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Updated 2012 Team Win-Loss Record Predictions for NFL Week 9

Gary DavenportFeatured Columnist IVNovember 6, 2016

Updated 2012 Team Win-Loss Record Predictions for NFL Week 9

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    We've reached Week 9 of the 2012 NFL season, and that means that by week's end all 32 teams in the National Football League will have played at least half their games.

    As is usually the case, some things have gone according to plan (the Houston Texans are good), while others have not (the New Orleans Saints are not). But with half of a season left to be played there's still plenty of time for things to change.

    That won't stop me from putting on my fortune teller's hat, though, so here's an updated look at projected win-loss records for every team in the NFL this year.

New England Patriots

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    Current Record: 5-3

    Second-Half Outlook: The Patriots offense is good, the defense not so much, and the team appears to have a date with another AFC East title. In other words, the more things change the more they stay the same.

    Projected Record: 11-5

Miami Dolphins

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    Current Record: 4-3

    Second-Half Outlook: The Dolphins are one of the season's pleasant surprises, and if their third-ranked run defense can keep it up Miami will remain in the postseason conversation for much of the season.

    Projected Record: 9-7

Buffalo Bills

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    Current Record: 3-4

    Second-Half Outlook: After spending a ton of money on the defensive side of the ball, the Bills have gotten precious little return on their investment, and a 31st-ranked defense isn't getting the Bills into the postseason.

    Projected Record: 6-10

New York Jets

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    Current Record: 3-5

    Second-Half Outlook: Injuries have ravaged both sides of the ball, Jets fans are clamoring for Tim Tebow at quarterback, and Rex Ryan is firmly on the hot seat. This is going to get ugly, folks.

    Projected Record: 5-11

Baltimore Ravens

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    Current Record: 5-2

    Second-Half Outlook: The Baltimore Ravens still have enough talent on offense to make the playoffs, but the injuries that have decimated the defense are going to make it hard for them to do any damage once they get there.

    Projected Record: 11-5

Pittsburgh Steelers

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    Current Record: 4-3

    Second-Half Outlook: After a rocky start the Steelers have rolled off two wins in a row and appear to have righted the ship. If the team can get the run game healthy the Steelers will be making their annual pilgrimage to the postseason.

    Projected Record: 10-6

Cincinnati Bengals

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    Current Record: 3-4

    Second-Half Outlook: The Bengals started 3-1 but have since dropped three in a row, and unless running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis gets it going in the second half of the season, then a return trip to the playoffs is unlikely.

    Projected Record: 8-8

Cleveland Browns

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    Current Record: 2-6

    Second-Half Outlook: The offense is showing improvement and the defense is finally starting to get healthy, but the Cleveland Browns are still at least a season away from being anything more than a possible late-season roadbump for contenders.

    Projected Record: 4-12

Houston Texans

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    Current Record: 6-1

    Second-Half Outlook: With a punishing ground game led by running back Arian Foster and a formidable defense led by defensive end J.J. Watt, the Houston Texans are the leading candidate to represent the AFC in Super Bowl XLVII.

    Projected Record: 13-3

Indianapolis Colts

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    Current Record: 4-3

    Second-Half Outlook: The Indianapolis Colts have already won twice as many games in 2012 as they did in all of 2011, and interim head coach Bruce Arians may be the first person to win Coach of the Year without starting the season in charge of a team.

    Projected Record: 9-7

Tennessee Titans

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    Current Record: 3-5

    Second-Half Outlook: The Tennessee Titans are the poster boys for NFL mediocrity. They're too good to get a top-five draft pick next year, but not good enough to have any kind of legitimate shot at making the playoffs.

    Projected Record: 7-9

Jacksonville Jaguars

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    Current Record: 1-6

    Second-Half Outlook: With running back Maurice Jones-Drew out indefinitely, wide receivers who can't catch and an erratic defense, the Jacksonville Jaguars might as well start figuring out what to do with that top-five pick next April.

    Projected Record: 3-13

Denver Broncos

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    Current Record: 4-3

    Second-Half Outlook: The Peyton Manning experiment seems to be working out just fine in the Mile High City. Given how bad the AFC West is this season, the Denver Broncos could have a division title wrapped up by the 1st of December.

    Projected Record: 10-6

San Diego Chargers

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    Current Record: 3-4

    Second-Half Outlook: If the San Diego Chargers' collapse against Denver two weeks ago didn't suck all the wind from their sails then last week's debacle in Cleveland did. Head coach Norv Turner might want to go ahead and get his house on the market.

    Projected Record: 7-9

Oakland Raiders

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    Current Record: 3-4

    Second-Half Outlook: The Oakland Raiders got out of the gate slowly, and while they probably won't make the playoffs, at least head coach Dennis Allen and general manager Reggie McKenzie have the Raiders headed in the right direction.

