Colin Cowherd's AFC North Predictions Are Insane

Colin Cowherd's AFC North predictions for the 2020 season are crazy.
Colin Cowherd's AFC North predictions for the 2020 season are crazy. / Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

The Baltimore Ravens were easily the best regular-season team in the NFL in 2020. They finished 14-2 with an average point differential of plus-13.7. They didn't lose a single game after Week 5, and one of their two losses was at the hands of the Super Bowl champs.

But at this point the hype seems to be getting totally out of control, as highlighted by Colin Cowherd's predictions for the AFC North in 2020.

A 16-0 predictions is absolutely wild. Only one team in NFL history has ever managed a 16-0 regular season, and since 2010 there have only been two teams to win 15 games, with another three winning 14 (including Baltimore in 2019).

NFL football just has too much randomness and variance on a week-by-week basis to make it a safe bet for even the best teams to win 14 or 15 games, let alone 16. The prediction is particularly shocking in 2020, where the shortened offseason and coronavirus concerns threaten to ramp up the variance to an even higher degree.

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The Ravens may be a great team, but even if you think they're the best team in the NFL, projecting a 16-0 regular season is just crazy.

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