• Bradley Locker

2019 NFL Record Predictions For Every Team

With the NFL preseason getting underway in under a month—and kickoff fewer than 50 days away (!)--I decided to go game-by-game for all 256 regular season matchups for every single team to determine not only records for all 32, but division champs and postseason seeds.


Just for context, these predictions are based on realistic picks and scenarios. Some teams have better rosters than their schedules indicate; in other cases, the opposite is true.


Without further ado, here are my 2019 NFL record predictions for every team.


AFC North

Steelers

Week 1: At NE, L (0-1)

Week 2: SEA, W (1-1)

Week 3: At SF, L (1-2)

Week 4: CIN, W (2-2)

Week 5: BAL, W (3-2)

Week 6: @LAC, L (3-3)

Week 7: BYE

Week 8: MIA, W (4-3)

Week 9: IND, L (4-4)

Week 10: LAR, W (5-4)

Week 11: @CLE, L (5-5)

Week 12: @CIN, W (6-5)

Week 13: CLE, W (7-5)

Week 14: @ARI, L (7-6)

Week 15: BUF, W (8-6)

Week 16: @NYJ, W (9-6)

Week 17: @BAL, L (9-7)


Having to start in New England is certainly rough for the Steelers. Personally, I think the Steelers-Cardinals game out west is the prototypical Mike Tomlin “trap game” and that the Steelers will falter versus an inferior team. This defense should take a big leap forward, and the offense will still be strong as JuJu Smith-Schuster and James Conner play even larger roles. The AFC North will likely, as often occurs, come down to a Week 17 game—this time, the Steelers lose, but they still make the playoffs by the skin of their teeth.


Browns

Week 1: TEN, W (1-0)

Week 2: @NYJ, L (1-1)

Week 3: LAR, W (2-1)

Week 4: @BAL, L (2-2)

Week 5: @SF, L (2-3)

Week 6: SEA, W (3-3)

Week 7: BYE

Week 8: @NE, L (3-4)

Week 9: @DEN, L (3-5)

Week 10: BUF, W (4-5)

Week 11: PIT, W (5-5)

Week 12: MIA, W (6-5)

Week 13: @PIT, L (6-6)

Week 14: CIN, W (7-6)

Week 15: @ARI, W (8-6)

Week 16: BAL, W (9-6)

Week 17: @CIN, W (10-6)


I forecast the restocked Cleveland Browns to win their first division title since 1989. That Week 2 game against the Jets should be a lot of fun considering how significantly both teams have rebuilt in one lone offseason. Clevelanders, rejoice: the Browns make the playoffs!


Ravens

Week 1: @MIA, W (1-0)

Week 2: ARI, W (2-0)

Week 3: @KC, L (2-1)

Week 4: CLE, W (3-1)

Week 5: @PIT, L (3-2)

Week 6: CIN, W (4-2)

Week 7: @SEA, L (4-3)

Week 8: BYE

Week 9: NE, L (4-4)

Week 10: @CIN, W (5-4)

Week 11: HOU, L (5-5)

Week 12: @LAR, L (5-6)

Week 13: SF, W (6-6)

Week 14: @BUF, L (6-7)

Week 15: NYJ, W (7-7)

Week 16: @CLE, L (7-8)

Week 17: PIT, W (8-8)


I still have some considerable doubts about Lamar Jackson as a passer; having a defense that was premier in 2018 lose integral players in C.J. Mosley, Za’Darius Smith and Terrell Suggs shouldn’t help, either. Ultimately, the Ravens regress slightly from their 2018 mark.


Bengals

Week 1: @SEA, L (0-1)

Week 2: SF, L (0-2)

Week 3: @BUF, L (0-3)

Week 4: @PIT, L (0-4)

Week 5: ARI, W (1-4)

Week 6: @BAL, L (1-5)

Week 7: JAX, L (1-6)

Week 8: @LAR, L (1-7)

Week 9: BYE

Week 10: BAL, L (1-8)

Week 11: @OAK, L (1-9)

Week 12: PIT, L (1-10)

Week 13: NYJ, L (1-11)

Week 14: @CLE, L (1-12)

Week 15: NE, L (1-13)

Week 16: @MIA, L (1-14)

Week 17: CLE, L (1-15)


This team’s talent will likely not be indicative of its record, but, if things go as atrociously as planned, they likely should tank for Tua Tagovailoa (or another elite prospect). The Zac Taylor era starts with a dismal 1 win in 2019, thanks in large part to a tough road schedule.


Division Standings: 1. Browns (10-6), 2. Steelers (9-7), 3. Ravens (8-8), 4. Bengals (1-15)


AFC East

Patriots

Week 1: PIT, W (1-0)

Week 2: @MIA, L (1-1)

Week 3: NYJ, W (2-1)

Week 4: @BUF, W (3-1)

Week 5: @WAS, W (4-1)

Week 6: NYG, W (5-1)

Week 7: @NYJ, L (5-2)

Week 8: CLE, W (6-2)

Week 9: @BAL, W (7-2)

Week 10: BYE

Week 11: @PHI, L (7-3)

Week 12: DAL, W (8-3)

Week 13: @HOU, W (9-3)

Week 14: KC, W (10-3)

Week 15: @CIN, W (11-3)

Week 16: BUF, W (12-3)

Week 17: MIA, W (13-3)


Upon the release of the 2019 NFL schedule, fans almost collectively grimaced when reading how easy New England’s slate was. As usual, the Patriots start relatively slowly, but ultimately find their footing to win an 11th straight AFC East crown. The one blip on the radar: I think the Patriots will lose yet again in Miami, as they have 5 of the last 6 times in Hard Rock Stadium.


