Predicting Every NFL Team’s Final 2014 Record Before Training Camp

Predicting Every NFL Team's Final 2014 Record Before Training Camp

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With NFL Training Camps beginning shortly, it’s now time to make some predictions for each NFL team's 2014 record. All 32 NFL teams have high hopes heading into the 2014 season, but not every team will be celebrating by season's end. Here now are the predictions for each NFL team’s 2014 record before training camps begin.

Buffalo Bills

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Buffalo Bills

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2013 Record: 6-10

The Buffalo Bills have a good young nucleus in place, but with questions surrounding DT Marcell Dareus' attitude and the health of QB E.J. Manuel, the Bills are still not ready to contend this season.

2014 Projected Record: 5-11

Miami Dolphins

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Miami Dolphins

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2013 Record: 8-8

Considering how many distractions the Dolphins faced last season, it was a miracle that they actually won eight games. However, 2014 won't be so kind as a questionable running game and poor defense will lead Miami into the basement of the AFC East.

2014 Projected Record: 4-12

New England Patriots

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New England Patriots

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2013 Record: 12-4

The Patriots are primed once again for another Super Bowl run. The injuries and inexperience they fought through last year won’t be an issue in 2014, and the additions of Darrelle Revis and a healthy Rob Gronkowski will keep the Pats on course for yet another great season.

2014 Projected Record: 12-4 (Home Field Advantage)

New York Jets

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New York Jets

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2013 Record: 8-8

With perhaps the worst offense in the NFL last season, the New York Jets still managed to finish .500 with a rookie quarterback and save Rex Ryan's job. The 2014 campaign won't be so kind, as deficiencies on offense and the lack of a true starting cornerback could send Ryan and the Jets toward another disappointing season.

2014 Projected Record: 7-9

Baltimore Ravens

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Baltimore Ravens

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2013 Record: 8-8

A lot has changed since Baltimore's Super Bowl victory two years ago, but nothing for the better. The Ravens will somehow find a way to sneak into the playoffs as a wild card team, but their lack of a running game and inconsistency at quarterback will send them home early.

2014 Projected Record: 10-6 (Wild Card)

Cincinnati Bengals

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Cincinnati Bengals

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2013 Record: 11-5

The Cincinnati Bengals have everything that it takes to be a good team in the NFL except an elite head coach and an elite quarterback. With both Marvin Lewis and Andy Dalton holding back the Bengals, and the loss of both coordinators from a year ago, the Bengals won't be making the playoffs for a fourth-straight year.

2014 Projected Record: 8-8

Cleveland Browns

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Cleveland Browns

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2013 Record: 4-12

Just when the Cleveland Browns had some glimmer of hope with rookie Johnny Manziel, the Browns will likely be without star receiver Josh Gordon for the 2014 season. With a quarterback controversy already beginning to unfold, the 2014 Cleveland Browns will turn into this year's version of the 2012 New York Jets, a team with a lot of preseason hype, but not many wins to show for it.

2014 Projected Record: 4-12

Pittsburgh Steelers

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Pittsburgh Steelers

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2013 Record: 8-8

The Pittsburgh Steelers had a terrible start last season, but bounced back nicely with a 6-2 record in their final eight games. This offseason, the Steelers got younger and faster on defense with the additions of Ryan Shazier and Mike Mitchell in the back seven. The Steelers will take back the AFC North crown in 2014.

2014 Projected Record: 10-6

Houston Texans

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Houston Texans

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2013 Record: 2-14

The bad news for the Houston Texans going into 2014 is that they will be riding a 14-game losing streak heading into Week 1, and might be without disgruntled wide receiver Andre Johnson. The good news, however, is that the past two teams that earned the No. 1 overall pick made the playoffs. Houston will be significantly better this season, but won't be good enough to make the playoffs.

2014 Projected Record: 7-9

Indianapolis Colts

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Indianapolis Colts

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2013 Record: 11-5

On paper, the Indianapolis Colts are easily the best team in the AFC South, and if not for an injury to Reggie Wayne, the Colts could easily have finished with at least a first-round bye last season. With Wayne back and Dwayne Allen returning, the offense gets even more explosive while the defense continues to improve year after year.

2014 Projected Record: 11-5

Jacksonville Jaguars

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Jacksonville Jaguars

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2013 Record: 4-12

For a team that had the worst overall talent of any team in the NFL, the Jaguars overachieved last year in winning four games. The roster is still devoid of major talent, but with Blake Bortles on board instead of Blaine Gabbert at QB, there is finally some excitement in Jacksonville. The Jaguars are still a year or two away from seriously contending, but they are trending up.

