Latest Win-Loss Predictions for Every NFL Team, Preseason Week 1 Edition

Tyson Langland@TysonNFLNFC West Lead WriterAugust 7, 2013

Latest Win-Loss Predictions for Every NFL Team, Preseason Week 1 Edition

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    With training camp in full swing, the evaluation process of players truly begins right now. Head coaches are eager to see which rookies and free-agent signees are living up to the hype. Through two weeks of training camp, front office members around the league are either jumping for joy or wallowing in regret. 

    Whatever the case may be, there’s no turning back. The only thing teams can do is pray for a clean bill of health at the end of each day. With one preseason game down and many to follow, it’s important to analyze how each roster stacks up against one another during the first week of preseason action. 

    Prior to this week’s full slate of games, let’s break down each team's win-loss prediction for the 2013 season.

Arizona Cardinals

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    After cleaning house this past offseason, the Cardinals have put themselves in a good position to compete in 2013. A remade offensive line that features right tackle Eric Winston and left guard Jonathan Cooper will go a long way to ensure a successful season for quarterback Carson Palmer. 

    Still, we all know how strong the NFC West is expected to be.

    Like Arizona, St. Louis, San Francisco and Seattle have all made significant upgrades as well. Head coach Bruce Arians will keep his club in every game, but it may not be enough. The division simply has too much talent and the Cards are realistically a year away from being legitimate playoff contenders.

    Their bid to go from worst to first in the NFC West will have to wait another year.

    2013 Record Prediction: 4-12

Atlanta Falcons

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    Matt Ryan, Steven Jackson, Roddy White, Julio Jones and Tony Gonzalez make up the most dynamic offense in the NFL. But let’s be real; the Atlanta Falcons have never had any problem putting up points. Their biggest downfall has always been their defense.

    Defensive coordinator Mike Nolan deserves a lot of credit for the job he did last season, but even he knows the team needs more talent, especially in the secondary.

    So what did Atlanta do? It went out and used its first two draft selections on cornerbacks.

    This move is already paying dividends. First-round pick Desmond Trufant has established himself as the team’s starting right cornerback, and Robert Alford has played well enough during training camp to secure the nickel cornerback job. 

    Is this the year the Falcons finally make it to the Super Bowl? With loads of talent in the secondary and a top-notch offense, they have as good as shot as anyone.

    2013 Record Prediction: 13-3

Baltimore Ravens

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    Winning back-to-back Super Bowls is a rare feat. In fact, only seven teams have done it in years past. Will Baltimore become the eighth team to do it in NFL history? Sadly, it will not, and here’s why.

    Losing tight end Dennis Pitta for the season was a big blow, but an even bigger blow was losing gobs of veteran talent. As much as one would like to think so, replacing Ray Lewis, Ed Reed and Paul Kruger will be no easy task.

    As always, the Ravens will be in the hunt, but all of the losses will be too much to overcome.

    2013 Record Prediction: 8-8

Buffalo Bills

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    First-year head coach Doug Marrone has already made headway in Buffalo. He drafted a first-round quarterback, raised the talent level at the wide receiver position and hired an experienced coaching staff.

    What’s not to like?

    The only thing not to like is the current state of the linebacking corps. Yes, Kiko Alonso was an underrated selection in the second round, but the left inside linebacker position and the right outside linebacker position still need help.

    Turning over areas of need in one offseason may not be feasible, but the Bills could have done more. If EJ Manuel “gets it” right away, expect Buffalo to push its opponents on a weekly basis. 

    Yet, it’s hard to see the Bills finishing any better than third in the AFC East.

    2013 Record Prediction: 5-11

Carolina Panthers

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    It’s easy to get excited about quarterback Cam Newton; however, it’s not easy to get excited about the skill players around him.

    For two years, the Panthers have failed to add more weapons around the third-year quarterback. Steve Smith isn’t going to be around forever, and Brandon LaFell is an average No. 2 wide receiver at best.