    Projected Record: 7-9

Kansas City Chiefs

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    Current Record: 1-6

    Second-Half Outlook: What do you get when you combine the NFL's worst quarterback situation and a head coach who doesn't know how many carries his star running back has in a game? The first pick in the 2013 draft, that's what.

    Projected Record: 1-15

New York Giants

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    Current Record: 6-2

    Second-Half Outlook: Much like last year the New York Giants are getting it done despite possessing a defense that is ranked 24th in the NFL. Barring a monumental collapse the Giants are going to have an opportunity to defend their Super Bowl title in the playoffs.

    Projected Record: 12-4

Philadelphia Eagles

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    Current Record: 3-4

    Second-Half Outlook: The defense can't stop anybody, the offense keeps turning the ball over, and with the Eagles on the verge of benching quarterback Michael Vick, it appears that Andy Reid's tenure as head coach in Philly is nearing an end.

    Projected Record: 6-10

Dallas Cowboys

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    Current Record: 3-4

    Second-Half Outlook: The Dallas Cowboys must really like Halloween, because they've been playing Jekyll and Hyde all season. It's that sort of inconsistency that will keep the Cowboys from advancing to the postseason again in 2012.

    Projected Record: 8-8

Washington Redskins

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    Current Record: 3-5

    Second-Half Outlook: Rookie quarterback Robert Griffin has brought a great deal of excitement to the nation's capital, but unless Griffin starts playing both ways he's not going to be able to fix the Redskins' problems with their secondary.

    Projected Record: 7-9

Chicago Bears

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    Current Record: 6-1

    Second-Half Outlook: Just like last year the Chicago Bears are off to a hot start, and unless injuries beset them like they did a year ago, Chicago appears ready to ride its punishing defense all the way to an NFC North title.

    Projected Record: 13-3

Minnesota Vikings

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    Current Record: 5-3

    Second-Half Outlook: After a hot start some of the luster was blasted from the Minnesota Vikings by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers a week ago, but the Vikings remain a team that could ride running back Adrian Peterson all the way to a Wild Card spot.

    Projected Record: 9-7

Green Bay Packers

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    Current Record: 5-3

    Second-Half Outlook: The Green Bay Packers have reeled off three consecutive victories after a 2-3 start to the season, but a porous defense and lack of a running game could prove to be a problem in the postseason.

    Projected Record: 11-5

Detroit Lions

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    Current Record: 3-4

    Second-Half Outlook: The Detroit Lions entered the 2012 season with loads of promise after making the playoffs a season ago, but the passing game hasn't been able to carry the offense like it did last year. Unless that changes, there won't be a return trip to the playoffs for the Lions.

    Projected Record: 8-8

Atlanta Falcons

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    Current Record: 7-0

    Second-Half Outlook: The National Football League's last undefeated team has ridden a prolific offense and opportunistic defense to a perfect record through seven games, but can the Falcons erase their recent run of one-and-done playoff appearances?

    Projected Record: 13-3

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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    Current Record: 3-4

    Second-Half Outlook: The Tampa Bay Buccaneers appear to be on the right track under first-year head coach Greg Schiano, and although this season may not bring a playoff appearance, the future is looking bright.

    Projected Record: 8-8

New Orleans Saints

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    Current Record: 2-5

    Second-Half Outlook: An 0-4 start and a historically bad defense have dashed any hopes of the New Orleans Saints making a run at the Super Bowl this year. While the player suspensions may not have stuck, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell got his pound of flesh from the Saints for "Bountygate."

    Projected Record: 6-10

Carolina Panthers

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    Current Record: 1-6

    Second-Half Outlook: Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has regressed in his second NFL season, the defense is lousy and head coach Ron Rivera will likely join former general manager Marty Hurney on the unemployment line by season's end.

    Projected Record: 3-13

San Francisco 49ers

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    Current Record: 6-2

    Second-Half Outlook: The San Francisco 49ers have picked up right where they left off a season ago. With a solid ground game, formidable defense and improved passing attack, the 49ers are the most balanced team in the NFC.

    Projected Record: 13-3

Arizona Cardinals

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    Current Record: 4-4

    Second-Half Outlook: After winning their first four games, the Cardinals have dropped four straight. With no running game and a horrific offensive line, Arizona may be on its fifth quarterback of the season by Week 14.

    Projected Record: 7-9

Seattle Seahawks

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    Current Record: 4-4

    Second-Half Outlook: The Seattle Seahawks are something of a throwback team, winning games with defense and the power running of Marshawn Lynch. However, their inability to throw the ball effectively or win on the road will leave the Seahawks on the outside looking in when the playoffs begin.

    Projected Record: 8-8

St. Louis Rams

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    Current Record: 3-5

    Second-Half Outlook: The St. Louis Rams are a much better team in 2012 than last season's 2-14 doormat. However, as last week's 45-7 shellacking at the hands of the New England Patriots demonstrates, there's still work to be done in the Gateway City.

    Projected Record: 6-10

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