A look back on preseason Super Bowl Predictions

1/23/07 in NFL   |   CriticalFanatic   |   respect

So here we are, Indianapolis Colts vs Chicago Bears. Doesn't seem too far fetched to think a lot of fans and experts predicted this matchup back in August does it? Well not many did, and by not many I mean 1 expert and 1 fan.

AFC Champ: 56% of experts and 44% of fans did pick the Colts
NFC Champ: 1 expert and 8% of fans picked the Bears

Let's take a look at some of the experts preseason predictions:

Sports Illustrated: Panthers over Dolphins
SI's Peter King:
Cowboys over Colts Vic Carucci: Panthers ... rest of Picks
Bill Simmons: Patriots over Eagles
Fox Sports Adam Schein: Panthers over Bengals
ESPN MAG: Dolphins
Tom Jackson: Colts over Panthers
Sean Salisbury: Panthers over Colts
John Clayton: Colts over Seahawks
Joe Theismann: Colts over Panthers
Complete ESPN Picks

Now I'm not really at liberty to give any of these guys a hard time, I did pick the Broncos vs Falcons (gag). But I too take some pleasure in noting Sports Illustrated and ESPN the Mag's selections. Keep that in mind come next August.

So who's the one expert (we can call him that) who picked the SB XLI matchup correctly: Mr Dan Shanoff. Nice work Dan! It would only make sense that once he parted ways with the WWL he was able to predict more accurately (how bout them Saints). Note: Shanoff picked the Colts over Bears. Damn!

Big congrats as well to our own fan Kerri, who was the only one at the time to have the same foresight.
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1/29/07   |   Terry   |   25 respect

i had dallas/denver preseason.

1/23/07   |   MrNFL   |   175 respect

I'm proud that I was right about the Panthers.  Everyone had them in the Super Bowl, I had them 8-8 and out of the playoffs.

Now for my actual pick (SEA/PIT)...well let's not talk about that.  I had the Colts as the 2nd AFC team.

1/23/07   |   jman3890

Scott wrote:
Yeah, yeah, yeah.....lets worry about the Titans next August.  I want to know who the resident fanIQ schwami is going to pick for this year's March Madness

can't wait for that March Madness!

1/23/07   |   Scott   |   53864 respect


i would have agreed with you at the beginning of the season... now i will say ... the future is looking very bright for my Titans

Yeah, yeah, yeah.....lets worry about the Titans next August.  I want to know who the resident fanIQ schwami is going to pick for this year's March Madness

1/23/07   |   Tron

I was surprised Berman didn't pick San Fransisco to take on Buffalo for the 20th time.

1/23/07   |   huskerdoug2009   |   2790 respect

I believed the hype and had Carolina beating San Diego.  Of course I was on my 3rd long island iced tea and 7th deep fried twinkie when placing the money at the Mirage in Vegas!


1/23/07   |   Janse

Nice job Kerri! I am not positive what I chose in polls or not, but I did have the Colts and Giants like Wilbon.

1/23/07   |   Pat   |   5232 respect


At least you're better than SI and ESPN the MAG.


Congrats to Dan Shanoff and our own Kerri.   I'm still shocked that Kerri didn't pick the Titans!

She may be crazy, but she's not stupid. She knows the Titans won't be making it back anytime soon...right Kerri?

1/23/07   |   huskerdoug2009   |   2790 respect

Nice call Sports Illustrated!