Okay - will Russ stay? Will Russ go? I'm guessing he's staying for 2021 - and possibly leaving for 2022 season.
FA/Draft is not done - and I have no idea whether I'm stomping on someone's annual 'Predict the upcoming season thread" -
I ran all the games through a simulator - and added 3 points for the Hawks to each game based on 2020/2021 stats - just due to initial changes on the Oline and resigning of noE and Carson.
Hawks score listed as the 'first' score even for away games.
Cardinals - 37-26 - W
Rams - 22-17 - W
49ers - 17-27 - L
Bears (no Russ for you!) - 38-19 W
Lions - 41-34 - W
Jaguars - 41-17 - W
Titans - 30-35 - L (I don't think this will be a loss though).
Saints 10-31 - L (no Brees - ?).
Cardinals - 30-23 - W
Rams - 9-19 - L
49ers - 26-34 - L
Packers - 18-20 - L
Vikings - 24-23 - W
Texans - 37-3 - W
Colts - 23-27 - L
Washington - 37-17 - W
Steelers - 27-16 - W
Soooooo - 10-7 as a final season record. Again, it's early - and I just picked a random simulator off of last years teams (nflgamesim.com). NO FA changes were accounted for - (cardinals anyone with JJ?????) -
I'm hoping that both the predicted losses to the 49ers are both wrong - and that ends up looking more like 12-5. And, I don't think the Titans are as scary as they are supposed to be - so I'm reversing that one too. SO - 13-4?
What does everyone else think? So many intangibles with FA changes and the upcoming draft - but again, I'm bored.
I'm gonna call it 12-5.
AND, I'm gonna call making the playoffs. AND, if Carson is healthy, I'm gonna call making it to the Conference playoff game - and hope to GOD it's not against the pack.
Clearly I'm bored!