    Kudos to the organization for upgrading the defensive tackle position, but that’s about as far as the praise goes.

    Carolina has too many holes on this roster to compete on a weekly basis. Sure, the team may squeak out seven wins like it did last year, but that’s as good as it gets. Without more offensive talent, the Panthers will continue to define mediocrity.

    2013 Record Prediction: 6-10

Chicago Bears

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    An offensive-minded coach and a bolstered offensive line could mean big things for quarterback Jay Cutler, right? The arm talent has always been there, but his mechanics and attitude problems have doomed his career more than once.

    Nonetheless, this is the year where Cutler finally puts it all together. He has an abundance of skill players, and he has plenty of freedom in Marc Trestman’s offense. The defense will look a bit different under Mel Tucker, but you have to remember that this team won 10 games a year ago and only got better during the offseason.

    The Packers will be as tough as ever, but injuries have already hurt their stock. Chicago won’t run away with the division, but it will be one of the more steady teams as the 2013 season wears on.

    2013 Record Prediction: 8-8

Cincinnati Bengals

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    Mike Zimmer’s defense has an abundance of talent, and Jay Gruden’s offense is stocked as well. So, why hasn’t this team performed better in the postseason? If you guessed Andy Dalton, you hit the nail on the head.

    After two strong seasons, the third-year quarterback needs to take the reins and lead this team to the Super Bowl.

    The running game received a boost with the addition of Giovani Bernard, and the passing game improved as well thanks to tight end Tyler Eifert. 

    One of the strongest rosters in the NFL shouldn’t have any excuses in 2013. Cincinnati, the time is now.

    2013 Record Prediction: 10-6

Cleveland Browns

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    Wouldn’t it be nice to see the Cleveland Browns flourish? They certainly have the right coaching staff in place to turn this pipe dream into a reality. Norv Turner is one of the most decorated offensive coordinators in league circles, and Ray Horton is viewed as a tactical genius.

    Now, the organization just needs the players to buy in. Wide receiver Josh Gordon needs to screw his head on straight, and quarterback Brandon Weeden needs to live up to his lofty draft status.

    In a wide-open AFC North, there’s plenty of reason to hope.

    2013 Record Prediction: 5-11

Dallas Cowboys

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    Somehow, the Dallas Cowboys always have a good team on paper, yet they always finish the season at 8-8 or 9-7. Many blame owner Jerry Jones for the organization’s underachieving nature. While blame being pointed in his direction is fair, one has to look at injuries and game mismanagement as well.

    Hiring Monte Kiffin and making Bill Callahan the offensive coordinator are two moves that shouldn’t go unnoticed. Kiffin’s Tampa 2 scheme will be a nice change from Rob Ryan’s 3-4 look, and Callahan’s play-calling ability should help alleviate some of the game mismanagement woes. 

    For the first time in a long time, Dallas has the talent to run away with the division. This team’s success will be predicated on Tony Romo’s play and how quickly the defensive players pick up Kiffin’s scheme.

    2013 Record Prediction: 10-6

Denver Broncos

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    Does any one team have it better than the Broncos do right now? Since finishing the 2012 season at 13-3, Denver has managed to add more talent around future Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning

    Along with Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker, Manning will now have the opportunity to toss the rock to Wes Welker. Welker will draw coverage away from the two outside receivers, which only means more one-on-one matchups for Thomas and Decker.

    As good as Denver’s offense is, its defense is equally impressive. Defensive end Derek Wolfe is primed to have a breakout year, while Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie looks to upgrade a developing secondary. Oh yeah, and that Von Miller guy is pretty good too, despite an impending suspension.

    Could this be the year where Manning finally gets his second ring? 

    2013 Record Prediction: 12-4

Detroit Lions

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    Before the 2012 season, the Detroit Lions improved their record on an annual basis for four straight seasons. Disastrously, every thing that possibly could have gone wrong last year did. Quarterback Matthew Stafford took a step backwards in terms of overall play, and Gunther Cunningham’s defense failed to stop the run. 

