2011 NFL Predictions: 16-Game Records for All 32 NFL Teams

Tony Santorsa@@TonySantorsaSenior Writer IIAugust 26, 2011

2011 NFL Predictions: 16-Game Records for All 32 NFL Teams

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    Kickoff to the 2011 NFL regular season is just right around the corner, as we begin Week 3 of the preseason.

    Entering Week 3, we now have a better idea of multiple things, whether it's injuries, who's going to be starting or what teams should succeed and fail in 2011.

    By analyzing each team's transactions in free agency and its performance throughout the preseason, here are my predicted records for all of the 32 teams.

Arizona Cardinals

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    Predicted Record: 8-8

    Key Wins: Minnesota Vikings Week 5, St. Louis Rams Weeks 9 and 12, Cincinnati Bengals Week 16

    Key Losses: New York Giants Week 4, Seattle Seahawks Week 17, Dallas Cowboys Week 13

    With the addition of Kevin Kolb, the Arizona Cardinals could take a leap forward in the lowly NFC West but will still struggle against all top-tier opponents. 

Atlanta Falcons

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    Predicted Record: 9-7

    Key Wins: Chicago Bears Week 1, Philadelphia Eagles Week 2, New Orleans Saints Week 10

    Key Losses: Green Bay Packers Week 5, Detroit Lions Week 7, Carolina Panthers Week 14

    The Atlanta Falcons posted an NFC-best 13-3 record last year but could be in for some trouble in 2011. All three teams in their division have gotten better, especially the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Falcons will be a strong football team and should make the playoffs.

Baltimore Ravens

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    Predicted Record: 10-6

    Key Wins: Pittsburgh Steelers Week 1, Arizona Cardinals Week 8, St. Louis Rams Week 3

    Key Losses: New York Jets Week 4, Houston Texans Week 6, Cleveland Browns Week 16

    The Baltimore Ravens will be in contention for the AFC North title yet again in 2011. The Ravens' strong defense along with Ray Rice, Joe Flacco and an improved receiving corps should cause multiple problems for opposing teams.

Buffalo Bills

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    Predicted Record: 4-12

    Key Wins: Miami Dolphins Week 11, Denver Broncos Week 16, Cincinnati Bengals Week 4

    Key Losses: Tennessee Titans Week 13, Oakland Raiders Week 2, Kansas City Chiefs Week 1

    Who knows what direction the Buffalo Bills are headed in, but they're going to have a very rough ride in 2011. The Bills simply aren't ready to win yet and will struggle against the Patriots, Jets and Dolphins.

Carolina Panthers

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    Predicted Record: 6-10

    Key Wins: Minnesota Vikings Week 8, Atlanta Falcons Week 14, Tampa Bay Buccaneers Week 13

    Key Losses: Houston Texans Week 15, Arizona Cardinals Week 1, Chicago Bears Week 4

    Besides the quarterback position, the Carolina Panthers are a well-rounded football team. The Panthers will go only as far as Cam Newton progresses.

Chicago Bears

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    Predicted Record: 8-8

    Key Wins: Green Bay Packers Week 3, Oakland Raiders Week 12, Minnesota Vikings Week 6

    Key Losses: Minnesota Vikings Week 17, Green Bay Packers Week 16, Atlanta Falcons Week 1

    Despite winning the division last season, the Chicago Bears aren't a great football team. The Bears will have to deal with an improved Packers team along with the Detroit Lions and Minnesota Vikings, who are both on the rise. 2011 could be a bit of a struggle for the Bears.

Cincinnati Bengals

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    Predicted Record: 5-11

    Key Wins: Denver Broncos Week 2, San Francisco 49ers Week 3, Cleveland Browns Week 12

    Key Losses: Buffalo Bills Week 4, Jacksonville Jaguars Week 6, Cleveland Browns Week 1

    The Cincinnati Bengals are going to have major issues in 2011 if they plan to stick with rookie quarterback Andy Dalton. Let's face it—Dalton is simply not ready and still needs time to develop. He is going to be the death of the Bengals this season.

