By Andrew Fisher @AndrewFisherRS on May 19, 2014
You can't put a whole lot of stock into future odds. But when Vegas releases the 2014 NFL future win total odds, people pay attention. It's the first look (post-draft) at where teams are projected to finish in the upcoming season, so it's a shot in the dark in many cases. But as always, Veags knows what its doing for the most part.
Here's a look at five teams that are hoping Vegas is wrong:
From 10 wins and being this close to the playoffs in 2013, to seven or eight wins and well out of the playoff picture in 2014. That's where Vegas has the Cardinals next season. It's not crazy, but it's hard to see at the same time.
From the No. 2 seed in the NFC in 2013, to likely out of the playoffs in 2014. Most analysts are projecting a drop for Carolina this season, but four wins?
This one will anger Bears fans, and rightfully so. They were also this close to making the playoffs last season, and that was with a horrible defense. Eight wins for Chicago in 2014 is hard to buy, especially playing in the NFC North.
Speaking of the NFC North, here's another team not projected to do crap next season. Vegas only has the Vikings improving their win total by one in 2014. It's really hard to imagine their defense being horrid again, given that Mike Zimmer is now running the show in Minnesota.
KC fans are hoping like heck that 2014 isn't a back to the drawing board season after such a turnaround in 2013. No one thinks the Chiefs will start the season 9-0 again in 2014, but you still have to consider them realistic playoff contenders.
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