    One bad season wasn’t going to keep head coach Jim Schwartz down, though. He recharged his batteries and looked for ways to better the offensive and defensive sides of the ball.

    On offense, some of his key additions were running back Reggie Bush and offensive guard Larry Warford. On defense, he retooled the line by drafting Ziggy Ansah and signing Jason Jones. Moreover, he shored up the back end of the Lions’ secondary when he brought in Glover Quin and Chris Houston. 

    There’s no way this team only wins four games in 2013.

    2013 Record Prediction: 6-10

Green Bay Packers

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    As I mentioned previously, the Packers have been snake-bitten when it comes to injuries already this seaosn. The good thing is that quarterback Aaron Rodgers is healthy and general manager Ted Thompson is still in control of the front office.

    With these two guys in control, Green Bay will still manage to contend in 2013. The Packers will overcome the injury bug and win the NFC North. However, they may have to rely on the running game a bit more than they have had to in the past.

    Eddie Lacy and Johnathan Franklin may be newcomers to the team, but both players will look to have impact out of the backfield when the season starts in September.

    2013 Record Prediction: 11-5

Houston Texans

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    The Houston Texans have mastered the art of consistently winning during the regular season. Now, they have to master the art of winning in the playoffs. Adding wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins and safety Ed Reed will undoubtedly help this cause, but losing Connor Barwin and Glover Quin will not.

    It’s hard to see what their overall direction was this past offseason, yet one should err on the side of caution based on general manager Rick Smith’s track record. He’s done a fantastic job rebuilding this roster since taking over in 2006. 

    For the second year in a row, Houston will have to lean heavily on running back Arian Foster and defensive end J.J. Watt. Both players are the leaders of their respective units. Schaub will also need to up his play if the Texans want to distance themselves from the Indianapolis Colts.

    2013 Record Prediction: 10-6

Indianapolis Colts

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    After a dismal season in 2011, quarterback Andrew Luck spearheaded a massive turnaround effort in 2012. Indianapolis upped its win total by nine and made a playoff appearance with an interim head coach at the helm for most of the season.

    Even though Bruce Arians’ offense kept the Colts ahead of the curve last season, general manager Ryan Grigson wanted a more complete team on both sides of the ball going into this year. His desire for balance led him to spend big in free agency. The result was four new starters on the defensive side of the ball and two new starters on the offensive line. 

    With an upgraded defense, Indianapolis will battle the Texans right down to the wire for the second straight season.

    2013 Record Prediction: 10-6

Jacksonville Jaguars

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    Hiring head coach Gus Bradley was easily the best move the Jacksonville Jaguars have made in a long time. He definitely has a tough mountain to climb based on their roster situation, but he has come from a top-tier organization (Seattle Seahawks) that knows a thing or two about building a roster.

    Bradley and general manager David Caldwell didn’t disappoint at the draft this year. They added two new starters (Jonathan Cyprien and Dwayne Gratz) on the defensive side of the ball and one new starter (Luke Joeckel) on the offensive line.

    Unfortunately, Jacksonville won’t be able to reach its full potential until it completely overhauls the quarterback position.

    2013 Record Prediction: 3-13

Kansas City Chiefs

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    The Denver Broncos will stop the Kansas City Chiefs from going from worst to first in the AFC West, but that doesn’t mean they will be out of contention. With a top-notch defense and stable quarterback situation, Andy Reid and Co. will make plenty of progress in 2013.

    Reid and Alex Smith will look to create an up-tempo offense that actually supports Bob Sutton’s defense. Last year, Matt Cassel didn’t give his defense any help, so it’s safe to say the defensive side of the ball has already started to appreciate Kansas City’s new-look offense.

    If Smith performs the way he did in 2011, the Chiefs will be playoff bound.

