Predicting Every NFL Team’s 2014 Record After the Draft

Predicting Every NFL Team's 2014 Record After the Draft

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With the NFL Draft now over, it’s time to quickly turn our gaze to the season ahead. Every single team feels that they have upgraded their roster to the point where they can make a championship run. Clearly, not every team will have the same optimism late in the season, but as of right now, everyone has a fighting chance. Check out the predictions for every NFL team’s 2014 record after the draft.

Arizona Cardinals

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Arizona Cardinals

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2014 Projected Record: 8-8

The Arizona Cardinals have a secondary that could be very exciting to watch in 2014. The defense is guaranteed to take another step forward, while the offense will continue to be stagnant. That alone will be the reason why the Cardinals take a step backwards this year.

Atlanta Falcons

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Atlanta Falcons

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2014 Projected Record: 6-10

A promising 2014 draft class should do wonders for the Atlanta Falcons down the road. However, that won’t help them too much in 2014 as they are still expected to have a down year.

Baltimore Ravens

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Baltimore Ravens

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2014 Projected Record: 8-8

The addition of C.J. Mosley is a big deal for a defense that needed to get a win after losing so much to free agency. Unfortunately, the offense is still a huge work in progress.

Buffalo Bills

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Buffalo Bills

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2014 Projected Record: 6-10

The addition of Sammy Watkins should help the offense, but the inability to protect E.J. Manuel is still going to cost them.

Carolina Panthers

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Carolina Panthers

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2014 Projected Record: 11-5

The addition of rookie wide out Kelvin Benjamin and offensive guard Trai Turner should give the Carolina Panthers immediate improvements on offense. They may lose one win from last season, but the Panthers will remain one of the teams to beat in the NFC.

Chicago Bears

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Chicago Bears

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2014 Projected Record: 8-8

There’s a good chance the Chicago Bears will be better in 2013, but that will depend largely on Jared Allen getting pressure on quarterbacks. The offense will put up terrifying numbers, but it’s the defense that will hold the team back for the second consecutive season.

Cincinnati Bengals

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Cincinnati Bengals

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2014 Projected Record: 9-7

The addition of cornerback Darqueze Dennard and running back Jeremy Hill will make Cincinnati Bengals fans happy for years to come. The reason their record diminishes is due to the likely drop off on defense with the loss of Michael Johnson and coordinator Mike Zimmer.

Cleveland Browns

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Cleveland Browns

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2014 Projected Record: 7-9

The Cleveland Browns have made some moves this offseason that should excite fans. Unfortunately, we still have to wait and see if the free agency arrivals and draft picks pan out. The potential loss of Josh Gordon for the year would be detrimental to the 2014 season.

Dallas Cowboys

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Dallas Cowboys

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2014 Projected Record: 6-10

It was nice to see the Dallas Cowboys pick up offensive lineman Zack Martin. Also, Demarcus Lawrence has the potential to be a difference maker on the edge. The bottom line is the Cowboys will be lucky to win six games, especially since they really haven’t done much to improve the team from a season ago.

Denver Broncos

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Denver Broncos

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2014 Projected Record: 12-4

The Denver Broncos could get to 13 or 14 wins in 2014, but the fact that they have the projected second hardest schedule means that 12 wins is more accurate. So many key additions in free agency will make the Broncos a likely favorite to land back in the Super Bowl. Not to mention, they conquered some needs in the draft.

Detroit Lions

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Detroit Lions

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2014 Projected Record: 10-6

The addition of Golden Tate and rookie tight end Eric Ebron has to be terrifying for other teams in the NFC North. Matt Stafford, who is no stranger to slinging the ball all over the place, has so many weapons it’s not even funny. As long as there isn’t an embarrassing collapse again, the Lions should win 10 games.

Green Bay Packers

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Green Bay Packers

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2014 Projected Record: 12-4

A dangerous Green Bay Packers team got more lethal due to a stellar draft. Safety Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix is a potential game-changer at a position of need, while wide receiver Davante Adams is a steal in the second round. Giving a healthy Aaron Rodgers more weapons is never a good thing for opponents.

Houston Texans

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Houston Texans

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2014 Projected Record: 9-7

It won’t take much for the Houston Texans to improve on their league-worst record from last season. The Texans should have a big turnaround in 2014 simply due to the fact that there’s too much talent on the roster to play as poorly as they did. Not to mention, the addition of Jadeveon Clowney and Louis Nix III are game changers.

Indianapolis Colts

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Indianapolis Colts

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2014 Projected Record: 13-3

The Indianapolis Colts will enjoy the easiest schedule in 2014 and coast to 13 wins on their way to another division title. Even though their 2014 draft left fans wanting more, there’s enough talent for Indianapolis to do some serious damage in the AFC.

Jacksonville Jaguars

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Jacksonville Jaguars

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2014 Projected Record: 6-10

Blake Bortles is someone who can change the luck of the Jacksonville Jaguars around in a hurry. What might be even more impressive are the additions of wide receivers Marqise Lee and Allen Robinson, who could become big-time playmakers with Bortles for many years to come.

Kansas City Chiefs

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Kansas City Chiefs

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2014 Projected Record: 8-8

Way too many departures and not enough quality pieces to fill the roles will be the downfall of the Kansas City Chiefs in 2014. Kansas City’s draft picks have potential but none of them has the guaranteed look to be a difference maker, at least not right away.

