NFL Nation predicted records for all teams

September, 2, 2014
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NFL Nation reporters give their season predictions for the teams they cover. These projections were made independent of each other, so the total number of wins and losses are not equal. For projected records based on statistical analysis that picks a winner for every game, see our 2014 NFL season preview. Game-by-game picks: NFC | AFC

NFC EAST

Eagles (11-5): There are reasons to predict a less successful record for the Eagles: The rest of the division is working to improve; that first-place schedule is a bit more difficult. But there's no reason to believe Chip Kelly isn't a smart, effective NFL head coach. I just don't see him taking a step back. -- Phil Sheridan

Cowboys (8-8): Nothing says history like a fourth consecutive eight-win season. The Cowboys' offense should be among the NFL's best. The defense could be among the NFL's worst. It all adds up to .500. Again. -- Todd Archer

Giants (7-9): Give them a 3-3 division record, home wins against Atlanta and Houston and road wins in Jacksonville and Tennessee, and that makes seven. I think Tom Coughlin can coach his way to an eighth win, but they'd need a lot of breaks and a lot of offensive players to exceed that total. -- Dan Graziano

Redskins (7-9): Robert Griffin III's development will lead to highs and lows, but as long as he finishes strong, there's definite hope for the future. The defense could be fine if it limits big plays (and gets help from special teams and fewer turnovers by the offense). But the big question remains durability for a unit that has five potential starters who are 30 or older. -- John Keim


NFC WEST

Seahawks (13-3): Thirteen wins should be good enough to win the NFC West. And this team has the best chance to win consecutive Super Bowls since the Patriots did it 10 years ago. -- Terry Blount

49ers (12-4): This is a loaded, veteran team with few major flaws. The Super Bowl is the focus. They know wins must be piled up in the regular season to make that happen. -- Paul Gutierrez

Cardinals (9-7): The defense, although decimated by losses to three of its starters from a year ago, is still a solid unit, especially in the secondary. And the offense has improved and is strong enough to carry the team to at least nine wins. -- Josh Weinfuss

Rams (6-10): Losing QB Sam Bradford takes this team from the type capable of making a playoff run if things fall right to one that's probably 8-8 only under ideal circumstances. The Rams will be competitive with Shaun Hill under center, but it's going to be difficult for them to take the leap they'd hoped to make against a brutal schedule with a backup quarterback. -- Nick Wagoner


NFC NORTH

Packers (12-4): From 2009 to 2012, the Packers averaged 11.75 wins per season. They likely would have hit that mark -- or higher -- last season had quarterback Aaron Rodgers not broken his collarbone in Week 9 and missed the next seven games. If Rodgers stays healthy this year, they will reach that total and be set up for a deep playoff run. -- Rob Demovsky

Bears (10-6): This year's edition of the Bears isn't a rebuilding project. They're built to win now, which is why the team overhauled the X's and O's of the scheme with proven veterans and other players set to hit the sweet spot of their careers. I'm expecting at least 10 wins -- 11 or 12 if everything falls right. -- Michael C. Wright

Lions (8-8): With questions at receiver and in the secondary, with a new coaching staff and with a rough second-half schedule, Jim Caldwell goes 8-8 in his first year. The Lions -- and yes, this will sound familiar -- start off strong with a rough second half due to the schedule and lack of depth at certain positions. -- Michael Rothstein

Vikings (7-9): It wouldn't shock me to see Mike Zimmer -- who has fared well against Tom Brady and Rodgers in the past -- steal a game from the Patriots or Packers. Zimmer's defense should improve as the year goes on and with more stability on offense, 7-9 would have to be viewed as a step in the right direction. -- Ben Goessling


NFC SOUTH

Saints (11-5): I'm a little more conservative because of those one or two off days that always sneak up. But the Saints are absolutely in the mix for the NFC's top seed and are the clear favorites in the NFC South. -- Mike Triplett

Panthers (10-6): With the entire front seven returning from the league's second-ranked defense, Carolina will be in most games. And the roster turnover at wide receiver, which seems to influence most opinions about the offense, won't be a factor if Kelvin Benjamin plays like he did in the preseason. -- David Newton

Falcons (9-7): I see the Falcons going 9-7, which won't be good enough to win the NFC South. With help, maybe they'll be in contention for one of the two wild-card berths. Then again, the NFC wild-card teams had double-digit wins last season. -- Vaughn McClure

