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RelaxImaPro    5,384

Well a couple of positives...

 

If we were better in 2011 we might not have gotten Luke

If we were better in 2012 we might not have gotten Star/KK

 

All three of those are looking like key franchise pieces for the future right now.

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TruCatzFan    592

Just off hand I think we should have beaten Seattle, KC, ATL, and CHI. We simply didn't have the defense we needed to hold up in the 4th when teams went to the air. We should be totally different this season.

Don't forget Dallas and Seattle

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Delhommey    2,796

These guys successfully predicted our 2008 season as well.

That being said, it is still a prediction. And predictions are most often wrong.

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pantherj    2,167

Don't forget Dallas and Seattle

 

I forgot about the Dallas game, but I did say Seattle. You know what's weird is that I don't really remember the Dallas game. I watched it last season, and now I have no memory of it for some reason. It's weird.

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RelaxImaPro    5,384

And the 2nd Tampa game.  We shut them down all fuging game only for them to score like 11 points or some dumb poo in the final 3-4 minutes of the game.  Then a fuging go ahead TD in OT...

 

What kind of poo is that?

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Udogg    3,072

12-4

 

All the bad luck, unlucky bounces, poor play calling,  bad clock management,  untimely drops,  overthrows, and mind numbing fumbles are about to end.   It all evens out.  Just like all the bad years prior to 2003,   then all of a sudden we get all the breaks.    There is not one team on the schedule that I feel we can't beat.  Matter of fact there is probably only 2 that would beat us if we both played our best games.

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Achilles    122

This kind of analysis is encouraging, especially when you consider the Football Outsiders has our defense ranking 3rd in the league (I think it is suspect though if it has to do with yards allowed, maybe we will be better on points allowed).  If they play like the team that beat down the Ravens, then these projections will prove prophetic.

 

Right here toward the very beginning of the season, I am starting to see a few media outlets tout us as a sleeper.  The last time that happened was 10 years ago.  Coming off a 7-9 season with John Fox, the Panthers were the surprise pick to make a playoff push.  Went all the way to the Superbowl.  Not saying we will this year...just saying...I am getting some of the same vibes...

 

Exciting!

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Cyberjag    1,983

Last year we were projected to finish 10th:  http://www.footballoutsiders.com/dvoa-ratings/2012/2012-dvoa-projections.  We actually finished 18th, based on records.

 

So, if you have the talent to generate statistics like that, yet still manage a losing record, where is the disconnect coming from? 

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