Cleveland Browns

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    Predicted Record: 10-6

    Key Wins: Indianapolis Colts Week 2, Oakland Raiders Week 6, Baltimore Ravens Week 16

    Key Losses: San Francisco 49ers Week 8, Cincinnati Bengals Week 12, Pittsburgh Steelers Weeks 14 and 17

    This may be a stretch for the Browns, but if Colt McCoy continues to shine like he is right now in the preseason, then the Browns may shock a few people this season with a solid 10-6 record.

Dallas Cowboys

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    Predicted Record: 10-6

    Key Wins: Philadelphia Eagles Week 16, New York Giants Week 14, Miami Dolphins Week 12

    Key Losses: New York Jets Week 1, Philadelphia Eagles Week 8, Tampa Bay Buccaneers Week 16

    Jason Garrett will have his ups and downs during his first full season as Dallas Cowboys head coach but overall will post a solid 10-6 record in the extremely tough and competitive NFC East.

Denver Broncos

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    Predicted Record: 3-13

    Key Wins: Oakland Raiders Week 1, Minnesota Vikings Week 13, Kansas City Chiefs Week 17

    Key Losses: Cincinnati Bengals Week 2, Tennessee Titans Week 3, Detroit Lions Week 8

    The Denver Broncos have major problems offensively and defensively, so a 3-13 record sounds about right. First-year head coach John Fox definitely has a challenge presented in front of him and may have a shot at drafting Andrew Luck in 2012.

Detroit Lions

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    Predicted Record: 11-5

    Key Wins: Green Bay Packers Weeks 12 and 17, Oakland Raiders Week 15, Atlanta Falcons Week 7

    Key Losses: Tampa Bay Buccaneers Week 1, Chicago Bears Week 5, Minnesota Vikings Week 14

    Detroit should be a solid football team in 2011, but the Lions will only go as far as Matthew Stafford takes them. If Stafford can stay healthy and play like he's played the past season, then the Lions are going to be a winning football team.

Green Bay Packers

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    Predicted Record: 12-4

    Key Wins: Atlanta Falcons Week 5, New Orleans Saints Week 1, New York Giants Week 13

    Key Losses: Chicago Bears Week 3, San Diego Chargers Week 9, Detroit Lions Week 12

    Coming off a Super Bowl victory, the Packers will post an even better regular season record this season. Green Bay had so many key players on injured reserve last season, and if the Packers can keep their guys healthy, they'll have a quality season in 2011.

Houston Texans

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    Predicted Record: 13-3

    Key Wins: Baltimore Ravens Week 6, Tampa Bay Buccaneers Week 10, Indianapolis Colts Week 1

    Key Losses: Pittsburgh Steelers Week 4, Jacksonville Jaguars Week 12, Indianapolis Colts Week 16

    This is the year for the Houston Texans—Peyton Manning is hurt, and the Titans and Jaguars will likely be terrible, so this opens the door for Houston to not only make the playoffs but finally win the AFC South. Believe, Texans fans!

Indianapolis Colts

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    Predicted Record: 11-5

    Key Wins: Pittsburgh Steelers Week 3, Tampa Bay Buccaneers Week 4, Atlanta Falcons Week 9

    Key Losses: New Orleans Saints Week 7, New England Patriots Week 13, Jacksonville Jaguars Week 17

    The Indianapolis Colts should make the playoffs this season, but it all depends on how long Peyton Manning is going to be out with his injured neck. The first few weeks of the season may be a bit of a struggle for Indy.

Jacksonville Jaguars

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    Predicted Record: 5-11

    Key Wins: San Diego Chargers Week 13, Houston Texans Week 12, Tennessee Titans Week 1

    Key Losses: Carolina Panthers Week 3, Tampa Bay Buccaneers Week 14, Tennessee Titans Week 16

    You never know—Blaine Gabbert could see a lot of playing time in 2011, as the Jacksonville Jaguars are simply not going to be competitive. This is likely the end of the Jack Del Rio era in Jacksonville.