2014 Projected Record: 6-10

Tennessee Titans

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Tennessee Titans

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2013 Record: 7-9

With a new head coach in Ken Whisenhunt and a new defensive scheme in place, there will be major changes across the board for the Titans - but not for the better. As long as Jake Locker is behind center, the Titans will be at a disadvantage, and will be looking toward the No. 1 overall pick instead of a playoff berth.

2014 Projected Record: 4-12

Denver Broncos

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Denver Broncos

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2013 Record: 13-3

Last year's Super Bowl runner-up, the Denver Broncos won't experience a Super Bowl hangover this year as long as Peyton Manning is healthy and under center. The Broncos brought in veterans like Aqib Talib, DeMarcus Ware and Emmanuel Sanders to win now, and they are still one of the two best teams in the AFC.

2014 Projected Record: 12-4 (First-Round Bye)

Kansas City Chiefs

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Kansas City Chiefs

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2013 Record: 11-5

The most improved team from 2012 to 2013, the Kansas City Chiefs won't be playing spoilers in 2014. The Chiefs lost a lot of good players from a year ago in LT Branden Albert and CB Brandon Flowers, and didn't address wide receiver at all this offseason. After being a major surprise last season, the Chiefs will be a major disappointment this season.

2014 Projected Record: 7-9

Oakland Raiders

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Oakland Raiders

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2013 Record: 4-12

After looking lost for most of the past decade, the Oakland Raiders finally have a glimmer of hope. Veteran acquisitions like QB Matt Schaub and pass rushers Justin Tuck and LaMarr Woodley will give the Raiders some much needed leadership, but as long as they are in the same division as Denver, San Diego and even Kansas City, Oakland will still finish last.

2014 Projected Record: 5-11

San Diego Chargers

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San Diego Chargers

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2013 Record: 9-7

The Chargers needed a few lucky breaks to reach the postseason last year, but in the playoffs, they destroyed Cincinnati in Cincinnati and gave Denver a run for their money in Denver. The Chargers shored up their secondary by drafting Jason Verrett and adding Brandon Flowers, and QB Phillip Rivers will prove that last year was no fluke as the Chargers earn another wild card berth.

2014 Projected Record: 10-6 (Wild Card)

Dallas Cowboys

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Dallas Cowboys

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2013 Record: 8-8

The Cowboys have played for the NFC East title in the final game of the regular season the past three years, but unless the Cowboys' defense gets elite really fast, the Cowboys will be on the outside looking in. Not even an elite offense featuring Tony Romo, Demarco Murray and Dez Bryant can save the Cowboys from their putrid defense, which didn't get any better this offseason.

2014 Projected Record: 6-10

New York Giants

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New York Giants

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2013 Record: 7-9

If there is a team in the NFL that can't be ignored, it's the New York Giants. After a horrible 0-6 start, the Giants finished 7-9 last year and gained some momentum going into 2014. They will be one of the biggest surprise teams this year, but they won't have enough firepower to dethrone the Eagles atop the NFC East.

2014 Projected Record: 8-8

Philadelphia Eagles

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Philadelphia Eagles

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2013 record: 10-6

Nick Foles will not have another 27-touchdown and two-interception season in 2014 like he did in 2013, and losing DeSean Jackson will hurt even more than the Eagles want to believe. But the Eagles will still have an explosive offense, and the defense, which was shaky last year, will get somewhat better this year, earning them another NFC East title.

2014 Projected Record: 9-7

Washington Redskins

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Washington Redskins

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2013 Record: 3-13

With the Mike Shanahan-Dan Snyder feud now over, the Washington Redskins and new head coach Jay Gruden will look to go from worst to first in the NFC East. Robert Griffin III is back as the starter after Shanahan basically blackballed him at the end of last year. Washington will still struggle this season, largely because the defense is still questionable.

2014 Projected Record: 6-10

Chicago Bears

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Chicago Bears

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2013 Record: 8-8

Marc Trestman and his explosive offense is one of the best in the NFL today, but the defense still has some major concerns heading into 2014. The Bears lost their best pass rusher in Julius Peppers to the Packers and their best corner, Charles Tillman, isn't getting any younger. Still, the Bears will be good enough on defense to earn a wild card berth.

2014 Projected Record: 10-6 (Wild Card)

Detroit Lions

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Detroit Lions

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2013 Record: 7-9

Adding free-agent Golden Tate and drafting tight end Eric Ebron to complement an already stacked offense will help the Lions compete against division rivals like Chicago or Green Bay. However, if the secondary doesn't improve, it won't be enough to dethrone either team. The Lions will be on the outside looking in this season, but their future is bright with Jim Caldwell as their head coach.

