2021 FAUX 1.0 (Projected Season) by Ross Jacobs *Divisional Round Playoffs
It’s Faux season! The time of the year where we run an early computer simulation for the upcoming season…generating all the records for the regular season, playing through the playoffs, and declaring a Super Bowl winner.
We do the Faux season for fun but mostly to start to try to identify NFL over/under win total bets we can capitalize on for the upcoming season. It starts with projecting the season.
For the past few years, it’s been R.C./the FFM Computer model and top NFL Mock Draft Guru/Football Analyst Xavier Cromartie running their Faux seasons and presenting for comparing and contrasting. We’ve expanded the Faux seasons to get more input. This year, we also have Bet The Close podcast’s handicapping guru Chris Bilello running his Faux season and FFM/CFM football scout Ross Jacobs running his projected 2021 season.
The series will run for 11 straight days – three-week snapshots at a time, then the playoffs, up through the Super Bowl. The four analyst’s series will post at the same time each day -- 9amET (Xavier), 12pm ET (Chris), 4pm ET (RC), 8pm ET (Ross).
None of us knows who projected what – the individual results were submitted, and we are all finding out who projected what as the series unfolds. We’ll see what consensus or running themes unfold. This is Faux 1.0…based on what we all know early June 2021.
NFC Divisional Round:
(4) Washington at (1) 49'ers WIN
It was a good run for Washington, but they just don't have the firepower to hang with SF
(3) Packers at (2) Buccaneers WIN
The 2021 version of the Packers was good but not great and their offensive line isn't good enough to protect Aaron Rodgers from a brutal Buccaneers pass rush. The defending champs move on to face the top seeded 49'ers
AFC Divisional Round:
(6) Ravens WIN at (2) Browns
I so wanted to see the Browns win this and make it to the AFC Championship game, but they fall for the second time this year to their division rival Ravens
(5) Bills at (1) Chiefs WIN
This feels like one of those classic matchups where the second best team can just never beat #1. Josh Allen gives it everything he's got, but the Bills fall short to the Chiefs once again
***The 2021 FFM Draft Guide Package is now available – see the FFM homepage for more information, including Combo deals with the In-Season Package and Dynasty Stash reporting.
2021 College Football Metrics subscriptions are still available – all the NFL Draft/rookie prospect scouting reports, Dynasty Rookie Draft (weekly top 350) coverage and analysis PLUS our annual Devy scouting report/rankings summer series begins in July.***
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