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Late-season predictions for all 32 teams

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NFL Nation reporters give one prediction for each team down the stretch.

AFC EAST

Buffalo Bills

The Bills will miss the playoffs for a 16th consecutive season. The road to the postseason for Buffalo features three NFC East teams and then the Jets to close out the season. But expecting the Bills to win four in a row -- and they likely will need to do that -- to crack the playoff field is anticipating a lot from a team that has put together back-to-back wins only once this season. -- Mike Rodak

Miami Dolphins

Dolphins tailback Lamar Miller will surpass 1,000 rushing yards for the second straight year. It has been an up-and-down season for Miller, who has 680 rushing yards after 12 games, which puts him on pace for a total of 907. But Miller will be the biggest beneficiary of the Dolphins' firing of former offensive coordinator Bill Lazor and promoting Zac Taylor. He got a season-high 20 carries and gained 113 rushing yards in Taylor's first game calling plays this past Sunday. Miller, who averages 4.9 yards per carry this season, will finally get the opportunities needed to surpass 1,000 yards. -- James Walker

New England Patriots

CB Malcolm Butler will be in the mix for a Pro Bowl berth by finishing an already strong season with at least one interception. While he might ultimately be edged out by bigger names, he has shown he's at least worthy of being in the discussion with his play against receivers such as Odell Beckham Jr. and Demaryius Thomas. -- Mike Reiss

New York Jets

The Jets will split their remaining four games to finish 9-7, falling short of the playoffs for the fifth straight year. Ryan Fitzpatrick will close out the year entrenched as the starting quarterback, but he'll fall short of Vinny Testaverde's team record for touchdown passes in a season (29). Fitzpatrick currently trails by seven. -- Rich Cimini

AFC NORTH

Baltimore Ravens

The Ravens will match the franchise's worst record at 4-12 by losing their final four games of the season. Baltimore's four opponents -- Seattle, Kansas City, Pittsburgh and Cincinnati -- are an impressive 16-5 (.761) since the start of November. The Ravens' depleted roster doesn't stand much of a chance against four hot playoff contenders. -- Jamison Hensley

Cincinnati Bengals

Tyler Eifert won't set a new single-season NFL record in touchdown catches by a tight end, but the Bengal will tie the current mark. With 12 scores entering Week 13, Eifert is just five touchdowns shy Rob Gronkowski's record of 17 from 2011. With four games to go, Eifert is on pace to finish with 16. His chances at tying Gronkowski significantly increase if he returns this week from a neck/stinger injury. -- Coley Harvey

Cleveland Browns

Johnny Manziel will end the season with as many questions as he started. The Browns as a team will not be able to adequately overcome injury and the stench of losing, and as a result, they will not be able to get a full evaluation of Manziel. -- Pat McManamon

Pittsburgh Steelers

Steelers will have two 1,000-yard receivers in the same season for the first time since Mike Wallace and Antonio Brown in 2011. Brown is already at 1,310, and Martavis Bryant has 623 yards through seven games played, setting a pace of 979 yards. One extra big gain down the sideline and he'll top 1,000. Both players could finish with double-digit receiving touchdowns too. Brown has seven on the year, and Bryant has six. Not even Hines Ward and Plaxico Burress did that together. -- Jeremy Fowler

AFC SOUTH

Houston Texans

J.J. Watt will notch at least 6.5 sacks in his final four games, making this an unprecedented third season with at least 20 sacks. (No other player has more than one such season since the sack became an official stat in 1982.) In his career, Watt has 35 career sacks in 27 games against AFC South opponents, and he's got all three division teams left to play. -- Tania Ganguli

Indianapolis Colts

Running back Frank Gore's streak of 1,000-yard rushing seasons will come to an end at four. Gore, who has rushed for 702 yards this season, needs to average 74.5 yards a game in the Colts' final four contest to extend his streak. He has topped that average only four times this season, including just once in the past six games. -- Mike Wells

Jacksonville Jaguars

Blake Bortles will have the greatest season by a quarterback in Jaguars history. He already owns the record with 27 TD passes (and counting) and is on pace to throw for 4,365 yards. That's two yards shy of Mark Brunell's record of 4,367 yards in 1996. -- Mike DiRocco

