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Updated 2012 Team Win-Loss Record Predictions for NFL Week 7

Jon DoveContributor IOctober 9, 2016

Updated 2012 Team Win-Loss Record Predictions for NFL Week 7

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    As each week in the NFL passes a clearer picture is painted. Teams like the Atlanta Falcons, New York Giants and Green Bay Packers have made statements that they are legitimate Super Bowl contenders. On the other hand, the Kansas City Chiefs and Oakland Raiders showed they'll be in the running for the No. 1 pick in the draft.

    This past week also featured several injuries that impact the future of a few teams. The Baltimore Ravens defense won't be the same without Lardarius Webb and Ray Lewis.

    Check out the rest of the article to see updated predictions for each team's final win-loss record.

New York Giants

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    Current Record: 4-2

    Projected Record: 12-4

    Trending: Up

    This past weekend, the New York Giants made a statement with their win over the San Francisco 49ers. New York controlled the line of scrimmage and out-muscled a very physical 49ers team. The most impressive part of the performance was Ahmad Bradshaw's 116 rushing yards.

    New York's ability to establish a solid running game will play a major role moving forward. Stopping the combination of Eli Manning, Hakeem Nicks, Victor Cruz and Bradshaw will be a difficult task for any defense.

    The rest of the schedule for the Giants is very tough. They have home games against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Green Bay Packers and New Orleans Saints. New York also has to play the Atlanta Falcons and Baltimore Ravens on the road.

    It's also important to remember that the NFC East is one of the tougher divisions in football, especially with the emergence of Robert Griffin III and the Washington Redskins.

    Despite the tough schedule, New York possesses the talent to have a strong finish. The improving health of the secondary will be a key factor moving forward.

Philadelphia Eagles

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    Current Record: 3-3

    Projected Record: 10-6

    Trending: Down

    Michael Vick and Andy Reid are a perfect match, as both bring a lot of ups and downs. This lack of stability is the main reason the Philadelphia Eagles look like a different team each week. There's enough talent on this team to make a strong playoff run, but the combination of Reid and Vick is the key.

    Vick needs to do a better job protecting the football and taking what the defense gives him. Reid must push for an offensive game plan that features LeSean McCoy and a short passing game. This would help cut down on the mistakes.

    Philadelphia has a very manageable schedule the rest of the way. It faces struggling teams such as the Cincinnati Bengals, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Carolina Panthers. These are all games the Eagles should be able to win.

    However, they'll have a tough time pulling off victories if they keep playing sloppy football.

Washington Redskins

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    Current Record: 3-3

    Projected Record: 8-8

    Trending: Steady

    Robert Griffin III has the Washington Redskins playing good football. His playmaking ability gives the Redskins a very explosive offense. However, it's the way he avoids turnovers that really makes a difference.

    The keys to how well Washington finishes the season are Griffin's health and the play of the defense. Washington is taking a major risk by calling so many designed quarterback runs. This opens Griffin to a lot of hits increasing the chance of injury.

    Washington's defense is allowing over 30 points per game. It is allowing the most passing yards per game in the NFL. It's because of this that the health of Griffin is even more important.

    The Redskins have taken a step forward in the rebuilding process, but still have holes at a few key spots. Those holes will be the reason Washington fails to make a run at the playoffs. However, there's plenty to be optimistic about for the Redskins.

Dallas Cowboys

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    Current Record: 2-3

    Projected Record: 6-10

    Trending: Down

    The Dallas Cowboys continue to find ways to lose football games. At some point, Jerry Jones needs to consider making major changes to both the roster and coaching staff. Football isn't an individual sport; it takes leadership and teamwork to excel.

    Things for the Cowboys continue to get worse, as it looks like DeMarco Murray will miss a few games with a foot injury. This will put more pressure on Tony Romo and the offensive line to perform.

    One good thing for Dallas is the fact that most of the NFC East is playing .500 football. Only the New York Giants have looked like a team poised to make a run at the playoffs. Basically, this means the Cowboys still have a chance to squeak into the playoffs.

    However, it would take a major turnaround for them to earn a playoff berth.

Chicago Bears

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    Current Record: 4-1

    Projected Record: 11-5

    Trending: Up

    Despite some up-and-down performances by the offense, the Chicago Bears are sitting on top of the NFC North. The main reason the Bears are in this position is because of the play of the defense. This unit is generating a lot of turnovers and hasn't allowed more than 23 points in a game.

