ESPN’s initial predictions continue to be overly optimistic Do you believe in miracles? Even if you do, this one isn’t happening. ESPN once again has predicted the final record for each team in the aftermath of the schedule release. And, once again, the effort to sell implausible hope to 32 fan bases has caused ESPN to overlook the fact that every NFL season is a zero-sum game in which the cumulative wins must match the cumulative losses. The various Bristol beat writers have guessed at records for the 32 teams that have the league collectively finishing 60 games over .500: 286-226.