Tennessee Titans

Marcus Mariota will set a new rookie record for touchdown passes. He has 19 in 10 games. At that pace, he'd get the seven he needs to match Peyton Manning (1998) and Russell Wilson (2012) at 26. But he'll find at least one more and take the top line in the record book for himself. -- Paul Kuharsky

AFC WEST

Denver Broncos

LB Von Miller won't win the league's defensive player of the year award, but he will deserve to be in the conversation. In a season when he has faced more double-teams than at any point in his career, Miller is the most dynamic playmaker on a unit that leads the league in total defense, sacks and pass defense. The Broncos feature savvy players with speed and athleticism all over the formation, but Miller is the starting point for opposing offenses. -- Jeff Legwold

Kansas City Chiefs

Cornerback Marcus Peters will win rookie defensive player of the year. Peters not only leads the Chiefs in interceptions with five, but they all seem to come at crucial moments. His play-making ability has greatly helped a defense that failed to create turnovers last year. -- Adam Teicher

Oakland Raiders

Derek Carr will not throw more than three interceptions in the team's final four games. Carr has been very good this season, but he imploded in Week 13 against Kansas City, tossing three picks in the fourth quarter as the Raiders saw a lead turn into a 14-point loss. Carr went into the quarter with just six interceptions all season. Expect for him to quickly revert to his previous form. -- Bill Williamson

San Diego Chargers

After going 3-9 to start the season, the Chargers won't win a game for the rest of the year. San Diego finishes with three of its last four games on the road against the AFC West. The Chargers haven't won a game inside their division in more than a year, and lost to all three AFC West teams at home this season by an average of 17 points. San Diego faces what could be the franchise's final game at Qualcomm Stadium against the Dolphins on Dec. 20. The Chargers lost to the Dolphins in Miami last season, 37-0. -- Eric D. Williams

NFC EAST

Dallas Cowboys

A Cowboys cornerback will have an interception this season. That doesn't seem like a bold prediction? Well, a Cowboys cornerback has not had a pick in the past 501 passes thrown by opposing quarterbacks. Brandon Carr hasn't had an interception since Thanksgiving ... of 2013. Morris Claiborne hasn't had a pick in his past 11 games. The most recent corner with an interception was Orlando Scandrick in Week 14 last year against the Chicago Bears. He is out for the year with a knee injury. At some point a cornerback has to come away with a pick. They have four games to prove this prediction right. -- Todd Archer

New York Giants

The Giants will win Monday Night's game in Miami but then lose their final three games of the season to finish at 6-10 for the second year in a row. That will give the Giants three straight losing seasons for the first time since 1978-80 and will naturally spark a discussion about changing head coaches. While it's not Tom Coughlin's fault he couldn't do more with one of the league's thinnest rosters, the Giants will begin the process of managing his exit and finding their next head coach. -- Dan Graziano

Philadelphia Eagles

Sam Bradford will make a strong case to remain the Eagles' quarterback after this season. Bradford's contract expires after the season and efforts to work out an extension have been unsuccessful. But as Bradford has improved -- passer rating of 99.3 or better in his past three games, no interceptions since Oct. 25 -- the Eagles' other options at quarterback seem less promising and more risky than sticking with Bradford. -- Phil Sheridan

Washington Redskins

Alfred Morris will play the last four games of his Redskins' career in the next four weeks. Morris is a pending free agent after the season and has rushed for only 494 yards at 3.5 per carry -- both are career lows, by far. Morris didn't even play in the second half of Monday's loss to the New York Giants. The Redskins like his work ethic and character, but they need a more all-around back and do like rookie Matt Jones. -- John Keim

NFC NORTH

Chicago Bears

Jay Cutler will finish 2015 with the highest passer-rating of his career. His previous best is 89.2 in 2013, and right now he sits at 90.1. Cutler didn't look great in Week 13 against the 49ers (18-of-31 for 202 yards and one interception), but expect him to bounce back. He has posted a passer-rating of below 88.4 in only three starts under offensive coordinator Adam Gase. -- Jeff Dickerson