    2013 Record Prediction: 9-7

Miami Dolphins

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    A lot of NFL analysts believe the Miami Dolphins are primed to push the New England Patriots for the top spot in the AFC East. I’m not willing to go that far, but I’m willing to bet on Miami as a playoff contender. 

    One has to like the moves general manager Jeff Ireland made during the offseason. He provided quarterback Ryan Tannehill with the weapons he needs to succeed, and upgraded Kevin Coyle’s defense.

    There’s no question he’s all in. But one can’t blame him for being all in. He started to feel his job seat getting warm at the end of the 2012 season, so he made the necessary adjustments to help save his job.

    The only concern is the left side of the offensive line. Left tackle Jonathan Martin has struggled in pass-protection during training camp. Nevertheless, there is still time to iron out some of his preseason struggles.

    If the Dolphins can solidify that left side of the line, a postseason berth is firmly within arm's reach.

    2013 Record Prediction: 9-7

Minnesota Vikings

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    As good as running back Adrian Peterson is, Minnesota had to add additional offensive weapons for quarterback Christian Ponder. Ponder hasn’t exactly had a star-studded cast to work with in seasons past, but this year is looking to be a make-or-break campaign. 

    Wide receivers Greg Jennings and Cordarrelle Patterson will infuse a weak wide receiving corps with some much-needed energy. The losses of wide receiver Percy Harvin and cornerback Antoine Winfield will hurt, but general manager Rick Spielman did enough to compensate for their losses.

    Cornerback Xavier Rhodes has flashed potential during training camp and so has Patterson.

    It will be hard for the Vikings top their 10-win season from a year ago, but it is never wise to count out a team that is lead by Peterson.

    2013 Record Prediction: 9-7

New England Patriots

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    Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots have had a tumultuous offseason. First there was Rob Gronkowski’s never-ending surgeries, then there was Aaron Hernandez’s off-the-field problems and now the Tim Tebow saga is in full effect. 

    Yet, in true Patriot fashion, New England will continue to go about its business and do what it does best: win football games. As long as Tom Brady is taking snaps under center, the organization will be just fine. 

    The Pats will find a way to put the past behind them and win the AFC East. It’s like clockwork; no mountain is too tall to climb for Belichick and Brady. The Dolphins will be staring the Patriots down, but Miami isn’t quite there yet.

    2013 Record Prediction: 11-5

New Orleans Saints

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    With the return of head coach Sean Payton, the Saints are headed back in the right direction. But what about the defensive side of the ball? Does Rob Ryan’s 3-4 scheme have enough talent to succeed in Year 1? 

    Adding Victor Butler, Kenny Vaccaro and Keenan Lewis were all good moves, but it’s hard to turn a 4-3 defense into a 3-4 juggernaut overnight. With Butler out for the year with an ACL tear, Ryan will have to lean heavily on Junior Galette and Will Smith off the edge.

    As good as the Saints offense is, their defense isn’t there yet. They are one year away from being dominant on both offense and defense. Payton’s club will be in every game, but that’s about it.

    Their defense will let them down more than often than not.  

    2013 Record Prediction: 8-8

New York Giants

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    Every year, the Giants seem to be legitimate postseason contenders, thanks in large part to quarterback Eli Manning. Manning has led New York to two Super Bowl wins and five postseason appearances. But how much longer can the three-time Pro Bowl selection lead this team to the promise land?

    Defensively, the Giants lost some key pieces along the defensive line, and their linebacking corps is nothing to write home about. Not to mention, Jason Pierre-Paul is battling a bad back. These potential downfalls could force a sub-.500 finish for the first time since 2004.

    The only good news is that Robert Griffin III is recovering from a torn ACL and the Philadelphia Eagles have a new head coach. It’s hard to imagine a down season from Tom Coughlin and Co., but the notion is more logical than you may think. 

    The 2013 season will be an uphill climb for New York.

    2013 Record Prediction: 7-9 

New York Jets

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    Ridding themselves of general manager Mike Tannenbaum was the best thing the New York Jets could have done this year. Newly appointed general manager John Idzik has a tough task at hand. He has to mitigate the salary cap while adding young, talented players to the roster. 

