Your team is going to lose!
Every fan has that realization at some point leading up to an NFL weekend. Sometimes the feeling comes early—looking at matchups or highlights from the previous week. Other times, it takes a while to set in, after a few sacks or a backbreaking pick.
Whenever it happens, that crushing feeling of hopelessness is part of what makes NFL football so great. Every weekend, half of those teams that are "going to lose" end up winning. The same fans driven to the depths of despair are now taken to the heights of joy.
As a writer, I've been called "hater" a lot.
Ironically, I've been called a hater about both teams in a weekly matchup. I've been called a hater about teams for which I've later been called a "homer." I've been called a hater about the team I grew up with—the Detroit Lions. I've been called a hater about players that I genuinely like as people (usually by fans who will never meet me or the players they love so much). I've been called a hater when my predictions have been wrong, and I've been called a hater when my opinions have been justified.
So, let's take "hate" to a whole new level.
Here is why your team is destined to lose this weekend, even if they end up winning.