The Seahawks' preseason really reversed the way I was feeling about this team. I thought with all of the additions on the offense that they were going to be inconsistent, but exciting -- even with the presence of Tarvaris Jackson. Additionally, with the loss of Colin Cole and the youth of the secondary, I thought the defense would be absolutely terrible. However, the last four games have completely reverse my thinking. The offense is going to be wretched, and the defense is going to be passable, if not good.
Regardless, I don't see the Seahawks being any good early in the season. I think we're still going to see continuing problems with the offensive line, which is going to spell trouble for both the running and the passing game. With that, my Hawk is Zach Miller. I think that Jackson is going to be shaky, and is going to lean on his Pro Bowl tight end until the cows come home. Miller pulls down seven passes for 85 yards and a TD, but consistency is a problem for the Hawks and the 49ers emerge victorious, 20-13.
So, if you're a newcomer this year, the way this works is that you choose a Seahawks player who you think is going to be the MVP of the game, and make a stab at their stats. Also, post what you think the score is going to be, and I'll keep track of that in a Google Docs spreadsheet. Last year, in order to qualify for the point prediction championship, you had to choose 75% of the total games played (.75 x 16 games = 12), so you could miss up to four games over the entire season and still qualify. I also tossed out the two worst weeks to account for unforeseen blowouts and brainfarts. As the season progresses, you'll see some different columns in the spreadsheet:
- The adjusted total is the number of points you were off over the course of the whole season with your two worst weeks thrown out.
- The adjusted average is the average number of points you were were off with your two worst weeks thrown out.
- The total is the number of points you were off over the course of the whole season.
- The average is the average number of points you were off.
At the end of the season, the winner of the point prediction challenge is determined by the adjusted average. The previous week's winner for choosing who you think is going to have the best game is determined by you going back and rec-ing the comment of the person you thought was the closest. Whoever has the most recs wins bragging rights until the next week.
To get you in the football mood, I leave you with this:
Plano East-John Tyler 1994 Football (via jodyvancevids)