2015 NFL Season Win Totals Predictions
by Trevor Whenham - 2/18/2015
It seems crazy, but Cantor Gaming has already posted season win totals in the NFL for the 2015 season. Before free agency. Before the draft. Heck, before the Combine, even. It’s bizarre and a little insane, but that doesn’t make it any less interesting to speculate about. After all, it’s never too early to think about the NFL — it’s all but a 12-month season these days. Here are my first impressions and some predictions for all 32 teams:
2015 NFL season win totals, odds, 2014 actual wins
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49ers (8.5 wins (OVER -120, UNDER -110); 2014 wins: 8): Losing Harbaugh hurts, and there will be turnover, but the talent is still there. I lean to the “over”.
Bears (7 wins (OVER -115, UNDER -115); 2014 wins: 5): The Trestman era is, mercifully, over. They have issues, but their core is good enough to win nine or so. Over.
Bengals (8.5 wins (OVER -105, UNDER -125); 2014 wins: 10): I am totally incapable of having any faith in a team coached by Marvin Lewis. He is just so terrible. “Under”.
Bills (8.5 wins (OVER -110 , UNDER -120); 2014 wins: 9): I like the coaching change and love the defense. Many questions on offense, but there are some nice pieces. Over.
Broncos (10 wins (OVER -130 , UNDER +100); 2014 wins: 12): I’m skeptical of Manning and of some of the personnel challenges around him. Under.
Browns (6 wins (OVER -125 , UNDER -105); 2014 wins: 7): There are obviously no shortage of issues, but I really like the hire of Kevin O’Connell as QB coach. I’ll risk the over.
Buccaneers (5.5 wins (OVER -130 , UNDER +100); 2014 wins: 2): A rookie quarterback is going to play a whole lot for this team. Good coaching, but hard to trust them. Under.
Cardinals (8 wins (OVER -110 , UNDER -120); 2014 wins: 11): Bit of a gift. I love the coaching, and they did well last year despite horrific injury luck. Over.
Chargers (8.5 wins (OVER -115 , UNDER -115); 2014 wins: 9): I was disappointed with the second half last year, but there is a lot to like about this team — from the coach to the QB on down. Over.
Chiefs (8.5 (OVER -105 , UNDER -125); 2014 wins: 9): This number seems about right. I like to be an optimist when I can, so over it is.
Colts (9.5 wins (OVER -120 , UNDER -110); 2014 wins: 11): I’m bullish on this team this year. Their core is excellent, and I think that the playoff humiliation can give them something to build on. With a good offseason they can be deadly. Strong over.
Cowboys (9.5 wins (OVER -115, UNDER -115); 2014 wins: 12): I like Romo. I’d like him better if he wasn’t made of glass. There is talent, though. Over.
Dolphins (8 wins (OVER +100 , UNDER -130); 2014 wins: 8): Having faith in this team has been tough the last couple of years, but I am not afraid. I’ll take the over.
Eagles (9 wins (OVER -110 , UNDER -120); 2014 wins: 10): There were concerns last year, and they have more issues at QB than they should, but I have faith in Chip Kelly. Over.
Falcons (8 wins (OVER -120 , UNDER -110); 2014 wins: 6): I don’t like Matt Ryan, and nothing about this team has excited me for a while now. Being pessimistic about this team has worked for a while, so why change? Under.
Giants (8 wins (OVER +100 , UNDER -130); 2014 wins: 6): Odell Beckham is a joy to watch, but he can’t win alone, and at this point I hate a lot about this team. Under.
Jaguars (5.5 wins (OVER -110, UNDER -120); 2014 wins: 3): They should be better. They can’t be any worse. I’ll take the over, but without any joy.
Jets (6.5 wins (OVER -110 , UNDER -120); 2014 wins: 4): They needed to make a coaching change, but it won’t be enough. This is a rebuild, not a reload. Under.
Lions (8.5 wins (OVER -110 , UNDER -120); 2014 wins: 11): The team was solid last year, and had the potential to be a whole lot better. I remain optimistic. Strong over.
Packers (10 wins (OVER -145 , UNDER +115); 2014 wins: 12): Frustrating end to a nice season, but the talent is still strong — especially under center. Impossible not to take the over — even at this price.
Panthers (8.5 wins (OVER -110, UNDER -120); 2014 wins: 7): I like how Cam Newton performed last year — especially since he did it without a lot of help. Things should be better now. Over.
Patriots (10.5 wins (OVER -135 , UNDER +105); 2014 wins: 12): There could be a champions hangover, but they are still talented, and Tom Brady still hasn’t shown that he is mortal. Over.
Raiders (4.5 wins (OVER -140 , UNDER +110); 2014 wins: 3): I like David Carr. A lot. It pains me to say it, but I have to take the over.
Rams (7.5 wins (OVER -110, UNDER -120); 2014 wins: 6): Will Sam Bradford be at the helm? Can he last for more than a week? They never quit last year, so I’ll trust them. Over.
Ravens (9 wins (OVER -120 , UNDER -110); 2014 wins: 10): This number is a very tough one. I’ll take the under, but mainly because the price is better.
Redskins (6 wins (OVER -115 , UNDER -115); 2014 wins: 4): I hate the management. I don’t trust the quarterbacking. The coaching sucks. Under.
Saints (9 wins (OVER -110, UNDER -120); 2014 wins: 7): I feel like time may have passed this team by. Last year didn’t feel like a fluke. Under.
Seahawks (11 wins (OVER +100, UNDER -130); 2014 wins: 12): It ended in tough fashion, and more changes are ahead than last year. The over taunts me at this price, though. I’m game — over it is.
Steelers (8.5 wins (OVER -115, UNDER -115); 2014 wins: 11): Tough one. They felt like they overachieved last year, but someone has to win games in that division. I lean to the over, but not by a lot.
Texans (8.5 wins (OVER +100 , UNDER -130); 2014 wins: 9): Bill O’Brien did a solid job coaching, and he should have a better handle on his QB situation this year. Over.
Titans (5 wins (OVER -130 , UNDER +100); 2014 wins: 2): Tennessee is still in the league? Not sure I knew that. Under.
Vikings (6.5 wins (OVER -120 , UNDER -110); 2014 wins: 7): This team tried very hard every week despite almost always having excuses not to. Teddy Bridgewater is truly legit. Over.
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