We say we hate them, but they drive the NFL news cycle—especially in the offseason. Things we collectively "know" as a football culture, and things we expect. Sure, the world of sports is a surprising place, but eventually when you analyze and dissect everything, things are going to start making sense, right?
If anyone didn't realize this by now, 2013 should provide all of the evidence one needs to figure out that predictions and speculation is all just educated guessing—by fans and media alike. Sometimes we come out looking like geniuses (like when I predicted Tom Brady's pressure-packed season).
Other times, not so much.
As fun as it is to take a look at the tea leaves before the season, let's circle back and realize where we went horribly wrong.