Miami Dolphins

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Miami Dolphins

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2014 Projected Record: 8-8

The Miami Dolphins made progress in the draft. However, their rather difficult schedule is going to make it hard for them to improve on their 2013 record. The good news is there are several players who were drafted who could prove to be stellar assets in the near future.

Minnesota Vikings

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Minnesota Vikings

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2014 Projected Record: 4-12

The Minnesota Vikings are playing a division that is simply out of its league. You have to love the work in the first round selecting pass rusher Anthony Barr and quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. Not to mention, any team with Adrian Peterson is dangerous. Unfortunately, the Vikings have a long ways to go before they will be good again.

New England Patriots

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New England Patriots

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2014 Projected Record: 13-3

The offense will remain as lethal as ever, especially with the return of the Rob Gronkowski. Where this team got better is on defense due to the several key acquisitions in free agency.

New Orleans Saints

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New Orleans Saints

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2014 Projected Record: 12-4

Despite losing Darren Sproles and Lance Moore, the New Orleans Saints still have a high-powered offense led by Drew Brees. Now that the defense is improving tenfold, especially with the addition of Jairus Byrd and Champ Bailey in the secondary, the Saints could be better than ever. The addition of very fast rookie wide receiver Brandin Cooks fits the mold for the Saints offense perfectly.

New York Giants

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New York Giants

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2014 Projected Record: 5-11

The New York Giants have way too many issues that went unfixed in the offseason. Losing key weapons without replacing them in an immediate way is a recipe for disaster. If Eli Manning doesn’t drastically improve from last year, the Giants winning a mere five games is very realistic.

New York Jets

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New York Jets

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2014 Projected Record: 7-9

A rather hard schedule won’t be kind to a team that could very well be worse on defense than they were a year ago. The addition of Chris Johnson, Eric Decker, Michael Vick, rookie Calvin Pryor and several wide receivers in the draft is intriguing. However, it doesn’t appear the Jets will have a good enough secondary to hold the flood gates shut.

Oakland Raiders

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Oakland Raiders

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2014 Projected Record: 5-11

The biggest downfall for the Oakland Raiders is that they will have to face the projected hardest schedule in 2014. The effort in the offseason by management must be applauded, but it won’t be enough to overcome the talent the Raiders must place each week.

Philadelphia Eagles

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Philadelphia Eagles

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2014 Projected Record: 9-7

The Philadelphia Eagles will remain the class of the NFC East, but the division will come down to the wire as usual. A potential dismal draft class combined with the loss of DeSean Jackson means the Eagles will run into their share of problems. However, the rest of the division could find themselves in bigger holes, which will benefit Philadelphia.

Pittsburgh Steelers

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Pittsburgh Steelers

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2014 Projected Record: 11-5

A combination of quality talent in free agency and the draft, plus a potentially easy schedule, gives the Pittsburgh Steelers plenty of reason to be enthusiastic. Don’t be surprised if they win the AFC North in 2014.

San Diego Chargers

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San Diego Chargers

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2014 Projected Record: 7-9

The San Diego Chargers have to be happy with the drafting of cornerback Jason Verrett and outside linebacker Jeremiah Attaochu. Besides from that, the draft class will be a work in progress. The combination of that and not a lot of improvement in the offseason means it will be a down year in San Diego.

San Francisco 49ers

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San Francisco 49ers

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2014 Projected Record: 11-5

Even though the San Francisco 49ers had a good draft, their loss of key players on defense could be detrimental this season. The good news is there’s still enough talent for the 49ers to make another deep run into the playoffs, but time is running out on a Super Bowl title.

Seattle Seahawks

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Seattle Seahawks

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2014 Projected Record: 12-4

The offensive line has issues, but overall, the team is as dangerous as they come. The Seattle Seahawks don’t look to be slowing down anytime soon, even though they did lose some important pieces to the puzzle to free agency. The NFC West will come down to the wire as usual with the Seahawks emerging victorious.

St. Louis Rams

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St. Louis Rams

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2014 Projected Record: 9-7

A solid draft mixed with an offense that has the potential to be very productive in 2014 means the St. Louis Rams could be an outside contender.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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2014 Projected Record: 5-11

The several roster moves should help the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in theory, but it will take time to see a drastic difference in the standings. The one thing the team must truly be happy about is the addition of wide receiver Mike Evans, who will make the offense much better right out of the gate.

Tennessee Titans

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Tennessee Titans

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2014 Projected Record: 5-11

Trouble is always a possibility anytime a team changes a defensive scheme, which is exactly what the Tennessee Titans are doing. Key losses in free agency also won’t help their cause. The good news is a decent draft should do wonders for them down the road. On the downside, it won’t do the team justice this year.

Washington Redskins

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Washington Redskins

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2014 Projected Record: 7-9

The Washington Redskins have made enough necessary moves to believe the team can do drastically better in 2014. Sure, there are some big questions that need to be answered, but if the QB-RB tandem can get back on the same page, the Redskins could be very dangerous.


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  • Ge0vanni

    Manny Paquiao plays football too???

  • Sam

    Wow the vikings addressed every single need and got way better due to the draft and free agency but are projected as the worse team in the league. I’d put money that this won’t be the case at the end of this season