    The strong play of the defense has also allowed the offense to work out some of the kinks. It helped keep negative attention from swelling and developing into a controversy.

    Chicago's main worry surrounds the play of the offensive line. The unit needs to do a better job avoiding penalties and keeping Jay Cutler upright.

    The Bears' schedule is pretty balanced from here on out. They have tough games against the Houston Texans, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks and Green Bay Packers. However, they also have winnable games against the Carolina Panthers and Tennessee Titans.

Green Bay Packers

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    Current Record: 3-3

    Projected Record: 10-6

    Trending: Up

    The Green Bay Packers have been one of the more confusing teams so far this season. One week they dominate the Houston Texans and look great. Another week they allow the lowly Indianapolis Colts to come back from an 18-point deficit.

    A major reason for the inconsistent play is the struggles of the offensive line. This group isn't doing a good job providing a clean pocket for Aaron Rodgers. Too often he's faced with immediate pressure that disrupts the timing of the offense. This group needs to get better if the Packers hope to win the NFC North.

    Another concern is the rushing attack, as the duo of Alex Green and James Starks doesn't offer much upside. Establishing a running game is one of the ways Green Bay can help the offensive line. However, it just doesn't have the talented running backs needed to make that happen.

    Overall, the Packers remain a solid team because of the presence of Aaron Rodgers. However, their issues need to be addressed sooner rather than later.

Minnesota Vikings

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    Current Record: 4-2

    Projected Record: 9-7

    Trending: Down

    The Minnesota Vikings have been one of the biggest surprises of the season. They've been riding the play of Christian Ponder, Percy Harvin, Adrian Peterson and an improving defense. However, there's a good chance this hot start will fade.

    Minnesota has had one of the easier schedules in the NFL so far. It's had a chance to play the Jacksonville Jaguars, Indianapolis Colts and Tennessee Titans. Even the win against the Detroit Lions doesn't say too much, as Detroit has struggled this season.

    Things will start to get much tougher as Minnesota is forced to face the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers twice. The Vikings also have to play Houston Texans and Seattle Seahawks on the road.

    Even if they have a poor second half of the season the Vikings should feel good about their progress.The development of Ponder and others provides optimism for the future.

Detroit Lions

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    Current Record: 2-3

    Projected Record: 7-9

    Trending: Down

    Despite a disappointing start to the season, the Detroit Lions have the talent to make a run at the playoffs. The combination of Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson possess the potential to lead Detroit on a long winning streak.

    However, the key to Detroit's season will be the play of the defense, especially the secondary. Health is the biggest issue facing the secondary at this point. The unit is just now getting Chris Houston and Louis Delmas back in the lineup.

    Still, even when fully healthy the Lions secondary isn't very talented. It is going to have a tough time dealing with the likes of Brandon Marshall, Jordy Nelson and Percy Harvin.

    The scuffling defense will force Stafford to play like he did last season, which he's struggled to do. He has only thrown four touchdown passes this season.

Atlanta Falcons

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    Current Record: 6-0

    Projected Record: 13-3

    Trending: Up

    The Atlanta Falcons look like the most dominant team in football. They combine an opportunistic defense and an explosive offense. Matt Ryan's ability to take the next step in his develop is the main reason for Atlanta's hot start.

    Unfortunately, the schedule for the Falcons is pretty tough from here on out. They have road games against the Philadelphia Eagles, New Orleans Saints and Detroit Lions. Home games against the Dallas Cowboys, Arizona Cardinals and New York Giants will also be tough to win.

    Such a tough schedule means Atlanta is sure to drop a game or two. However, there's no reason to believe this team won't be in contention for the No. 1 playoff seed.

New Orleans Saints

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    Current Record: 1-4

    Projected Record: 11-5

    Trending: Up

    The New Orleans Saints will really benefit from their bye week and the fact they headed into it on a positive note. Despite the terrible start to the season, the Saints have more than enough talent to work their way back into the playoff race.

    Joe Vitt's return from suspension will be a key to the Saints' second-half improvement. He's a fiery leader who'll help keep the team motivated. His return will have a bigger impact on the defensive side of the ball.

    Improving the play of the defense is the only way New Orleans can salvage the season. The defense must find a way to avoid giving up points early in the game. This would allow the offense to run the ball and control the clock. The more time the offense has the ball the more rest the defense will get.

