Every week in this space I take a look back at my predictions for the game and see how much water they held. I rate the prognostications with buckets of water. A five-bucket prediction held a Lake Michigan full of water while a one-bucket rating wouldn’t drown a flea from a lion’s mane.
Prediction: For Washington, Clinton Portis has to have a great day and Mark Brunell must have a decent day. There is much confidence in the former, not much in the latter. Rating: Five Buckets
I couldn’t have been any more on the money here if I’d been given a game tape on Saturday night.
Prediction: (Kevin) Jones won’t find much running room against the patched-up Washington defense and Gregg Williams will scheme to harass (Joey) Harrington into some sacks and an interception or two. Kicker Jason Hanson’s leg won’t be deterred at all, so let’s say that the Lions get a TD and three Hanson field goals for a total of 16 points. Rating: Three Buckets
Jones garnered just 20 yards on 12 carries and the Lions as a team rushed for just 64. Harrington was sacked twice and intercepted once. A pretty good call there, but I thought that the Lions would be able to move the ball a little better, enough to get into position for a couple more field goal attempts for Hanson. I subtracted one bucket for each missing field goal attempt.
Prediction: Getting to 17 is the key for the Redskins. I think they’re capable of doing it, but they haven’t demonstrated the ability to do so in a winning effort thus far this year. That makes it difficult for me to predict that they will.
In the late going it will be Detroit 16, Washington 14. Ola Kimrin will have a field goal attempt to win it. It will smack off of the upright and 16-14 is the final. Rating: Two Buckets
I’ve got to give myself some credit for zeroing in on 17 as the total the Redskins would need to win and that’s exactly what they scored. Of course, both my endgame scenario and the winner of the game were wrong, so it’s just a two-bucket call.