Bold Predictions

  • Is that mustache worth the money?

    Mad Chemist: The Price of Admission

    Hard Facts This week I felt a little pressed for time (the holidays do that to us all), so I decided to address an issue of heavy discussion on the blogs....

  • The Green Bay Packers have too many wins to justify tanking for a top-five pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.

    Mad Chemist: The bottomless tank

    Last week we spotlighted the fact that a team gains no advantage by winning four or fewer wins to land a top-five draft pick versus garnering five or six wins and...

  • Mad Chemistry: My Starter Kit

    When I first started out with my system it wasn’t to use it against the Vegas line or even to predict games. I was frustrated and bored. Back in 2003, I...

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    The Mad Chemist: 4th and Lost

    This week I decided to look at a situation that has only happened eight times in the one-hundred and eight games so far this season but has touched the lives of...

  • Look for the Green Bay Packers offense to put on a display of aerial fireworks against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 3.

    Adam, Andy, Chris, & Tyler vs. Deep Cool: Week 3 Picks

    Every week of the 2013 NFL regular season, Water Cooler Sports resident prognosticators Adam Benoist, Andy Froehle, Tyler Norris, and Chris Pennell will square off against a high-tech predictive algorithm fondly known as “Deep Cool”...

  • The consensus is in: The 2013 Detroit Lions will be in playoff contention -- until they aren't anymore.

    Packers, Falcons to dominate NFC North, NFC South

    It’s just a couple of short hours until kickoff of the 2013 NFL regular season opener. The Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens take wing in the Rockies against the Denver Broncos...

  • It looks like the Baltimore Ravens are going down on the road at Mile High Stadium, if our resident prognosticators are to be believed.

    Adam, Andy, Tyler, and Chris vs. Deep Cool: 2013 Week 1 picks

    Prognosticatory prowess Every week of the 2013 NFL regular season, Water Cooler Sports resident prognosticators Adam Benoist, Andy Froehle, Tyler Norris, and Chris Pennell will square off against a high-tech predictive algorithm fondly known as “Deep...

  • Despite the best efforts of quarterback Andy Dalton and wide receiver Andre Johnson, the Cincinnati Bengals will miss the playoffs in 2013.

    Football Nostradamus 2013: AFC edition

    Spoiler Alert: I am about to take the drama out of the 2013 NFL regular season. In fact, I’m about to ruin all of your fun. Well, not all your fun....

  • Can Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo rise above his history and lead his team to the playoffs?

    Football Nostradamus 2013: NFC edition

    Like Chris Farley in the classic scene from Tommy Boy, I am not here to  give empty guarantee, but to be held accountable. (Although if you have any spare money on your...

  • The Green Bay Packers hope that strong-armed B.J. Coleman will be able to take the league by storm if the worst happens and starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers must miss time.

    Projecting the 2013 Green Bay Packers 53-man roster

    Just a handful of practices are in the books, the eye in the sky only has so many hours of tape to digest, and all four preseason games remain to be...

  • Can an upstart unseat Chicago Bears punter Adam Podlesh, or is his job secure in 2013?

    Early roster predictions: Chicago Bears

    As we head into training camp, it is time to get a feel for what our favorite teams will look like on Sundays this fall. Here is my prediction on who...

  • The Atlanta Falcon hope to demolish their "Failcon" reputation in 2013.

    NFC South regular-season predictions: Atlanta Falcons

    Your breathless anticipation has been mounting for days, and at last you receiver satisfaction as we conclude this series foretelling the outcome of every regular-season game for all four NFC South...

  • Imbued with the mystical touch of his head coach Sean Payton, New Orleans Saints quarterback will overcome almost every obstacle in his path.

    NFC South regular-season predictions: New Orleans Saints

    We are come, my brothers and sisters, to the third installment in our four-part season predicting the outcome of every regular-season game for all four NFC South teams. Having demonstrated my...

  • . . . and the fear of him and the dread of him will be upon all the beasts of the field. WCSN columnist Chris Pennell says that 2014 is the year that Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman earns his nickname "Capt. Fearman."

    NFC South regular-season predictions: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    Yesterday we kicked off a four-part series in which I embark on the fool’s errand of predicting the outcome of every regular-season game for all four NFC South teams. Having demonstrated...

  • No one is more stylish in the waning moments of a heartbreaking loss than Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton.

    NFC South regular-season predictions: Carolina Panthers

    It’s time for my annual breakdown of the NFC South regular-season schedule — not to mention my picks for each game. We kick off this four-part series with a look at...