Carolina Panthers

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    Current Record: 1-4

    Projected Record: 4-12

    Trending: Down

    It's now obvious that the only reason the Carolina Panthers were able to win six games last season was because of Cam Newton. With Newton struggling this season, the Panthers look like a team that will struggle to hit the five-win mark.

    Outside of Newton, the Panthers also have problems on the defensive side of the ball. Opponents are averaging over 370 yards of total offense per game. The fact is this defense isn't talented enough to overcome the lack of offensive efficiency.

    Carolina needs Newton to work through his struggles and remain poised. The Panthers can't afford to have him pouting on the sideline. Things won't get much easier for Newton as he has games remaining against teams with tough secondaries like the Chicago Bears, Philadelphia Eagles, Dallas Cowboys, Atlanta Falcons and San Diego Chargers.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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    Current Record: 2-3

    Projected Record: 4-12

    Trending: Steady

    The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are a team going through a rebuilding process. Greg Schiano has the team playing hard, but the fact is it doesn't have the right pieces to make a run at the playoffs. Lacking an explosive offense and having a terrible pass defense is a recipe for disaster.

    This situation is only made worse by the fact the Buccaneers are in the same division as Matt Ryan and Drew Brees. They just don't have the offensive firepower to keep up with high-scoring New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons offenses.

    For the rest of the season, Tampa Bay should put most of its focus on figuring out which players are building blocks for the future. This includes quarterback Josh Freeman, who continues to produce up-and-down performances.

San Francisco 49ers

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    Current Record: 4-2

    Projected Record: 12-4

    Trending: Down

    Despite this past weekend's hiccup against the New York Giants, the San Francisco 49ers remain one of the top teams in the NFL. Their talent along both the defensive and offensive lines are the main reasons they find success.

    This is a team that can consistently win in the trenches, which is why it can typically overcome average play by Alex Smith. The regular season is the one stretch where a good defensive team can mask an offense's limitations.

    Outside of games against the Chicago Bears, New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks (twice), the 49ers have a manageable schedule.

Seattle Seahawks

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    Current Record: 4-2

    Projected Record: 11-5

    Trending: Up

    The Seattle Seahawks' home-field advantage will play a major role in how the rest of the season plays out. This team gets a real boast from playing behind such a passionate fanbase. With five home games remaining, the Seahawks have a real chance at making a playoff run.

    Seattle's remaining road schedule is also pretty manageable, especially the games against the Miami Dolphins and Buffalo Bills.

    However, the key to the Seahawks' season is the development of Russell Wilson. So far, he has shown a lot of poise and big-play ability. Because of the strength of the Seahawks defense, Seattle has the potential to overcome some of Wilson's rookie mistakes.

Arizona Cardinals

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    Current Record: 4-2

    Projected Record: 7-9

    Trending: Down

    The Arizona Cardinals have the play of their defense to thank for the strong start of their season. Arizona has been able to overcome some average offensive play because of the defense's 13 turnovers. Moving forward, the Cardinals need the defense to continue its strong play if they hope to remain in the playoff hunt.

    Outside the play of the defense, Kevin Kolb deserves a lot of credit. His ability to extend plays, deal with pressure and still make accurate throws is impressive. However, the poor play along the offensive line has resulted in another injury for Kolb. He's expected to miss several weeks with a significant rib injury.

    Replacement John Skelton doesn't possess anywhere close to the type of mobility of Kolb. The Cardinals face a lot of teams with strong pass rushes in the coming weeks. There's five teams on their remaining schedule that currently rank in the top 10 in sacks.

    Arizona's defense will keep some games close, but the offense is really going to struggle to move the ball. This will eventually take its toll on the defense.

St. Louis Rams

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    Current Record: 3-3

    Projected Record: 6-10

    Trending: Steady

    The St. Louis Rams are playing competitive football despite having a roster filled with young and inexperienced players. Jeff Fisher has developed a game plan that focuses on controlling the clock and playing strong defense.

    He also relies on his defense to generate turnovers. Thanks to Janoris Jenkins and Cortland Finnegan, St. Louis is tied for fifth in the league with eight interceptions. These turnovers provide a less-than-stellar offense with more opportunities.

    The Rams just don't have the overall talent level to make a playoff push this season. They'll be in plenty of close games, but the lack of offensive firepower limits their ability to pull off a high number of wins.

    However, the moves they made this past offseason set them up for the future. The draft-day trade with the Washington Redskins gives St. Louis two first-round picks the next two seasons.

