We’re at the point in the offseason where the predictions are coming in. Players are being ranked by how they’ll perform in 2018, teams are given win total expectations for the upcoming season, and fantasy experts are stating to tell you who you have to pick in upcoming drafts.
For the most part, everyone is going to make mistakes... and a lot of them. Predictions at this point in the offseason are like those people who decide to throw dog weddings: wrong, very wrong.
Of course, that doesn’t stop any of us from making predictions. We do it out of habit and we do it out of boredom. And because of that, we are often wrong. Because we can grow as people by admitting mistakes, that’s exactly what we’re going to do today.
Today’s Question of the Day (inspired by SB Nation) is:
What is the worst Lions prediction you’ve ever made?
My answer: I have a bad memory with all of my predictions, seeing as I make so many, but a recent one that stands out is when I predicted on a podcast that Ameer Abdullah would end up rushing for 1,200 yards in 2017.
I bought into the hype after Abdullah’s one impressive game in 2016 before he suffered a season-ending injury and thought the Lions’ investments in the offensive line would turn around their running game immediately. In fact, I’m pretty sure I said multiple times last offseason that the running game couldn’t be any worse than it was in 2016.
Well, the Lions running game got worse, Ameer Abdullah is on the verge of playing his last game with Detroit, and the offensive line couldn’t survive the 2017 without suffering a multitude of injuries.
All of that provides a nice little reminder not to assume that the Lions’ running game will automatically turn around in 2018. Sure, they’ve made a lot of changes and improvements on paper, but all of that could easily fall apart if fortune isn’t on the Lions’ side in 2018.
...also, selecting Jeremy Cash in the second round of the SB Nation Mock Draft was a pretty bad prediction considering he went undrafted.