    So far, so good for Idzik; he traded cornerback Darrelle Revis, cut a few overpaid veterans and added talent along the way. Unfortunately, the Jets aren’t in the clear yet. But Mark Sanchez is still on the roster, and the offensive side of the ball still lacks playmakers at key positions.

    A quick fix rarely happens in the NFL, so it’s best to be patient. When Marty Mornhinweg’s offense catches up to Dennis Thurman’s defense, New York will be back in business. Until then, the only thing to focus on is progress.

    2013 Record Prediction: 3-13

Oakland Raiders

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    Even though the Oakland Raiders have been downright atrocious since 2002, things are looking up in the Bay Area. General manager Reggie McKenzie has done all the necessary legwork required to rid the organization of Al Davis’ absurd contracts and bad signings. 

    Rebuilding the franchise hasn’t been easy, but signs of advancement are already peaking through. McKenzie has drafted well and attempted to add depth along the way. The talent level may not be there yet, but the Raiders will at least be competitive for the first time in a quite a while.

    An 8-8 record would be the team’s ceiling, but six wins would still be viewed as a win. Hang in there, Raiders fans, the bumpy ride is almost over.

    2013 Record Prediction: 3-13

Philadelphia Eagles

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    The Chip Kelly era in Philadelphia hasn’t exactly started the way he would have liked. Free agency and the draft were viewed as a win, but injuries and wide receiver Riley Cooper’s racial slurs have put a damper on Kelly’s first training camp.

    This, in turn, has taken the focus away from the team as a whole. However, things should return to normal once the Cooper scandal dies down and Kelly names the Eagles' starting quarterback for the team’s first preseason game.

    Michael Vick and Nick Foles are neck and neck for the No. 1 spot, but don't overlook Matt Barkley. He is Philadelphia’s immediate and long-term future. The Eagles' achievements in 2013 will fall solely on the quarterback position.

    2013 Record Prediction: 7-9

Pittsburgh Steelers

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    Last season was a season to forget for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Despite having the No. 1 defense in the NFL, the Steelers finished with an 8-8 record. Some of that can be credited to quarterback Ben Roethlisberger missing three games, and some of it can be credited to a downright awful run game. 

    Fortunately, the addition of running back Le’Veon Bell was the biggest step in an attempt to fix the ground game. A healthy David DeCastro and Mike Adams should help the cause as well. 

    Still, offensive coordinator Todd Haley’s play-calling needs to shown signs of improvement. If the necessary progress can be made before the start of the season, the Steelers should have no problem finding their way into the postseason. 

    2013 Record Prediction: 9-7

St. Louis Rams

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    For the first time in his young career, franchise quarterback Sam Bradford will have the same offensive coordinator in back-to-back years. In addition, general manager Les Snead and head coach Jeff Fisher have given him the weapons he needs to succeed.

    This offseason alone, the organization added tight end Jared Cook, wide receiver Tavon Austin and wide receiver Stedman Bailey.

    Couple these additions with the ones the team made last year, and the Rams are quickly moving up the ranks in the NFC. They may not be division favorites, but some have them labeled as wild-card favorites if Brian Schottenheimer’s offense can hit its stride early on in the season.

    Let’s not forget, St. Louis went 4-1-1 against the NFC West last year. It will need a repeat performance in 2013 to guarantee its first playoff appearance since the 2004 season.

    2013 Record Prediction: 9-7

San Diego Chargers

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    We could sit here all day and note the Chargers' areas of improvement. But, we all know San Diego goes as quarterback Philip Rivers goes. Since taking over as starter in 2006, Rivers has dictated the success of the Chargers.

    When he is on his game, this team is knocking on the playoffs' door. Regrettably, Rivers hasn’t been on his game for the last three years. Maybe a coaching staff change will reverse his misfortunes, or maybe his better days are behind him.

