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ESPN Thinks We’re Gonna Lose the Opener to the Redskins By…How Much??

Aug 22, 2013, 10:53 AM EDT


By the time Monday, September 9th rolls around, Philly sports fans are gonna be pumped for Philadelphia Eagles football no matter what, just by virtue of it being something besides the Phillies, who by that point will probably be fielding a starting outfield of Roger Bernadina, Casper Wells and Jeff Francoeur and waving to the Marlins at the bottom of the NL East. At the very least, there’s a sense of newness to the Eagles in coach Chip Kelly’s first season, an excitement that should persist even if the team struggles a bit out of the gate–as long as their struggles aren’t of the historic variety, anyway.

Well. ESPN the Magazine recently released their NFL season predictions (courtesy of analytics site Pro Football Focus), and understandably for a team in transition coming off a 4-12 record, they’re none too bullish on our Birds. They have the Eagles going 6-10 and finishing last in the East, with the team going a miserable 1-5 in Division play. (They also predict that Nick Foles’ risk-averseness will eventually win him the starting job from Michael Vick, for whatever that’s worth.)

That’s all tough, but none too surprising, and none even all that discouraging. But there is one somewhat eye-popping prediction contained in their Eagles season mini-preview. See, in addition to the PFF dudes predicting the results of every game on the NFL schedule for the Mag, they also predict the final score. And not only do they predict the Birds will lose the season opener to the Redskins, they predict it’s gonna be by a fairly sizable margin.


WHAT?? Well, the Mag doesn’t provide per-game explanation for their scores–that’d be a lot for a preview issue–so we can’t really know what the reasoning is behind their projected blowout. And they do predict the Redskins to win the East, though only with a 10-6 record, and not with scoring 40 or shutting out an opponent in any other game of theirs.

But geez, 41-0? currently only has the Redskins as 4.5-point favorites, and though that may change some, it’s hard to see it going into the high double-digits. According to Pro Football Reference, the 41-0 loss would be the sixth-worst loss in Eagles history, and the worst since they were shut out 42-0 by the Seahawks in Decmeber 2005.

Such a loss would do about as effective as would be humanly possibly in quashing Eagles excitement before the season even really gets going, no matter how bad the Phillies are at that point. However, two minor silver linings to be found in this gloomiest of projected clouds. One is that ESPN does have the Eagles rebounding from the brutal opening loss to win their next two against the Chargers and the Chiefs, which might help get some sense of momentum back. (They lose the three after that, though.)

The other is that the loss isn’t even the biggest blanking ESPN predicts for the 2013 season–that honor would go to the Jacksonville Jaguars, who are predicted to lose 58-0 to the Seattle Seahawks in Week Three, just one point away from tying for the biggest blowout in NFL history. So there’s that.


  1. Andy - Aug 22, 2013 at 11:11 AM

    The day a Chip Kelly offense gets shut out is probably the day Chip Kelly walks away from the game.

    Losing 91-50 is more likely than 41-0.

  2. rhettbogan - Aug 22, 2013 at 11:17 AM

    Yeah right…Like ESPN knows everything. I know they won’t be putting their money where their mouth is on this one. Damn! I just can’t stop laughing at these fools & know it alls at espn….what a joke.

  3. RandyC - Aug 22, 2013 at 11:25 AM

    I like the Birds, 31-27. And ESPN stopped being relevant 15 years ago… Hiring back olberdeusch is just the lastest new low to which they have sunk. Circling the bowl, ESPN, circling the bowl…

    • RandyC - Sep 9, 2013 at 11:14 PM

      Final Score: Birds 33, redskins 27… Sorry, I didn’t figure on the safety, LOL!

  4. wawafan - Aug 22, 2013 at 11:37 AM

    1-7 in division is not possible…1-5 maybe

    • 711fan - Aug 22, 2013 at 2:51 PM

      actually you can go 0-6 in your divison, make the playoffs…and go 1-1 against division it is possible

  5. Cuban - Aug 22, 2013 at 12:03 PM

    I kinda like the over the top blowout predictions because it basically mocks the relevance of the whole focus on predictions over the months of offseason/preseason when there’s so much unknown.

    But to join in on what I just criticized, I think they’ll probably lose to the skins, and I’d also pick Washingtn to take the division. I think 10-6 and possibly even 9-7 could be enough for whichever team pulls ahead.