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    2013 Detroit Lions Predictions: Part 1

    I must be a masochist, because I’m back with more predictions. This 2013 season I will be doing two prediction articles, since you loved the first one so much in 2012....

  • Although he'll start out the season as a backup, quarterback Shaun Hill will save the season for the Detroit Lions.

    Bold and Cold Predictions: Detroit Lions

    Bold Prediction The Lions get off to a great start as quarterback Matthew Stafford comes out slinging the ball up and down the field. He quickly amasses an astounding 1,202 yards...

  • Despite playing behind a suspect Green Bay Packers offensive line, rookie running back Johnathan Franklin will set the NFL on fire with his electric rushing talents.

    Rourke’s 2013 Bold and Cold Predictions: Green Bay Packers

    Is there anything more fun than making bold predictions in the offseason? If by some miracle, you get one right, you are hailed as a genius. If you’re completely wrong, most...

  • This is not the face of a man you can afford to take lightly in the NFL free agency period.

    NFC North free agency outlook

    We are poised on the precipice of the most exciting moment on the NFL calendar: the start of free agency at 4:00 p.m. EST. Since it’s simply impossible to get too...

  • Could offensive tackle Jake Long be trading Miami Dolphins teal for Arizona Cardinals red?

    NFL Free Agency Match Game: 2013 edition

    Teams have polished their guns and stockpiled their ammunition, and they’re waiting on pins and needles for the NFL to throw wide the gate to free agency. Starting tomorrow, it’ll be...

  • I have plenty of egg on my face from some of my pitiful predictions.

    Revisiting my preseason predictions

    A long, long time ago, I can still remember . . . Way back in August, I foolishly put my predictions for how the NFC North would play out in the...

  • The Chicago Bears are hoping they do not become the first team ever to let a wide receiver get to 2,000 yards on a season. Calvin Johnson of the Detroit Lions needs just 108 receiving yards to attain that milestone.

    Adam vs. Mike*: Week 17

    Prognosticatory prowess Every week, Water Cooler Sports resident prognosticators Adam Benoist and Mike Gabelbauer square off to bring your their NFL picks. Mike remains on hiatus, so Rourke Decker continues to serve as...

  • The Detroit Lions look to ground the high-flying Atlanta Falcons on a special Saturday-night edition of Monday Night Football.

    Adam vs. Mike: Week 16

    Prognosticatory prowess Every week, Water Cooler Sports resident prognosticators Adam Benoist and Mike Gabelbauer square off to bring your their NFL picks. This week, Mike is on hiatus, so Rourke Decker is stepping...

  • There look to be several stinkers on the slate for Week 15, starting with the Thursday Night game. Water Cooler Sports prognosticators Adam Benoist and Mike Gabelbauer make the best of it with this week's picks.

    Adam vs. Mike: Week 15

    Prognosticatory prowess Every week, Water Cooler Sports resident prognosticators Adam Benoist and Mike Gabelbauer square off to bring your their NFL picks. In Week 14, Adam and Mike had the exact same picks,...

  • The last time these two teams met, the Denver Broncos, lead by quarterback Peyton Manning, pummeled the Oakland Raiders. They're likely to do it again this week.

    Adam vs. Mike: Week 14

    Prognosticatory prowess Every week, Water Cooler Sports resident prognosticators Adam Benoist and Mike Gabelbauer square off to bring your their NFL picks. This past week, Mike gained three games on Adam, but Adam...

  • Will the Houston Texans spoil Thanksgiving Day for Detroit Lions, or will the home team start their feast early?

    Adam vs. Mike: Week 12 Picks

    Prognosticatory prowess Every week, Water Cooler Sports resident prognosticators Adam Benoist and Mike Gabelbauer square off to bring your their NFL picks. This past week, Mike gained three games on Adam, but Adam...

  • This week's Thursday Night Football contest pits the Miami Dolphins against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

    Adam vs. Mike: Week 11 Picks

    Prognosticatory prowess Every week, Water Cooler Sports resident prognosticators Adam Benoist and Mike Gabelbauer square off to bring your their NFL picks. In Week 10, Adam extended his lead on the season to...

  • The upstart Indianapolis Colts should have no trouble defeating the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 10.

    Adam vs. Mike: Week 10 Picks

    Prognosticatory prowess Every week, Water Cooler Sports resident prognosticators Adam Benoist and Mike Gabelbauer square off to bring your their NFL picks. In Week 9, they both had exactly the same record, so...

  • The competition between resident prognosticators Adam Benoist and Mike Gabebauer is getting taut. Who will come out on top?

