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ESPN Experts Balk On Picking Redskins

Posted by Andrew Walker on September 3, 2012 – 2:34 pm


Three days after NFL.com released its full predictions for the 2012 NFL season, ESPN.com did the same.

And, much like the NFL.com analysts, the experts at ESPN aren’t looking for much from the Redskins this season.

In fact, ESPN’s folks aren’t even predicting a single award will come the Redskins’ way. At least one analyst at NFL.com predicted Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III would be named the offensive rookie of the year.

Twelve of the 16 ESPN experts predicted Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck would instead win that award. The other four picked Cleveland Browns running back Trent Richardson.

Similarly, 13 of 16 NFL.com experts tabbed Luck as their offensive rookie of the year; but, in contrast, none of them predicted Richardson would garner any rookie honors at all.

For Griffin III not to get at least one vote by the ESPN.com experts is surprising. Again, Luck right now probably deserves most of the love because he was the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL Draft and displayed good control over the Colts’ offense during the preseason. But Griffin III, as I’ve said before, is the reigning Heisman Trophy Award winner, the No. 2 overall pick in April’s draft and also showed several flashes of success in the preseason.

Also, like the NFL.com predictions, the Redskins got no love in the rest of the ESPN.com categories, which include Super Bowl champion, NFC East division champion, NFC Wild Card teams, NFC champion, Coach of the Year, Most Valuable Player and Defensive Rookie of the Year.

Here’s where the rest of the NFC East teams fared in ESPN.com’s 2012 NFL predictions:

- Two experts predicted the Dallas Cowboys and the Philadelphia Eagles, respectively, would win the Super Bowl. No other analysts predicted an NFC East team would even make it to the Super Bowl.
– Eight of the 16 experts predicted the New York Giants would win the NFC East Division crown. Six predicted the Eagles would win the division, while two predicted the Cowboys would take the East.
– Five experts predicted the Eagles would be an NFC Wild Card team; four tabbed the Giants as a Wild Card pick.
– Four analysts believe Eagles head coach Andy Reid will win the Coach of the Year award. One gave their vote to Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett.
– One expert believes Giants quarterback Eli Manning will be named NFL MVP.
– Dallas Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne got two votes for 2012 Defensive Rookie of the Year.

CHIME IN: What are your thoughts on these predictions? Feel free to comment below.


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8 Responses to “ESPN Experts Balk On Picking Redskins”

  1. By TC on Sep 3, 2012 | Reply

    Hey that is par for the course. Since we haven’t done much as it pertains to playoffs in the last 18 to 20 years, it is valid for them to think how they do. So when the underdog rises from the ashes and they all jump on board or become haters, then we will see if they are analyst at all or just band wagoners. We have to be patient, our ticker tape parade will come soon enough and we will celebrate by ourselves…HTTR

  2. By murphs on Sep 3, 2012 | Reply

    Why is it sportswriters and so-called “experts” always predict the Cowgirls to win the SB when the last time they were there was during the NFC East domination of the Bills in the early 90’s? As a matter of fact, when was the last time Dallas even MADE the playoffs? We went in 2007 and 2005-losing to Seattle both times. So why does Dallas get so much love and we get none?

  3. By Purpledog70 on Sep 3, 2012 | Reply

    Good! That’s how it should be til we do something that warrants something better. Under the radar ain’t bad! Make ‘em liars and serve ‘em up crow! Til then…

  4. By skeels on Sep 3, 2012 | Reply

    these so-called “experts” always over look the skins and with good reason. But for them to say that the cowboys have a better chance at making playoffs over the skins is nonsense. Every year its the same story for either them or the eagles and look what happens. But at least cut the redskins some slack and give credit when its due. The lions get more respect than the skins do and look at what they’ve been through

  5. By jim on Sep 3, 2012 | Reply

    The thing that suprises me the most about these predictions, is that these guys actually get paid for them!

  6. By Karen on Sep 4, 2012 | Reply

    This is my 45th year as a Redskin fan. we never get any respect. I am sick of narrow minded commentators and writers! Go Skins!! all the more satisfing when we win.

  7. By Timmeh on Sep 4, 2012 | Reply

    ESPN experts need to make $, the Redskins need to make W’s. Gano is gone, theres 1-2 wins added, Grossman and beck are now the past (mostly), there’s 2-4 more wins. This has been a playoff team for years. Grossman hands the ball off to DBs and Gano has the rare ability to miss every field goal that has a game riding on it (see the skins last game against the saints). Those two out of the picture this is a Playoff team, no doubt. The bandwagon starts here ladies and gentlemen, lets get it started.

  8. By skinsaneasylum on Sep 4, 2012 | Reply

    Respect is earned, not given. We have not earned anything yet. As I always say, its pointless to get worked up over these types of “predictions”. They are usually wrong anyway on a number of levels.

    Don’t give yourself a bleeding ulcer over what the “experts” are predicting!

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