New England Patriots

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    Current Record: 3-3

    Projected Record: 11-5

    Trending: Down

    The New England Patriots' biggest issue this season is its struggles closing out games. All of their losses have come because of a failure to make key plays in the game's final minutes. Bill Belichick is too good of a coach to allow this to continue.

    These miscues include a missed field goal as time expired, allowing the Baltimore Ravens to score 10 points in the final four minutes and giving up a 46-yard touchdown pass against the Seattle Seahawks with 1:18 to go. Each of these situations is uncharacteristic of a Belichick-coached team.

    The rest of New England's schedule only features two tough games: against the Houston Texans and San Francisco 49ers. This team shouldn't have much trouble winning games against the likes of the New York Jets, St. Louis Rams, Buffalo Bills, Indianapolis Colts, Miami Dolphins and Jacksonville Jaguars.

Buffalo Bills

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    Current Record: 3-3

    Projected Record: 8-8

    Trending: Steady

    The Buffalo Bills made enough roster moves this offseason to raise expectations. Adding the likes of Mario Williams, Cordy Glenn, Mark Anderson and Stephon Gilmore should've been enough to dramatically improve from last season's team.

    However, this season has been nothing but a major disappointment. The problems on the defensive side of the ball are troublesome. A team featuring a defensive line with Williams, Kyle Williams, Marcell Dareus and Anderson should be playing at a much higher level.

    Opposing offenses are averaging over 30 points per game against this defense. However, Ryan Fitzpatrick's eight interceptions are a major contributor to this problem. It's becoming more obvious that the Bills need to start looking in a different direction at quarterback.

    Fitzpatrick just isn't talented enough to overcome the Bills' issues on defense. He'll continue to throw interceptions if he's forced to play from behind.

Miami Dolphins

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    Current Record: 3-3

    Projected Record: 7-9

    Trending: Up

    Joe Philbin and the entire Miami Dolphins coaching staff is doing a great job this season. They've found a way to get the most out of a roster that doesn't feature a lot of top-end talent. The fact that Miami has looked so good with a rookie quarterback is even more impressive.

    Philbin and Mike Sherman deserve a lot of credit for the way they've developed Tannehill. Their game plan has helped the young quarterback make plays and limit his mistakes. However, the strong performance of the defense has also played an important role.

    This unit is keeping games close and providing Tannehill with extra possessions because of the turnovers it's creating.

    Moving forward, the Dolphins have a very realistic shot of winning every game except for two. They'll be overmatched when they play the New England Patriots and San Francisco 49ers.

New York Jets

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    Current Record: 3-3

    Projected Record: 5-11

    Trending: Steady

    Despite a few solid games, the New York Jets continue to look like a team with average talent. They've shown that when they put it all together they can win football games. However, most of the roster consists of inconsistent players.

    Outside of last week's breakout performance, Shonn Greene has only managed to average 43 yards per game. This lack of production doesn't mesh well with a quarterback who's only completing 49.7 percent of his passes. Mark Sanchez just doesn't have the talent needed to be a long-term starter in the NFL.

    The struggles on offense have put a lot of pressure on the Jets defense. This unit is wearing down late in games and allowing the opponents to effectively run the football.

    There's only three games remaining on the Jets schedule in which they're the clear-cut favorite. Even those games are a bit of a question mark, as the St. Louis Rams and Tennessee Titans have looked better as of late.

Baltimore Ravens

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    Current Record: 5-1

    Projected Record: 11-5

    Trending: Down

    The season-ending injuries to Ray Lewis and Lardarius Webb create more holes in a defense missing several key parts. This is a unit that's already dealing with the loss of Terrell Suggs and Jarret Johnson, two players who were a key part of the team's success.

    These injuries will only hurt the play of a defense that's already in decline. So far this season, the Baltimore Ravens have allowed a total of 2,380 offensive yards, which is the fifth-worst mark in the league.

    Luckily for the Ravens, Joe Flacco and the offense have increased their production. Outside of the game against the Kansas City Chiefs, Baltimore has topped the 23-point mark in each of its games. The Ravens will need to continue putting points on the board if they hope to overcome the injuries on defense.

Pittsburgh Steelers

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    Current Record: 2-3

    Projected Record: 10-6

    Trending: Down

    The Pittsburgh Steelers have to be disappointed by the way the season has started. Losing to both the Oakland Raiders and Tennessee Titans is unacceptable for a team looking to make a playoff push. The major issues surrounding this team include a lack of a running game, injuries to the offensive line and the defense's inability to create turnovers.