Buccaneers (8-8): The Bucs' defense is good enough to keep them in just about any game. If the offense produces, the Bucs could be better than .500. -- Pat Yasinskas


AFC EAST

Patriots (12-4): The Patriots remain the class of the AFC East and should once again be in the playoff mix, posting double-digit wins in the regular season. Then the question becomes whether they're healthy and built to last in the playoffs. This team has Super Bowl potential. -- Mike Reiss

Jets (9-7): Except for the secondary, they should be better at every position. If quarterback Geno Smith slashes his interception total by a third (21 to 14), they will finish with nine wins. -- Rich Cimini

Dolphins (8-8): The Dolphins are better in some areas, but it will be a struggle to overcome their tougher strength of schedule and major weaknesses, such as linebacker and the offensive line. -- James Walker

Bills (7-9): The Bills probably aren't ready to be serious contenders, but they're not at the bottom of the barrel either. This team won six games last season with a carousel at quarterback and no Sammy Watkins at receiver. -- Mike Rodak


AFC WEST

Broncos (12-4): The schedule is daunting with road games against five playoff teams from a year ago. The Broncos are deep, they have Peyton Manning in an offense that may have improved, and they won 13 games last year despite five defensive starters being on injured reserve by the time they went to the Super Bowl. -- Jeff Legwold

Chargers (10-6): If San Diego remains healthy, the defense should be better than last year's unit, which played pretty well in the backstretch of 2013, helping the Chargers make a surprising postseason run. San Diego has several playmakers on offense and should put up enough points each week for this team to compete with Denver for the top spot in the AFC West. -- Eric D. Williams

Chiefs (8-8): A win total somewhere between seven and nine sounds about right for the Chiefs. They aren't as good as their 9-0 start from last season and not as bad as their 2-6 finish. A difficult schedule dictates a lesser win total than in 2013. -- Adam Teicher

Raiders (6-10): The veteran leadership the team acquired should help late in the season. The talent on the roster is much improved, but I'm not sure if it translates to many more victories with such a killer schedule. Still, the Raiders should be able to make progress in the win column. -- Bill Williamson


AFC NORTH

Steelers (10-6): The good news is an offense that averaged just fewer than 28 points per game in the final eight games of 2013 is poised to be even better this season. And a defense that has been overhauled the past few years is considerably faster, though cornerback could be a problem after the Steelers didn't do much to try to upgrade that position. -- Scott Brown

Bengals (10-6): After watching new offensive coordinator Hue Jackson at work in training camp and preseason games, I think the Bengals can get to 10 wins. Andy Dalton and A.J. Green should take this team to the playoffs again. -- Coley Harvey

Ravens (9-7): It's not out of the question to think the Ravens can get six wins playing the AFC South and NFC South, two of the weaker divisions in the NFL. If the Ravens split in the AFC North, that will put them in playoff contention. -- Jamison Hensley

Browns (6-10): The Browns are a team with major needs at receiver, and without playmakers at that position, they become a much easier team to defend. Combine that with a serious lack of depth, the transition to new systems, uncertainty at the most important position (quarterback) and a brutal early schedule, and getting more than six wins would be reason for celebration. -- Pat McManamon


AFC SOUTH

Colts (11-5): The Colts will win at least five games in the AFC South. They've got to find a way to go at least 3-1 while linebacker Robert Mathis is serving his four-game suspension at the start of the season. Indianapolis could have one of the best offenses in the league if the line blocks. -- Mike Wells

Texans (8-8): A combination of the Texans being better, recovering key players who were injured for half of last season (Brian Cushing, Arian Foster) and the lighter schedule will help the Texans. Unless the Texans get very unlucky; there were too many losses by a touchdown or less for a repeat of last year, or anything close. -- Tania Ganguli

Titans (7-9): The Titans are playing in a weak division and against a schedule that won't be as difficult as last year's. They have better coaching and playcallers than they had when they went 7-9 in 2013. The roster has not changed dramatically. I think they will be right in the middle of the pack. -- Paul Kuharsky

Jaguars (6-10): Even with the tough opening stretch, two games against Indianapolis and the game in London against the Dallas Cowboys, the Jaguars should surpass the four victories they got in 2013. The defense should be better and there are more offensive weapons than the past several years, including second-round pick Marqise Lee and a healthy Marcedes Lewis. -- Michael DiRocco

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