Kansas City Chiefs

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    Predicted Record: 6-10

    Key Wins: Minnesota Vikings Week 4, San Diego Chargers Week 8, Oakland Raiders Week 16

    Key Losses: Detroit Lions Week 2, Oakland Raiders Week 7, Denver Broncos Week 17

    The Kansas City Chiefs were a big surprise in 2011 but have a tough and challenging schedule in front of them. Not to mention the Chiefs lost their offensive coordinator, Charlie Weis, to the University of Florida.

Miami Dolphins

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    Predicted Record: 5-11

    Key Wins: San Diego Chargers Week 4, New York Jets Week 6, Buffalo Bills Week 15

    Key Losses: Cleveland Browns Week 3, Kansas City Chiefs Week 9, Buffalo Bills Week 11

    This is it for Chad Henne—it's make it or break it time. Sadly, Henne's just going to break it. The Dolphins are a solid defensive team but will likely be awful offensively this season.

Minnesota Vikings

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    Predicted Record: 5-11

    Key Wins: Tampa Bay Buccaneers Week 2, Oakland Raiders Week 11, Detroit Lions Week 14

    Key Losses: Carolina Panthers Week 8, Arizona Cardinals Week 5, Denver Broncos Week 13

    I just don't believe in Donovan McNabb, especially coming off his horrendous season with the Washington Redskins. As all teams in the NFC North have improved, I see the Vikings slipping down to 5-11.

New England Patriots

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    Predicted Record: 14-2

    Key Wins: San Diego Chargers Week 2, Philadelphia Eagles Week 12, New York Jets Week 5

    Key Losses: New York Jets Week 10, Pittsburgh Steelers Week 8

    The New England Patriots should post the best record in football for the second straight season in 2011 with a stellar 14-2 record. The Patriots, in my opinion, are the team to beat in the AFC and will be a huge challenge to beat this season.

New Orleans Saints

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    Predicted Record: 12-4

    Key Wins: Indianapolis Colts Week 7, New York Giants Week 12, Detroit Lions Week 13

    Key Losses: Tampa Bay Buccaneers Week 9, Atlanta Falcons Week 10, Houston Texans Week 3

    The New Orleans Saints are coming off a solid draft with Mark Ingram and Cameron Jordan as their two first-round choices; both could be impact players this season. The Saints are definitely improved and could put up an impressive 12-4 record.

New York Giants

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    Predicted Record: 8-8

    Key Wins: Philadelphia Eagles Week 11, Dallas Cowboys Week 17, Miami Dolphins Week 8

    Key Losses: Washington Redskins Week 1, Philadelphia Eagles Week 3, Seattle Seahawks Week 5

    The New York Giants will not make the playoffs this season, and it will be the end of Tom Coughlin's reign as head coach in New York. The Giants are definitely a solid team but will struggle this season and be very inconsistent.

New York Jets

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    Predicted Record: 13-3

    Key Wins: Philadelphia Eagles Week 15, New York Giants Week 16, New England Patriots Week 10 

    Key Losses: New England Patriots Week 5, Miami Dolphins Week 6, San Diego Chargers Week 7

    Watch out for the Jets this season. They're going to win the Super Bowl—or wait, don't they say that every year? Either way, the New York Jets are going to be very good this season and will post an incredible 13-3 record, just one game behind the Patriots.

Oakland Raiders

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    Predicted Record: 5-11

    Key Wins: Kansas City Chiefs Week 7, San Diego Chargers Week 17, Miami Dolphins Week 13

    Key Losses: Minnesota Vikings Week 11, Denver Broncos Week 1, Cleveland Browns Week 6

    After an impressive 2010 season, the Raiders will be doomed with first-year head coach Hue Jackson this season. Just take a look back at all first-year head coaches in Oakland—they've all been horrible.

Philadelphia Eagles

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    Predicted Record: 10-6

    Key Wins: Dallas Cowboys Week 8, New York Giants Week 3, Chicago Bears Week 9

    Key Losses: New England Patriots Week 12, New York Giants Week 11, Atlanta Falcons Week 2

    The Philadelphia Eagles will be under a lot of pressure to perform this season, as Vince Young labeled them the "Dream Team." The Eagles will make the playoffs but will only finish with a 10-6 record.