    Historically, the Steelers have been a team that features a strong defense that excels at generating turnovers. So far this season, Pittsburgh has only produced six total turnovers.

    The issues on defense are combined with sloppy play on offense. Injuries along the offensive line have led to a lot of pressure on Ben Roethlisberger. The only reason this unit doesn't lead the league in sacks allowed is because Roethlisberger does a great job escaping pressure.

    Inconsistent play at the running back position isn't helping the offensive line. Pittsburgh is the second worst team in the NFL in rushing yards, averaging only 74 per game.

    The positives for the Steelers include the injuries plaguing the Baltimore Ravens and a manageable schedule. Baltimore will struggle to deal with the losses of Ray Lewis and Lardarius Webb, which opens the door for Pittsburgh to make a push in the AFC North.

Cincinnati Bengals

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    Current Record: 3-3

    Projected Record: 8-8

    Trending: Down

    The main reason the Cincinnati Bengals are playing mediocre football is because of the decline of the defense. This is a unit that was among the league's best last season, but now ranks in the middle of the road in every major category.

    Because of the struggles on defense, Andy Dalton has been forced to attempt 26 more passes than he did at this point last season. That's a lot of pressure being put on a young quarterback who's still developing. As a result, Dalton is forcing balls into coverage in an attempt to make plays.

    The rest of the Bengals schedule features a lot of opportunistic defenses capable of creating turnovers. Teams like the Pittsburgh Steelers, Denver Broncos, New York Giants, Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles and Baltimore Ravens all do a good job confusing young quarterbacks.

Cleveland Browns

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    Current Record: 1-5

    Projected Record: 3-13

    Trending: Steady

    Each week, the Cleveland Browns' cast of young talent is makes strides. This is particularly true for quarterback Brandon Weeden. His improved decision-making and ability to attack the deep part of the field have helped Cleveland play better overall football.

    Helping Weeden's development has been the emergence of Josh Gordon as a vertical threat. His three touchdowns in the past two games helped open other opportunities for the offense. Increased explosiveness in the passing game should help Trent Richardson find more running room.

    However, this team is still a long way away from consistently playing competitive football. It just doesn't have the experience or overall talent to improve on last year's win total.

    Of the remaining games on the schedule, only the ones against the Oakland Raiders and Kansas City Chiefs appear winnable.

Houston Texans

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    Current Record: 5-1

    Projected Record: 14-2

    Trending: Down

    Because of the dominant play of its defense, the Houston Texans have a legitimate chance to win the rest of the games on their schedule. The defense is complemented by an offense that rarely turns the ball over and features a strong running game. It's this balance that makes Houston such a difficult team to defeat.

    There isn't a single team left on Houston's schedule that features more talent. Only the Chicago Bears, Baltimore Ravens and New England Patriots even come close. Houston's pass rush should give it the edge against both the Bears and Patriots, while the injuries to the Ravens defense will make it tough to stop Arian Foster and company.

Indianapolis Colts

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    Current Record: 2-3

    Projected Record: 6-10

    Trending: Down

    The Indianapolis Colts might have the easiest remaining schedule of any team in the NFL. They have two games against the Tennessee Titans and one game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Cleveland Browns and Kansas City Chiefs.

    Indianapolis has a very realistic chance to pull off a victory in each of those games. The key to its chances is Andrew Luck's ability to cut down on his turnovers. His seven interceptions and three fumbles haven't made it easy for an already-struggling defense.

    It's a lot to ask from a young quarterback, but Luck needs to find a way to protect the ball and still score points.

    Other than some rookie mistakes from Luck, the Colts need to worry about the health of their defense. Dwight Freeney, Fili Moala, Robert Mathis, Pat Angerer, Cory Redding and Vontae Davis are all dealing with some type of injury.

    This is a defense that has almost no margin of error when fully healthy. It can't overcome this many injury problems.

Jacksonville Jaguars

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    Current Record: 1-4

    Projected Record: 3-13

    Trending: Down

    Despite showing some positive signs during the preseason, Blaine Gabbert hasn't improved much from his rookie year. He continues to struggle with his accuracy and attacking the deep part of the field. Because of Gabbert's limitations, the Jacksonville Jaguars offense is forced to focus on the underneath passing attack.

    The only hope Jacksonville has to pull off a few victories is Maurice Jones-Drew. He possesses the talent to take over a game. However, it's tough for him to find running room because the opponent's defense just doesn't respect the passing attack.