    Losing wide receiver Danario Alexander for the season will clearly hurt the four-time Pro Bowl signal-caller, yet a healthy Vincent Brown and Ryan Mathews will help ease the pain.

    Can Rivers regain his old form? That will be the million dollar question in 2013.

    2013 Record Prediction: 6-10

San Francisco 49ers

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    The injury bug has hit the 49ers in the worst way this past offseason. First, wide receiver Michael Crabtree suffered a torn Achilles tendon, and then cornerback Chris Culliver tore his ACL. It’s a good thing San Francisco has one of the deepest rosters in the NFL. Without the proper depth, it could have easily been up the creek without a paddle.

    Third-year quarterback Colin Kaepernick will now have to rely on newly acquired wide receiver Anquan Boldin and Pro Bowl tight end Vernon Davis in the passing game. The two major injuries can’t be overlooked, but they won’t sink the team’s season either. Kaepernick and the coaching staff are too well prepared to let this happen. 

    Seattle will challenge San Francisco for the division like it did last year, yet the Seahawks have injury issues of their own. A dozen wins should sway the division in 49ers' favor, but early-season success against teams like the Packers and Seahawks will be crucial.

    2013 Record Prediction: 12-4

Seattle Seahawks

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    Before training camp started, the only thing fans and media members could talk about was the fact the Seahawks and 49ers were trying to one-up each other during free agency and the draft. It appears that this is the case again in regards to training camp injuries. 

    Fortunately enough for the ‘Hawks, their star receiver won’t miss the entire season. As I’ve mentioned before, Percy Harvin’s injury won’t stop this team from having an outstanding season. Harvin was a luxury addition, and Seattle won 11 games last season without him.

    Nevertheless, an 11-win season in the NFC won’t garner the organization a division title or a first-round bye in the playoffs. The Seahawks have the talent to win 12 or 13 games, but Russell Wilson has to take another giant leap forward in 2013 and the defensive line needs to perform better than it did last year.

    2013 Record Prediction: 11-5

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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    Much like the Atlanta Falcons, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers spent a good amount of time this past offseason upgrading their secondary. For years, it has been their Achilles' heel. But it finally appears as if the back end of their defense will be a strong point in 2013.

    Signing Dashon Goldson, trading for Darrelle Revis and drafting Johnthan Banks were all smart moves. Add in Leonard Johnson and Mark Barron, and the Bucs now have one of the deepest defensive backfields in the league.

    Like so many other teams, Tampa’s biggest question mark is at the quarterback position. Is Josh Freeman poised to live up to his potential and lead his team to victory?

    2013 Record Prediction: 7-9

Tennessee Titans

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    After a 6-10 season a year ago, Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Munchak started to feel the heat from owner Bud Adams. Adams voiced his displeasure with the state of the organization publicly, so Munchak took it upon himself to go big or go home.

    He overhauled the offensive line, stocked quarterback Jake Locker’s arsenal and shored up the back end of Jerry Gray’s defense.

    The remade offensive line stands to impact the Titans the most. Running back Chris Johnson will benefit immensely, as will Locker. 

    As is the case with Jacksonville, Tennessee’s road to the postseason will be tied to its weakest position: the quarterback position.

    2013 Record Prediction: 6-10

Washington Redskins

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    Despite the fact the Redskins had limited salary cap room to work with, it was hard not to like the additions they made during the offseason. They added essential pieces to their secondary in free agency and all throughout the draft. 

    The biggest upgrade came at free safety. Based on training camp reports, sixth-round pick Baccari Rambo looks to be the steal of the draft. He has opened some eyes with his ball-hawking ability and instinctive play.

    Additionally, quarterback Robert Griffin III is recovering quicker than expected from his ACL injury, and outside linebacker Brian Orakapo looks rejuvenated after he tore his pectoral muscle early on in 2012.

    A clean bill of health in 2013 will help Washington challenge Dallas for the top spot in the NFC East.

    2013 Record Prediction: 9-7

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