2014 Projected Record: 9-7

Green Bay Packers

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Green Bay Packers

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2013 Record: 8-7-1

Despite losing star QB Aaron Rodgers for a significant stretch of the season, the Packers were still able to win the NFC North last year. With Rodgers now healthy, the NFC North is theirs for the taking. The defense significantly improved this offseason with the additions of Julius Peppers and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, and the running game is now one of their biggest strengths with Eddie Lacy.

2014 Projected Record: 11-5

Minnesota Vikings

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Minnesota Vikings

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2013 Record: 5-10-1

Even after drafting a quarterback in the first round in Teddy Bridgewater, the Vikings still don't have a true No. 1 quarterback. The Vikings also lost their best defensive player in Jared Allen this offseason to the Chicago Bears, making the league's worst defense in 2013 even poorer heading into 2014. The Vikings will be competing for the No. 1 pick and nothing else in 2014.

2014 Projected Record: 4-12

Atlanta Falcons

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Atlanta Falcons

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2013 Record: 4-12

The Atlanta Falcons were a huge disappointment last year largely because of injuries and a poor offensive line. This offseason, the Falcons get a fully healthy Julio Jones back at receiver, who can compensate for the retirement of future Hall of Fame TE Tony Gonzalez, and rookie Jake Matthews will help solidify an improving offensive line.

2014 Projected Record: 9-7

Carolina Panthers

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Carolina Panthers

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2013 Record: 12-4

Behind a strong defense and an efficient offense, the Carolina Panthers were a surprise division champion last year, and even secured a first-round bye. This year, however, the Panthers are without their three top receivers from a year ago, and won't sneak up on anyone anymore. For a team that overachieved last year, their offense won't be good enough to get them back into the playoffs.

2014 Projected Record: 8-8

New Orleans Saints

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New Orleans Saints

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2013 Record: 11-5

Quarterback Drew Brees and head coach Sean Payton are still one of the league’s most feared player-coach tandems in the NFL, and Rob Ryan's defense improved drastically last season. With additions like Jairus Byrd, Champ Bailey and Brandin Cooks, the Saints should easily win the NFC South again and contend for at least a first-round bye in the NFC.

2014 Projected Record: 12-4 (First-Round Bye)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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2013 Record: 4-12

The Buccaneers are now turning to Lovie Smith as the man to replace former head coach Greg Schiano, who demoralized most of the franchise. The defense is still solid despite losing Darrelle Revis, and on offense, first-round pick Mike Evans joins Vincent Jackson to give new QB josh McCown two tall targets like he had in Chicago. The Bucs will improve in 2014, but not enough to seriously contend.

2014 Projected Record: 6-10

Arizona Cardinals

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Arizona Cardinals

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2013 Record: 10-6

One of the biggest surprises last year, the Arizona Cardinals finished just outside the wild card hunt at 10-6. The Cardinals have a nice all-around team, but another great season from Carson Palmer isn't likely. Their pass rush and running game also didn't improve this offseason as John Abraham gets a year older, and Andre Ellington is still not a true workhorse at running back.

2014 Projected Record: 8-8

St. Louis Rams

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St. Louis Rams

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2013 Record: 7-9

In the toughest division in football, the St. Louis Rams have been stuck at or near the bottom of the NFC West since Jeff Fisher became head coach. For a team that needed playmakers on offense, the Rams only added rookie Tre Mason and Kenny Britt in free agency. No matter how good the Rams are in the trenches, their inability to score consistently will cost them once again.

2014 Projected Record: 6-10

San Francisco 49ers

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San Francisco 49ers

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2013 Record: 12-4

The 49ers will have to replace most of their starting secondary from a year ago, and their front seven has some age and health concerns. This year, though, the 49ers' offense will break out, especially with Stevie Johnson now in the slot. His arrival will give Colin Kaepernick more confidence in the passing game, and the 49ers will gain home-field advantage in the NFC.

2014 Projected Record: 12-4 (Home-field Advantage)

Seattle Seahawks

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Seattle Seahawks

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2013 Record: 13-3

Despite losing several key contributors from their championship run, the Seahawks are still a powerhouse to be reckoned with. Their record will not be as good as it was last year, but they will be more explosive on offense with a now-healthy Percy Harvin. Seattle still is one of the deepest teams in the league, but another 13-3 year is not likely in a tough division.

2014 Projected Record: 11-5 (Wild Card)


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