To keep (any) integrity with picking/predicting, one should reflect on passed selections. For my season predictions, I went through the entire schedule grid for each team, picking each winner thus counting it as a loss for those other teams that, well, lost. In doing so I correctly selected 10 of the 14 playoff participants. I missed three in the AFC: Pittsburgh; Cincinnati; Las Vegas. I only missed one in the NFC: Philadelphia.
As for the Super Bowl, I had Cincinnati finishing last in the AFC North with a record of 4-13. The Los Angeles Rams were picked to go 9-8, get the 6th seed and lose to the 3rd seeded Packers at Lambeau Field in the Wild Card round.
Speaking of those Green Bay Packers, I missed their overall record by 1 game, concluding 12-5 (instead of 13-4, although if needed, they likely win Week 18 and go 14-3). I missed by 2 seeds. The odd thing is I did have them losing to the San Francisco 49ers in the Divisional Round- had I gone back and looked prior to the matchup, I still likely pick the Packers in my weekly pick, but that’s a pretty close hit.
All in all, I fared better than I initially thought once the playoffs commenced and especially once the Super Bowl match up was determined.
I’ve been close before on picking Super Bowl participants, but this year was filled with much parody – it’s resulted in us living in a world where “Going For It” or “All In” carries more weight than every before…oh, and Matthew Stafford is now a Super Bowl Champion. Very odd.