Even the pre-season games don't tell you anything about the relative performance of the teams. I know nothing. You know nothing. Peter King and Dr. Z and Len Pasquarelli and Bob Costas and Joe Theismann all know nothing. We are a population of Sgt. Shultzs. Of course, by roughly mid-season that will change, Joe Theismann excepted.
So no fair holding anything written in this column against me. I'll be back in a few weeks with a betting primer and then we'll plunge headlong into the second half of the season once there is a nice fat statistical sample to work with.
Post script: We have a perfect object lesson. Almost as soon as I posted this column, Big Ben's appendix decided to give it up. This means The Roethlisbergermeister will be out the first few weeks of the season, which happens to coincide with the most brutal part of the Steelers schedule. So they'll be facing the Dolphins, Jags, Bengals and possibly Chargers with ex-Lion Charlie Batch at the helm. I don't think it'll stop them from getting to the playoffs and therefore shouldn;t relly impact their ability to repeat. But if you picked the over on 10.5 wins for the year, well, this is me wagging my finger at you.