With three solid preseason games under their shoulder pads, this is no time to predict season-long expectations. This is a long season with a young and developing roster, so it’s difficult to project how they will look in September, much less December.
That’s what video game simulations are for.
Joe Fortenbaugh over at the National Football Post recently tested the latest iteration of the almighty EA Sports Madden franchise. Among his many observations, one was his casual reference to the five season simulations:
Can Madden predict this year’s Super Bowl winner?
Here’s what this year’s results look like:
SIMULATION 1: Pittsburgh 28, Philadelphia 15
SIMULATION 2: Washington 23, Pittsburgh 20
SIMULATION 3: New Orleans 27, Indianapolis 17
SIMULATION 4: Philadelphia 21, New England 9
SIMULATION 5: Philadelphia 22, Pittsburgh 21
In one of the five simulations for this season, the Redskins face off against the Steelers in a rematch of the first preseason game, and beat them to win the Super Bowl.
There is no question that this outcome would be optimistic at this point. But to be mentioned in this group of perennial playoff contenders says something about the composition of this team. Five simulations is hardly scientific, but it’s worth noting that this team has potential.
Further down in the post, Fortenbaugh deems that the Redskins have “NO SHOT,” at winning the Super Bowl, which is perfectly fine. This is a team that has thus far played well, but will probably be best-served by flying under the radar.
At the end of the day, the only expectations that matter at the end of the day are those of the 11 men out on the field, wearing Burgundy and Gold.
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