One of the oldest questions in all of sports is if it is a good thing to be predicted to prosper. Some preseason favorites thrive off it like the Celtics and Patriots (That is until they get into the Superbowl.) Others teams, like this season's Mariners, stumble and fall, or crash and burn into a fiery inferno in the M's case, with the high hopes and predictions on their shoulders. But when your critics expectations are low, like our beloved Orange and Blue, there is no pressure on you to rise to the top.(Here's what Vegas expects from us.)
The Saints from 2 seasons ago are the perfect example of each. Before they embarassed almost each team they played all the way to the NFC Championship, fans everywhere thought there were 31 teams. But let's just look at the flip side of it. The next year, they were basically handing out their Superbowl rings before the crumbled under the pressure.
Now here is where our Broncos come into the picture. Vegas is giving us 7.5 wins (We get .25 of a victory for each time we defeat the Raiders. : p.) As good as it feels as a fan to talk trash to your friends in the preseason, it would feel even better to come out of no where and be the suprise of the season. Just think about it. There's no pressure! None of the big boys are circling us on their schedules (Hopefully not yet that is.) Its almost like the experts are saying that the AFC West features the Chargers and 3 bologna sandwiches. But that's the beauty of it! We're the exciting underdog if we get hot but if the opposites happens, were just those silly Broncos. (I think were all praying for the first option.)
For the past 5 seasons I've had high expectations for my team. I was even preaching about the Superbowl last season. But this season its different. I'm at the point that I can only be happy with our success. Failure won't be followed by rage like each of the previous seasons. (Ex: I started searching for a discount hitman to take out Brett Farve after that MNF meltdown.) I really do think that we will suprise people this season. Sure we have no superstar with the exception of Champ, but we are at least average at each position with some high points such as Cutler, Marshall, Nalen, Bly, Bailey, Doom, and D.J. I'm not attempting to get 16-0 tattooed on my forehead like I seem to do each year but I am calling a wild card. And at this point even that can be considered a unexpected success.