Pittsburgh Steelers

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    Predicted Record: 13-3

    Key Wins: Houston Texans Week 4, New England Patriots Week 8, Baltimore Ravens Week 9

    Key Losses: Baltimore Ravens Week 1, Indianapolis Colts Week 3, St. Louis Rams Week 16

    The Pittsburgh Steelers are coming off a Super Bowl loss against the Green Bay Packers and will want revenge in 2011. I wouldn't be surprised to see the Patriots and Steelers battling in the AFC title game in January.

San Diego Chargers

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    Predicted Record: 11-5

    Key Wins: Baltimore Ravens Week 15, Detroit Lions Week 16, Green Bay Packers Week 9

    Key Losses: Kansas City Chiefs Week 8, New England Patriots Week 2, Miami Dolphins Week 4

    In my opinion, the San Diego Chargers are just light years better than all of the teams in the AFC West. The Chargers were the best offensive and defensive team in the entire NFL last season but did not make the playoffs—expect that to change this year.

San Francisco 49ers

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    Predicted Record: 5-11

    Key Wins: Cleveland Browns Week 8, Arizona Cardinals Week 11, Seattle Seahawks Week 16

    Key Losses: Washington Redskins Week 9, Detroit Lions Week 6, Cincinnati Bengals Week 3

    The 49ers are simply not a good football team and will get the majority of their wins in the NFC West. San Francisco has no quarterback, which is its biggest problem, and will struggle to put up points in 2011.

Seattle Seahawks

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    Predicted Record: 5-11

    Key Wins: New York Giants Week 5, Cincinnati Bengals Week 8, St. Louis Rams Week 11

    Key Losses: Chicago Bears Week 15, St. Louis Rams Week 14, Washington Redskins Week 12

    Like all the other teams in the NFC West, the Seattle Seahawks are going to struggle in 2011. The Seahawks have major problems at quarterback, and that will bring them down as a losing ballclub.

St. Louis Rams

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    Predicted Record: 5-11

    Key Wins: Pittsburgh Steelers Week 16, Seattle Seahawks Week 14, Cincinnati Bengals Week 15

    Key Losses: Cleveland Browns Week 10, Arizona Cardinals Weeks 9 and 12, San Francisco 49ers Week 13

    Oh wow, yet another 5-11 NFC West football team. The St. Louis Rams definitely have an up-and-coming quarterback in Sam Bradford but will still struggle, as he's not quite ready to win.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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    Predicted Record: 8-8

    Key Wins: Detroit Lions Week 1, New Orleans Saints Week 9, Atlanta Falcons Week 17

    Key Losses: Minnesota Vikings Week 2, Atlanta Falcons Week 3, Carolina Panthers Week 13

    After an impressive 10-6 record in 2010, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will have a much more challenging schedule this year and unfortunately will only finish at 8-8. The Bucs are definitely a solid football team, especially with Josh Freeman at quarterback, but will struggle with their very competitive schedule this season.

Tennessee Titans

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    Predicted Record: 3-13

    Key Wins: Denver Broncos Week 3, Buffalo Bills Week 13, Jacksonville Jaguars Week 16

    Key Losses: Carolina Panthers Week 10, Cincinnati Bengals Week 9, Cleveland Browns Week 4

    Who knows how long Chris Johnson will hold out, but either way, the Tennessee Titans are going to be awful in 2011. The Titans are no match for any team in the AFC South, especially the Texans and Colts.

Washington Redskins

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    Predicted Record: 3-13

    Key Wins: New York Giants Week 1, San Francisco 49ers Week 9, Seattle Seahawks Week 12

    Key Losses: Carolina Panthers Week 7, St. Louis Rams Week 4, Minnesota Vikings Week 16

    I'm thinking that Andrew Luck will go first overall to the Washington Redskins in 2012—just a thought. The Redskins are average at every position besides quarterback, and they're going to be a joke this season.