    Gabbert's lack of development is a concern, but the drop in production by the defense is also an issue. The defense's problems center around its inability to generate pressure on the quarterback. Jacksonville ranks dead last in the NFL with only three sacks.

    It's tough to win games without a passing game and a defense that doesn't pressure the quarterback.

Tennessee Titans

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    Current Record: 2-4

    Projected Record: 3-13

    Trending: Up

    The Tennessee Titans defense is allowing a league-worst 34 points per game. There's a couple different factors playing into that poor production. A lack of experience is one of the main issues plaguing the defense. It has as many as six defensive starters with three years or less experience in the NFL.

    Despite having talent, younger players are prone to mistakes and struggle with consistency.

    Tennessee's offense isn't providing the defense with much help. Chris Johnson's inability to establish a running game has forced the Titans to pass more than they hoped. Early on, this put a lot of pressure on Jake Locker.

    Locker, now injured, is still developing as a passer. This means those extra attempts and 3rd-and-long situations were tough for him to handle.

    Having a young quarterback, mistake-prone defense and no running game isn't how a team wins football games.

Denver Broncos

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    Current Record: 3-3

    Projected Record: 10-6

    Trending: Up

    At this point, it's tough to figure out wthether the Denver Broncos are a good football team or whether Peyton Manning is working some type of magic. The one thing that's certain is that Denver won't win many games the way it did against the San Diego Chargers.

    Turnovers, penalties and miscommunication are the three main reasons a team struggles. Denver is having issues with each of these problems. However, all of these issues are things that can be corrected.

    Look for things to improve as the season progresses. Manning's arrival caused a lot of changes on the offensive side of the ball. It takes time for everyone to get on the same page.

    The rest of Denver's schedule features weaker opponents like the Carolina Panthers, Kansas City Chiefs (twice), Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Oakland Raiders and Cleveland Browns.

San Diego Chargers

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    Current Record: 3-3

    Projected Record: 9-7

    Trending: Down

    It's shocking that Norv Turner still has a job with the San Diego Chargers. Every year his teams find a way to disappoint. Now, the decline of Philip Rivers can be added to the things threatening Turner's job security.

    This past weekend's collapse against the Denver Broncos is just another example of the issues facing this franchise. Despite jumping out to a 24-point lead, Turner kept putting the ball in Rivers' hands. He responded by throwing four interceptions.

    At that point in the game, only turnovers could've given the Broncos a chance to orchestrate a comeback. San Diego needed to feed Ryan Mathews the football and attempt to run time off the clock. The fact that Denver struggles against the run only helps this theory.

    A loss like this has a tendency to stick with a team. Turner needs to use the bye week to find a way to avoid these kind of mistakes.

    San Diego's first three games after its bye are against the Cleveland Browns, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Kansas City Chiefs. This stretch should help the Chargers get back on track.

    However, it also has the potential to completely derail their season.

Oakland Raiders

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    Current Record: 1-4

    Projected Record: 4-12

    Trending: Steady

    This is going to be a long season for the Oakland Raiders because they just don't have the talent needed to compete at a high level each week. Defensively, their secondary is one of the worst in the entire league. This becomes a major issue playing in the same division as Peyton Manning and Philip Rivers.

    The defense doesn't get much help from the offensive side of the ball. Lackluster play along the offensive line limits the running lanes for Darren McFadden and puts Carson Palmer in harm's way.

    Despite the team's overall struggles, Palmer is actually playing solid football. He's the one reason the Raiders have a chance to even reach the four-win mark. The games against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Kansas City Chiefs, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Cleveland Browns and Carolina Panthers are the Raiders' best chance to earn victories.

Kansas City Chiefs

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    Current Record: 1-5

    Projected Record: 3-13

    Trending: Down

    The most important position on the football field is quarterback, and that just so happens to be the weak spot for the Kansas City Chiefs. Both Matt Cassel and Brady Quinn have failed to meet expectations, which is why this season has been a complete disaster for Kansas City.

    Kansas City's roster boasts a lot of talent, but it just hasn't been able to put it all together. A lot of people deserve share in the blame, including Scott Pioli, Romeo Crennel and Matt Cassel. There will be plenty of changes this offseason in Kansas City. Look for the Chiefs to target a quarterback early in the draft.

    As for the rest of this season, the games against the Cleveland Browns and Carolina Panthers give the Chiefs the best chance for another win. However, it's possible that this team finishes with the worst record in football.

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