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Predicting the future isn’t easy. Just ask Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writers Greg Bedard, Michael Hunt, Lori Nickel and Tom Silverstein, who do their best Carnac impressions for the Packers’ weekly showdowns. Since the newspaper doesn’t keep track of how well they do, we’ve done it. All four had a pretty good win/loss record in the […]

Predicting the future isn’t easy. Just ask Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
writers Greg Bedard, Michael Hunt, Lori Nickel and Tom Silverstein, who do
their best Carnac impressions for the Packers’ weekly showdowns. Since the
newspaper doesn’t keep track of how well they do, we’ve done it. All four had a
pretty good win/loss record in the 2009 season, but their predicted scores were
sometimes way off, with Greg Bedard the worst – off by 309 points for the
season, or 18 points per game.


Although each writer picked Green Bay over lowly (and previously winless)
Tampa Bay in Week 9, Silverstein’s prediction of a 38-10 Packers victory was by
far the largest margin. In fact, the Pack fell 38-28. Yet Silverstein stands by
his choice. “I think I would probably pick it the same way,” he says, suggesting
the Packers would win that game nine times out of 10.

Silverstein’s most impressive predictions were Green Bay’s Week 17 and Wild
Card playoff matchups against Arizona. He was the only writer to correctly
predict both games, and he’s proud of it. “I took a lot of crap for picking the
Cardinals in that second game.”

Nickel, who says she hates making the predictions, was the only writer to
pick a Week 4 Packers victory over the Vikings at Minnesota. “I literally
flipped a coin,” she says. She was wrong on that and typically too
Packers-friendly. She predicted just two losses for them, including at home
against the Cowboys, which the Pack won 17-7. Why the pick? “I don’t know. You
probably could have asked me that Sunday morning and I wouldn’t have known.”
Only Bedard was wrong on both Packers-Cardinals games. He also was among those
picking the Packers at home over the Vikings in Week 8. Bedard didn’t think the
Vikings were as good as they looked in Week 4. “I think they had eight sacks in
that first game, and that was just not gonna happen again,” he says. “And what
happened? It happened again.”

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