Ten predictions for '09 second half
After watching the Broncos lose for the second time in as many games Monday night, fans across the country channeled their inner-Denny Green voice before saying: "They are who we thought they were!"
The Broncos were a popular preseason pick to fall on their face after firing coach
But that has been followed by consecutive losses to Baltimore and Pittsburgh. Instead of being viewed as legitimate playoff contenders, the Broncos are widely considered as modern-day Icaruses, a team that flew too high too quickly only to have the wax melt from their wings.
How far will they fall, and what else can we expect from the second half of the season? Let's take a look in our crystal ball:
Their four other games are at home against the Chargers (whom they beat in San Diego), at home against the Giants (who have lost four in a row), and on the road at Indy and Philadelphia. I still would not be shocked if they win 12 games, although coach
Romo hasn't looked confident in a big late-season game since botching the PAT hold in the playoff loss to Seattle. Having said that, Dallas will make the playoffs, but it will be one-and-done and six straight losses since their last postseason win, in the 1996 season.
Young looks as if he has been humbled and hardened after being relegated to the sidelines the final 15 games last season and the first six games this year. He always has had a way of rallying teammates, and he'll do it again by leading the Titans to four to six wins in their final eight games (which means six to eight wins in his 10 starts).