Detroit Lions

Ezekiel Ansah will lead the NFL in sacks. At 12.5 sacks, he's currently one sack behind J.J. Watt for the league lead. He has been close to unstoppable the last three weeks, though, recording 5.5 sacks. It's a little bold considering the Lions still face two of the better pass protecting teams in the league down the stretch (Chicago, St. Louis), but Ansah has been one of the best defensive players in the league over the past month. He has a real shot at leaping Watt down the stretch. -- Michael Rothstein

Green Bay Packers

Aaron Rodgers, who has only five interceptions this season, won't throw another one over the final four games to match his career low for a season. He'll also raise his passer rating from 97.3 to avoid finishing less than 100 for the first time since 2008, his first year as a starter. -- Rob Demovsky

Minnesota Vikings

Adrian Peterson will win his third NFL rushing title. His lead has dwindled to 49 yards over Doug Martin, but after the Vikings' game in Arizona, Peterson faces two teams who have struggled to stop the run (Bears and Giants). What's more, the Vikings play all three of their remaining games in cold weather, meaning they'll be leaning on Peterson to get them to the playoffs. -- Ben Goessling

NFC SOUTH

Atlanta Falcons

Julio Jones, currently leading the NFL with 1,338 receiving yards on 102 receptions, will fall about 100 yards shy of Calvin Johnson's NFL single-season record of 1,964 receiving yards. But Jones will break Marvin Harrison's single-season reception record (143) by averaging 10.5 catches per game over the last four contests. -- Vaughn McClure

Carolina Panthers

Quarterback Cam Newton will win the MVP after helping the Panthers complete an undefeated regular season. He'll continue to complete a high percentage of passes and get his final completion percentage over 60 -- he's at 58.4 now -- and finish with a career-high 34 touchdown passes. He has already eclipsed his single-season high of 24 from 2013. -- David Newton

New Orleans Saints

The New Orleans Saints will finish at 6-10, their worst record in the Sean Payton-Drew Brees era. It's certainly possible that New Orleans (4-8) could rally and finish 7-9 for the fourth time in that 10-year span. The schedule isn't too daunting with road trips to Tampa Bay and Atlanta, plus home dates with Detroit and Jacksonville, and the Saints flashed their potential by playing the undefeated Panthers down to the wire this past Sunday. But the one thing the Saints have been lacking all season is consistency, so it's extremely difficult to predict a 3-1 finish. -- Mike Triplett

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

For the second time in his career, Doug Martin will flirt with the Buccaneers' single-season rushing record but will again fall short. Martin is currently 411 yards from tying the mark of 1,544 yards set by James Wilder in 1984. Martin -- who currently sits at 1,133 -- will surpass his rookie total of 1,454 yards from 2012, but Carolina's defense will keep him from setting the franchise mark in Week 17. -- Rick Brown

NFC WEST

Arizona Cardinals

The Cardinals will win out, finishing with a 14-2 record -- the best mark in franchise history. With four games left, the Cardinals are sitting at 10-2. They have Minnesota on Thursday, followed by Philadelphia, Green Bay and Seattle. All but the Eagles' game is at home. -- Josh Weinfuss

St. Louis Rams

DT Aaron Donald will reach double-digit sacks for the first time in his young career. One of the few bright spots on the Rams, Donald has eight sacks already. I like his chances to get a few more, especially with Seattle and San Francisco still on the docket. Donald has a combined five sacks in six career games against the Seahawks and 49ers. -- Nick Wagoner

San Francisco 49ers

Blaine Gabbert will continue to play well enough to push the conversation that he should be the 49ers' starting QB in 2016. Beating the Browns this weekend and the Rams in the season finale will help push that narrative, even as many observers see Gabbert as more of a "bridge" QB for whomever the team drafts this spring. Cal underclassman Jared Goff, anyone? -- Paul Gutierrez

Seattle Seahawks

Russell Wilson will finish the season as the NFL's highest-rated passer. He's currently third (106.2) behind Andy Dalton (107.4) and Carson Palmer (106.3). Wilson is playing the best football of his career, and the Seahawks' next three opponents have a combined record of 10-26. Look for him to continue his tear down the stretch and lead the Seahawks back into the postseason. -- Sheil Kapadia