Buttercup and Westley have just entered the Fire Swamp, and look around.
Westly: “It's not that bad.”
Buttercup stares at him in disbelief.
Westley: “Well, I’m not saying I’d like to build a summer home here, but the trees are qctually quite lovely.”
Every year I say I am not going to do it, and every year I do.
When the Redskins schedule comes out, I suspended my higher brain functions and play out the upcoming season in about a minute's time.
The first thing I always do is focus on the opener, because despite what the punditry will remind us over and over between now and then, it is not “just another game.” It is the game we will be focusing on, anticipating and building up for the next five months. It's also the game I will spend that time thinking about when envisioning the 2009 Redskins.
So yes, while technically it is “just one game,” in heart and mind it means a lot more from where we sit today than, say, a week thirteen game against the Raiders. So despite my better judgment (because as I said, I wasn’t going to do it this year) I lasered right in on the season opener with great expectation—gimme a 1 o’clock Sunday home against that Lions, baby—and ... erk.
The Giants. There. Again.
Then I proceeded to do what I always do (and as I wager most every true fan does, even if he/she doesn’t admit it aloud)—I scanned down the list and tallied up projected wins and losses.
No doubt it's a silly exercise, given we have no real sense at this point what kind of team the 2009 Redskins will be, nor what kind of team each opponent will be the week the Redskins face them, what each teams' the injury report will say the day of each game, which opponents might be coming off a bye, or two straight losses and desperate, or three straight wins and cocky, or ... you get my drift.
So with all of that said ... memorialized here so I won’t be tempted to go back and hide from it later (not that I, you know, would), set out below is my first-blush projected regular season, based on nothing more than gut reaction.
I will plan to revisit both the schedule and projected season at least a couple of times before opening day; probably once right before training camp opens in July, and again in the week after the final preseason game.
At that point, of course, I will replace base instinct with at least a touch of brain function, and be able to incorporate considerable new data. But that won’t be as pure, and perhaps not nearly as much fun.
9/13 – @ NYG...L
9/20 – STL...W
9/27 – @ DET...W
10/4 – TB...W
10/11 – @ CAR...L
10/18 – KC...W
10/26 – PHI...W
11/8 – @ ATL...L
11/15 – DEN... W
11/22 – @ DAL...L
11/29 – @ PHI...L
12/6 – NO...W
12/13 – @ OAK...W
12/21 – NYG...W
12/27 – DAL...W
1/3 – @ SD...L
Reg. Season Record: 10-6
Which, as first reactions go, isn't that bad.