Predicting Every NFL Team’s 2018 Season Record

Game-by-game predictions Cleveland Browns Full schedule Predicted record: Getting to the bye at would be an accomplishment given four of their first six games are away from Oakland, including a Week 6 tilt in London against the Seahawks. Once built with smart draft picks, the Seahawks had to go out in free agency this offseason to get parts such as Jaron Brown, Brandon Marshall and Maurice Alexander. They would like to have control of the playoff scenarios early. Thursday, October 18

For the regular season and playoffs, updated after every game.

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Myles Garrett is playing like the first overall pick since his return, but right now, he's all the Browns have going for them. Beathard gets his first start at quarterback.

But their offense is always going to be hit-or-miss. The Bengals looked different in their two wins before their bye, on the watch of new offensive coordinator Bill Lazor. If the mood Ben Roethlisberger is in is positive, that should be good enough.

Do not, not, not trust the Giants yet. The Seahawks come off a bye and a defensive stop of the Rams that kept them above. The entire combination of the way the Falcons lost and the Patriots won an aforementioned questionable negation of a Jets touchdown really bodes poorly for the Falcons. So does the way the Patriots keep surviving having the worst defense in the NFL. The atmosphere in Lincoln Financial Field for a Monday night game against a rival with the team on a red-hot run … the Eagles need to be as ready to handle it as Washington does.

The last time the Packers changed defensive coordinators , they made a five-win improvement. Both of those factors are in play this season and even though they supposedly have the toughest schedule on paper, those other influences are much stronger. Plus, they have a chance to get off to a fast start with three out of their first four games at home and could finish strong with three December home games if they can survive a tough middle stretch.

Packers' road schedule looks tough with coast-to-coast trips Demovsky: Game-by-game predictions Minnesota Vikings Full schedule Predicted record: Road games at Green Bay, Los Angeles and Philadelphia during that stretch won't be the easiest way to usher in the Kirk Cousins era, along with back-to-back games at New England and Seattle in December.

The Vikings enter the season with the league's reigning top defense and get a break toward the end of the regular season with Miami and Chicago at home in the final three weeks. They'll aim to capitalize on their dominant home-field advantage after losing only four games at U. Bank Stadium since it opened in Vikings face tough road back-to-backs, including Rams and Eagles Cronin: But they turn around and start NFC South play with back-to-back home games against the Panthers and Buccaneers, then follow with another home matchup with the Bengals.

At least the Falcons can focus on the division race when they close the season at Carolina and Tampa Bay. Falcons start schedule with showdown against Super Bowl champs McClure: Game-by-game predictions Carolina Panthers Full schedule Predicted record: Those games could be the difference between which team goes and A year ago they both were with the Saints winning the tiebreaker by virtue of three wins against Carolina.

Panthers face potential drama with Saints down stretch Newton: The Saints are a made-for-TV team again, with five prime-time games scheduled for the first time in four years. They'll have to buck their trend of slow starts over the past four years and take advantage of their early schedule, because the final 10 weeks are loaded with likely playoff contenders.

Saints a made-for-TV team again with five prime-time games Triplett: Seven of the Bucs' losses last year came in one-score games with five decided by three points or less or in overtime.

It's not unfathomable for them to rebound from in to in , but that's only if they can take care of business in the NFC South. A healthy Jameis Winston with improved chemistry with DeSean Jackson , a completely revamped defensive line and an improved secondary from the draft can go a long way. Buccaneers' schedule front-loaded with division winners Laine: Between an improved NFC West and a difficult road schedule, this won't be the season the Cardinals get above.

They'll have stretches of difficulty in both halves of the season, but a late-season stretch of games against Green Bay, Atlanta, the Los Angeles Rams and the Seattle Seahawks will make it tough for Arizona to finish on a high note. Early divisional games will dictate Cardinals' season Weinfuss: The Rams will finally get a taste for what a true first-place schedule feels like.

They'll play five prime-time games, two of them on Monday Night Football and one of those from Mexico City. But their travel schedule won't be as brutal as it has been in two prior seasons, and three of their first four games will come at home. Schedule makes it official -- Rams are a prime-time team Gonzalez: Game-by-game predictions San Francisco 49ers Full schedule Predicted record: The 49ers have plenty of buzz after their finish to last season but that also leaves them with much to prove as expectations soar.

Still, the Niners have what looks like a manageable schedule and one that is particularly team-friendly on the back end. If San Francisco can have a strong draft and keep quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo healthy, it has a chance to be in the postseason mix until the season's final days.

Game-by-game predictions Seattle Seahawks Full schedule Predicted record: Seattle's schedule is tied for the fifth-toughest in terms of opponents' winning percentage, and the Rams are the clear favorites in the NFC West. But anyone assuming the Seahawks will bottom out after their campaign and an offseason of key departures is forgetting everything they still have -- such as a Super Bowl-winning QB in Russell Wilson , an All-Pro middle linebacker in Bobby Wagner and, for now at least, arguably the game's best safety in Earl Thomas.

If the Seahawks trade Thomas, might seem more realistic -- especially if they send him to the Cowboys, whom Seattle will host in Week 3. Seahawks' schedule shows they still have prime-time appeal Henderson: Who starts at quarterback for Buffalo remains to be seen -- AJ McCarron or a rookie draft pick -- but no matter what, the first half of Buffalo's schedule will be grueling.

They play five of their first seven games on the road, and then return home to face the long-dominant Patriots. Returning to the playoffs in will probably require a bounce-back second half of the season. Road-heavy start to schedule will test Bills' new QB Rodak: Game-by-game predictions Miami Dolphins Full schedule Predicted record: The return of Ryan Tannehill should help Miami bounce back from a lost , but the roster has seen too many changes to assume Adam Gase can get back to the playoffs after making the postseason as a first-year coach in The Dolphins feel like a middling team teetering on another rebuild.

Late-season games hosting the Patriots and Jaguars, and on the road against Minnesota, could determine their season. December matchups could be a turning point for Adam Gase's Dolphins Rodak: If everything goes according to plan, they will be ready to make their patented late-season push.

But one thing that showed up in , and bears watching this year, is that the first month of the season was essentially an extension of the Patriots' preseason they were , and one could say were fortunate not to be So an overall prediction of , which is below the team's normal standard, takes that into account while also considering that five of the team's first nine games are scheduled for prime time.

A Monday night game in Buffalo on Oct. Late-season schedule has familiar look for the Patriots Reiss: Still rebuilding, the Jets are headed to their third consecutive losing season and eighth consecutive year out of the playoffs.

On paper, they have one of the easiest schedules, which should allow them to hang around until December. In other words, when do they start playing for ?


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