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Open Thread: 2013 NFL Predictions and Prognostications

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

NEPD Editor: Mike Loyko

You can’t have a new football season without predictions and prognostications. You know the well-thought out, researched and analyzed guesses us “experts” make to try and forecast what will happen during the upcoming season.

Here is the space where you can see all my predictions, tell me how crazy or stupid I am, but more importantly add your own 2013 predictions.


5 Biggest Questions for the Second Half of the Patriots’ Season

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012
Devin McCourty Interception

Is Devin McCourty part of the problem, or part of the solution to the Patriots woes in the secondary?

NEPD Staff Writer: Dan Hope

The New England Patriots are taking momentum into their bye week, coming off of their most dominant performance of the season in a 45-7 victory over the St. Louis Rams.

With a one-game lead in the AFC East, and on a two-game winning streak with three consecutive games against teams with losing records following the bye week, they are in good position to win their fourth consecutive division title, and 10th in the past 12 seasons. The Patriots also have the league’s best points differential, +92, with a league-leading 262 points scored compared to just 170 points allowed.

But while there are many positives about the Patriots’ first half of the season, and where they stand going into the second half with a 5-3 record, their first-half struggles should also not be ignored. Their three losses are more than they were expected to have at this point, and all three losses were the result of costly fourth-quarter mistakes. The Patriots have not lived up to expectations, and have some real issues that must be corrected going forward if they are to make it back to the Super Bowl.

With the bye week falling immediately at the halfway point of the regular season, these are five questions that the Patriots should be trying to find answers to before hitting the season’s homestretch.


Patriots Roster Prediction 5.0 (Final)

Friday, September 2nd, 2011
Aaron Hernandez Ninja Patriots

Luckily, the Patriots have one roster spot reserved for a "Ninja".

Update: With two changes to our prediction three days ago, we’re making this our final roster prediction.

Our fifth roster prediction wasn’t nearly as grueling as the first four, but the last few spots are still certainly up for grabs.

Let us know how you would change things if you were GM.


Patriots Roster Breakdown: Last Five Years

Sunday, August 21st, 2011

We’ve put together four Patriots roster predictions so far, mainly focusing on who makes it and who gets cut. We’re going to postpone the next full roster prediction until after the third pre-season game, instead focusing on which positions have historically been on the Patriots opening day roster.

We looked at the last five years – noting that with the rule changes (specifically dealing with the passing game) that roster methodology might have changed since Belichick’s early days with the Patriots organization.


2011 Patriots Roster Prediction 4.0

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011
Stevan Ridley Patriots

Stevan Ridley made it easy to find an additional roster spot with his performance Thursday night.

After completing another exhaustive exercise of coming up with what I think would be the most productive final roster for the New England Patriots, I’m pretty sure that Nick Caserio and company are going to have more than their fair sure of sleepless nights in the next few weeks.

Let us know how you would change things if you were GM.


2011 Patriots Roster Prediction 3.0

Monday, August 8th, 2011
Tom Brady Patriots

I'm relatively certain this guy makes the roster, but that hair has already been cut.

This is our third of at least five annual predictions (we hit 50/53 in last year’s final prediction) for who makes the New England Patriots opening-day roster.


2011 Patriots Roster Prediction 2.0

Saturday, July 30th, 2011

After a flurry of trades, cuts, and acquisitions, the Patriots just might be ready to take a break from being the lead story on NFL Network.

Therefore, we’re going to make our second of five predictions of what the Patriots 53-man roster will look like come opening day of the 2011 NFL season.

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