saints in their division rivalry last year, nor did they expect the Chiefs to do so well; you never can tell when a team turns it around until they have already turned it around.
With so much pessimism over the first 5-6 games of the season, I thought one of us optimists should weight in...
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05-27-2014, 02:26 PM #2Rookie
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Maybe its just me, my purple colored glasses. I see us really surprising a lot of teams early on this coming season. In my view we have a good amount of talent on this roster, better than our 5-10-1 record indicated. I see our defense being pretty nasty. Look at the athletes on defensive side of ball. Barr and Everson lining up on same side of defense and Linval clogging up the middle. Robison with his great motor, will be a player Zimmer likes. Our DBs will look way better under more aggressive scheme. Don't really think our DBs were ideal cover 2 corners and safeties with exception of Smith, who would be good in any system. Really wouldn't be surprised to see our D end up in top 10.
Our offense will also be more explosive. Norv has got to be drooling with having toys like AP, CP, Kyle, Jennings, compared to what he walked into last year as OC in Cleveland. This is Wrights year to prove he is an NFL receiver, if hes ever gonna flourish it will be under Norvs offense. If he cant than he never will. Good offensive line, think last year was a fluke. Charlie doesn't need to be starting at G anymore, other than him we are solid. In steps Yankey, or Baca.
So all in all I see us going from a worst to first possibly. But as I said maybe its just my purple colored glasses. Go Vikes....
05-28-2014, 11:02 AM #3
Very cheery outlook. More like the glass is full and overflowing. 11-5? Can't see it myself, but then I've beaten beaten down over the last 45 years and tend to be a bit more pessimistic..
05-28-2014, 11:27 AM #4
Here's the thing; if we turn this thing around, there is no reason why we can't do BETTER. There is always one team from our division that implodes, and I am betting it won't be us this year. As such, change one of our division road games to a win as well, making us 12-4.
OBVIOUSLY this is a best case scenario; maybe we beat the Saints but lose to the Patriots; maybe we win against the 'skins but the Packers sweep us. In the end, it comes down to how all the new changes for EVERY team meld into a NFL team. Some will gel into a '13 Chiefs, others into the '13 Texans. There was WAY too much talent on the Texans for their 1-15 record, and no one would have expected the implosion. But it happened. Though most thought the Chiefs would be much better, no one expected them to be undefeated for so long.
Why couldn't that be OUR team? If it is going to happen, this is the year I think it will.Men are moved by two levers only: fear and self interest.
~Napoleon Bonaparte on Politics
05-28-2014, 01:04 PM #5
Our history is the main reason we won't have the turnaround you see. The Vikings have rarely beaten teams that are better than them and tend to play down to their competition, thereby letting inferior teams beat us more often than they should. Hopefully the new regime will change all that and all that bad juju goes by the wayside.
05-29-2014, 11:39 AM #6
Whoa buddy, my shades are always a pretty dark shade of purple this time of the year, but even I think 12-4 or 11-5 is unrealistic...unlikely, but NOT Impossible!?!
First off, this team was 10-6 and in the playoffs just one year ago, and with Ponder starting 16 games in ye ole boring schemes!! Our Special Teams and Running Game should continue to be strong and the defense looks vastly improved already...that combination alone should lead to more close games and hopefully, a few close wins!
Secondly, the fact that we don't know quite what these new schemes will look like will also be a hindrance to the teams game planning against us. That little bit of chaos factor might just be enough to pull off an upset or two, especially early in the season and against a team like the Patriots who are known for their preparation.
Third, as pointed out, our division imploded around us late last year...quick fact in case anybody forgot, though last place in our division, the Minnesota Vikings had the best record over the last 8 games of any team in the NFC North!! BAAAHWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!
Detroit and Chicago are still trying to build up a defense, and the Packers still have loads of ?s along their OL and lost another one of Raaahdjerrrrz favorite targets this year when James Jones signed in OAK. Their starting Center signed with Tampa, so they currently have 0 starts at C on their team. There could be timing issues with the snap, and we on the other hand have done nothing but build up our DLine all off season long. Obviously, as long as their star QB is healthy, they'll be tough to beat, but we may have a situational advantage with what looks like, or at least could be, our greatest strength vs. one of their biggest weaknesses.
Maybe, we get a bit of an underdog role to start the season and those first two opponents under estimate us and we start 2-0. At NO looks like a loss though, being a long road trip to a well balanced team who is exceptionally good at home. ATL invested heavily on both lines, but also retained some of their questionable starters there and seem to have changed schemes on D. This game could go either way, as both teams adjust to new schemes and new personnel, but for shits and giggles I'll give us another underdog W surprise. At the Pack has not been good for us anytime AR is on the field, call that one a loss unless they're already piling up injuries faster than we are. DET at home should be a high scoring affair, but we seem to play all of our division foes tough, I'm thinking another W. That would be a 4-2 start through what looks like the toughest part of the schedule.
At the Bills will be the opposite of DET, low scoring, possibly boring, ball control close game...the kind we are built to Win. At TB looks tougher to me...2nd road game in a row and by mid season all those off season additions might be playing well together, call it a loss, but really, I think we can win one of these 2 road games, leaving us at 5-3 either way.
I want to say we can beat the Skins at home...unless we get RG3'd for an 80 yard TD again!? Let's hope not and call it a W for 6-3 goin into the bye.
I bet Jared Allen has a pretty good game @CHI, we'll call that a Loss. Then its the Pack at home, where I hope our DL can overwhelm them and help us pull out a victory. Facing CAR and the Jets at home are both winnable games, but their defenses are also both good enough to give us some problems too, I'll say one each way there. Then we get to go on the road to DET and MIA, which by that time may be decided by who has more key personnel injured...again, could go either way, call it 1-1. That would leave us looking at the last game of the year at 9-6, and possibly with the playoffs on the line.Control the line, control the time, and give your D a chance to shine!!
"Balance it on end and thats the third side of the coin!!" -wookiefoot
05-29-2014, 11:52 AM #7
I got 10-6 at best ... but I pretty much peg us for somewhere in the 6-10 and 7-9 range. I would not be shocked to see 10 wins and a battle for the division, but I would be surprised for us to be real playoff contenders this year.
Now in 2015 ...
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