Thursday, August 27, 2015

A look back at the experts' 2013 NFC East division winner predictions

This time last season, the Eagles got absolutely no respect. They were coming off a 4-12 season, they were unsettled at the QB position, their defensive scheme was a complete unknown, and there was a new coaching staff in place.

A look back at the experts' 2013 NFC East division winner predictions

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Quarterback Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants is sacked by inside linebacker Perry Riley #56 of the Washington Redskins in the first half at MetLife Stadium on December 29, 2013 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Ron Antonelli/Getty Images)
Quarterback Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants is sacked by inside linebacker Perry Riley #56 of the Washington Redskins in the first half at MetLife Stadium on December 29, 2013 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Ron Antonelli/Getty Images)

This time last season, the Eagles got absolutely no respect. They were coming off a 4-12 season, they were unsettled at the QB position, their defensive scheme was a complete unknown, and there was a new coaching staff in place.

Just for fun, I went back and found the 2013 NFC East predictions for the experts at ESPN, CBS, FOX, Sports Illustrated, and USA Today. There were a total of 63 writers who made picks from those media outlets. They all picked anyone but the Eagles to win the NFC East. To note, I'm not trying to be a ball buster here. I don't remember who I picked to win the division last year (Redskins?), but it wasn't the Eagles.

Let's start with the worldwide leader:

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Here are the experts from CBS and FOX:

And finally, Sports Illustrated and USA Today:

The final tally:

But you know who did get it right? My daughter, who was 16 months old at the time.

Happy 4th of July!

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