    Adam vs. Mike: Week 9 Picks

    Prognosticatory prowess Last week, Adam picked up that game he lost to Mike the previous week. This week offers some real differences. Does Adam put Mike away or does Mike get...

  • Are the 6-0 Atlanta Falcons for real or a mirage? Resident pickers Adam Benoist and Mike Gabelbauer weigh in.

    Adam vs. Mike: Week 8 Picks

    Prognosticatory prowess Things are slowly starting to heat up, as Mike Gabelbauer picked up a game on rival Adam Benoist. Nevertheless, Adam still leads the head-to-head competition pretty convincingly, as he...

  • Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch will try to break the logjam in the NFC West as Seattle (3-3) takes on the San Francisco 49ers (3-3).

    Adam vs. Mike: Week 7 Picks

    Prophetic prowess Last week had some rather unusual and unexpected results, so our resident prognosticators, Adam Benoist and Mike Gabelbauer, did not do as well as they might have hoped. Here...

  • Will the Miami Dolphins pull out a win against the St. Louis Rams? Resident prognosticators Adam Benoist and Mike Gabelbauer have the inside scoop.

    Adam vs. Mike: Week 6 picks

    Prognosticatory prowess Starting in Week 5, columnists Adam Benoist and Mike Gabelbauer decided to release competing picks. Here are the standings after one week: Adam: Last week: 11-3 (.786) Year to...

  • The Houston Texans (4-0) are flying high. Will they continue their dominance in Week 4?

    Adam vs. Mike: Week 5 picks

    Arizona Cardinals (4-0) at St. Louis Rams (2-2) Adam:  I am not a believer in the 4-0 Cardinals.  Good football teams don’t allow a rookie like Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill...

  • The New Orleans Saints are not as bad as their 0-3 record indicates, but they must contend with a Green Bay Packers team still furious over its controversial defeat in Week 3.

    Mike’s Picks: Week 4

    Due to some scheduling conflicts with which Adam Benoist, our normal perspicacious prognosticator, is grappling, I am flying solo this week. Expect Adam’s picks to return next week. Prophetic prowess Last...

  • Which team do you think these guys picked to win in the New York Giants at Carolina Panthers Week 3 match-up?

    Mike’s Picks: Week 3

    Our usual prognosticator, Adam Benoist, is out this week with an illness, so I am stepping in for him. I can assure you that my prowess far exceeds his and that...

  • Last week didn't go so well for resident prognosticator Adam Benoist, but he'll get it right this time.

    Adam’s Picks: Week 2

    Well, Week 1 went about as well for me as special teams play went for the Oakland Raiders on Monday night, but like a closer who just got rocked the night,...

  • These delightful ladies could win any division.

    Black and Blue at Night: 2012 NFL division winners

    Now that the regular season is upon us, it is time to play the pundit and predict the NFL’s division winners. Let’s jump right into it. AFC North While a solid...

  • What does Adam Benoist's crystal ball tell him about the fate of the New England Patriots this week?

    Adam’s Picks: Week 1

    Every week this season, columnist Adam Benoist will don his prognostication hat and peer into the future as he previews the coming games for us. Rest assured, we will be tracking...

  • Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was recognized as the league's Most Valuable Player in 2011, and he will take home MVP honors in 2012 as well.

    Bold Predictions: Mike’s 2012 individual awards and playoff seeding forecast

    They say a prophet is not without honor except in his own country. Prophecy is a fool’s game, and there is nothing more foolish than trying to predict the outcome of...

  • Christian Ponder will try to convince the Vikings that he is their quarterback of the future this year.

    Bold Predictions: Jon’s 2012 NFC North prognostications

    A few weeks ago, I got the whole predictions ball rolling here at WCSN with team-by-team predictions for the NFC North in 2012.  Those predictions, however, may have been a little...

  • 2013 does not appear to be the year of the Hoverboard.

    Back to the future: Adam’s bold predictions

    Great Scott! I’ve just returned from future! We were finally able to fix our Flux Capacitor on January 19, 2013, and I’ve made it back back to our current date. The...

  • Russ Thomas believes the Detroit Lions are ready to take the next step and win the NFC North this year.

    Book It! Russ Thomas’ bold predictions for 2012

    I got a fever. “More cowbell?” No! Lions fever! We all know I like to make predictions about the Detroit Lions. There have been some discrepancies in the past between what...

  • You don't have to be a prophet to think that Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers will put up stellar numbers again in 2012.

    Johnathan’s 2012 NFC North bold predictions

    Editor’s Note: This is the first of what we hope will be a series of bold predictions articles. If you have your own bold predictions you would like to share, consider...