    6-10 is a pretty realistic guess for this team and I like most of their game to game predictions. I do think everyone needs to be careful with the Chiefs though. They’ll have the same issues every Reid team has to deal with and Alex Smith is too mediocre to thrive in a high volume role, but overall they have a lot of talent on their roster. I’d pick the Eagles at home with a ton of motivation and emotion, but my gut has been feeling an L in that one for awhile.

  6. DILands - Aug 22, 2013 at 12:26 PM

    I’ll take the points – thank you!!!

  7. willh888 - Aug 22, 2013 at 12:59 PM

    i call bs. How would a team that loses 41-0 to the skins win 6 games in the NFL? Just some more espn shock-jock material so we fall for it.. talk about it.

  8. John - Aug 22, 2013 at 1:39 PM

    ESPN did what ESPN intended to do. Got you talking about it. ESPN is GOD.

    • Nina K. McCoy - Aug 29, 2013 at 8:54 AM

      Aye johnnyboy. ESPN is what the fuck did you say? G.O.D? Did you mean to say, no I know damned well you meant to say, Gutless Odd Dimwits? Yeah, I thought so!

  9. hitnrun - Aug 22, 2013 at 1:45 PM

    The blowout isn’t what’s incredible about this. It’s the 0 points scored against the 28th ranked defense in 2012.

  10. Totes McGotes - Aug 22, 2013 at 2:04 PM

    You lost me at “ESPN”……….

  11. jay peezo - Aug 22, 2013 at 2:59 PM

    dude fuck ESPN. everything they do is like a cartoon anymore. have you ever watch steven A and skip bayless? its like the worst shit ever created by humans! lets not forget that ESPN is owned by walt disney which partially explains how stupid it is.

  12. Dave - Aug 22, 2013 at 3:14 PM

    If I were Chip, I’d plaster this shit on the halls of the NovaCare Complex. That should light a fire.

  13. Steve - Aug 22, 2013 at 3:20 PM

    Aside from this idiocy from ESPN, am I the only person who thinks that Robert Griffin III is insanely overrated? Of course the world-wide leader is essentially to blame for this, but I just don’t get it. I guess that he’s an alright QB, but after his first game (FIRST GAME!) last season, you would have thought that he had won every Super Bowl, Super Bowl MVP and regular season MVP award from here on out, while curing cancer, poverty and ensuring world peace. The glorification of this dude is unreal.

  14. phillyybuzz - Aug 22, 2013 at 7:29 PM

    I’m tired of all this Redskins hype. They will not win the division. They simply caught a lot of teams of guard with there version of the read option heavy play calling. Along with Seatle and San Fran. But now guess what? We here in Philly now have the author of that offensive style. 10-6 Philly Eagles all day. Chip got this. No more Andy and his predictable pass happy can’t beat a blitz offense.

    • Peter Rock - Aug 22, 2013 at 9:19 PM

      I am already sick of hearing about Washington, San Fran, Seatle. All you sheep out there who think those teams are going to have the same kind of seasons they had last year are just following along with all those YO YO’S on NFL Network, ESPN. The only team you can count on every year is New England and I am not a fan. For me the AFC Champ will be New England or Denver, anyone who know about Football can tell you that. I HATE this crap every year you get 2 or 3 teams who play way over there heads, then everyone puts them in the Superbowl. Look RGIII is a very good quertback, but please lets see what he does in the next few years before you start making his BUST for the Hall of Fame. Give me a break. I think the NFC East is up for grabs anyone one of the teams in the Division could win or could be in last place. In fact the whole NFC is not cut and dry.

      • phillyybuzz - Aug 23, 2013 at 1:35 PM

        Well put

      • phillyybuzz - Aug 23, 2013 at 1:40 PM

        I’m so tired of everyone putting San Fran back in the super bowl. Not gonna happen. Atlanta Falcons are the current version of Andy Reids eagles that were an every year playoff team that couldn’t, win a super bowl. But other than that the Nfc is up for grabs so lets go Eagles

  15. Howard Meyers - Aug 22, 2013 at 8:25 PM

    Would this be the same ESPN that picked the 2012 birds to go 11-5 last year?
    Wrong then, wrong now.
    The birds go from worst to first (this is the nfl) 9-7.


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