Jets

Week 1: BUF, W (1-0)

Week 2: CLE, W (2-0)

Week 3: @NE, L (2-1)

Week 4: BYE

Week 5: @PHI, L (2-2)

Week 6: DAL, W (3-2)

Week 7: NE, W (4-2)

Week 8: @JAX, L (4-3)

Week 9: @MIA, W (5-3)

Week 10: NYG, W (6-3)

Week 11: @WAS, L (6-4)

Week 12: OAK, W (7-4)

Week 13: @CIN, W (8-4)

Week 14: MIA, W (9-4)

Week 15: @BAL, L (9-5)

Week 16: PIT, L (9-6)

Week 17: @BUF, L (9-7)


I have a suspicion this Jets team may surprise a few people. The fans piling into MetLife Stadium should have new life considering burgeoning quarterback Sam Darnold coupled with the acquisitions of RB Le’Veon Bell, WR Jamison Crowder, MLB C.J. Mosley, and more. In this scenario, they fail to make the playoffs, but they could threaten the Patriots for AFC East supremacy in several years.


Bills

Week 1: @NYJ, L (0-1)

Week 2: @NYG, W (1-1)

Week 3: CIN, W (2-1)

Week 4: NE, L (2-2)

Week 5: @TEN, L (2-3)

Week 6: BYE

Week 7: MIA, W (3-3)

Week 8: PHI, L (3-4)

Week 9: WAS, W (4-4)

Week 10: @CLE, L (4-5)

Week 11: @MIA, W (5-5)

Week 12: DEN, W (6-5)

Week 13: @DAL, L (6-6)

Week 14: BAL, W (7-6)

Week 15: @PIT, L (7-7)

Week 16: @NE, L (7-8)

Week 17: NYJ, W (8-8)


Another team that could take a step forward: Buffalo. Josh Allen had flashes of brilliance as a rookie; if the Bills can feed off of Bills Mania’s bodacious passion—as well as frigid temperatures--and win games at home, they should finish around .500.


Dolphins

Week 1: BAL, L (0-1)

Week 2: NE, W (1-1)

Week 3: @DAL, L (1-2)

Week 4: LAC, L (1-3)

Week 5: BYE

Week 6: WAS, L (1-4)

Week 7: @BUF, L (1-5)

Week 8: @PIT, L (1-6)

Week 9: NYJ, L (1-7)

Week 10: @IND, L (1-8)

Week 11: BUF, L (1-9)

Week 12: @CLE, L (1-10)

Week 13: PHI, L (1-11)

Week 14: @NYJ, L (1-12)

Week 15: @NYG, L (1-13)

Week 16: CIN, W (2-13)

Week 17: @NE, L (2-14)


It will almost certainly be a long season for Miami faithful. Despite marquee players in Reshad Jones and Xavien Howard, the Dolphins lack superstar power. After a likely disappointing 2019 campaign, look for them possibly target a quarterback—or receiver--in the 2020 NFL Draft.


Division Standings: 1. Patriots (13-3), 2. Jets (9-7), 3. Bills (8-8), 4. Dolphins (2-14)


AFC South

Colts

Week 1: @LAC, L (0-1)

Week 2: @TEN, W (1-1)

Week 3: ATL, W (2-1)

Week 4: OAK, W (3-1)

Week 5: @KC, L (3-2)

Week 6: BYE

Week 7: HOU, W (4-2)

Week 8: DEN, W (5-2)

Week 9: @PIT, W (6-2)

Week 10: MIA, W (7-2)

Week 11: JAX, W (8-2)

Week 12: @HOU, L (8-3)

Week 13: TEN, W (9-3)

Week 14: @TB, W (10-3)

Week 15: @NO, L (10-4)

Week 16: CAR, W (11-4)

Week 17: @JAX, L (11-5)


The Colts follow up a surprisingly phenomenal campaign with an AFC South title. They’ll have plenty of opportunities to scout potential playoff opponents when they travel to Los Angeles, Kansas City, Pittsburgh, and New Orleans.


Texans

Week 1: @NO, L (0-1)

Week 2: JAX, W (1-1)

Week 3: @LAC, L (1-2)

Week 4: CAR, W (2-2)

Week 5: ATL, W (3-2)

Week 6: @KC, L (3-3)

Week 7: @IND, L (3-4)

Week 8: OAK, W (4-4)

Week 9: @JAX, L (4-5)

Week 10: BYE

Week 11: @BAL, W (5-5)

Week 12: IND, W (6-5)

Week 13: NE, L (6-6)

Week 14: DEN, W (7-6)

Week 15: @TEN, L (7-7)

Week 16: @TB, W (8-7)

Week 17: TEN, W (9-7)


The Texans still boast a top-flight defensive unit, but their schedule is unforgiving: their opponents’ .527 winning percentage ranks as the 4th highest. Deshaun Watson’s matchup with reigning MVP Patrick Mahomes in Week 6 should be intriguing, as both 2017 selections have certainly lived up to their respective hypes.


Titans

Week 1: @CLE, L (0-1)

Week 2: IND, L (0-2)

Week 3: @JAX, L (0-3)

Week 4: @ATL, L (0-4)

Week 5: BUF, W (1-4)

Week 6: @DEN, L (1-5)

Week 7: LAC, L (1-6)

Week 8: TB, W (2-6)

Week 9: @CAR, L (2-7)

Week 10: KC, L (2-8)

Week 11: BYE

Week 12: JAX, W (3-8)

Week 13: @IND, L (3-9)

Week 14: @OAK, L (3-10)

Week 15: HOU, W (4-10)

Week 16: NO, L (4-11)

Week 17: @HOU, L (4-12)


Just like the aforementioned Bengals, the Titans’ roster resembles more than a squad that can only muster 4 victories. But home games against elite contingents such as the Colts, Chargers and Saints will likely challenge this team, as will away games in raucous atmospheres. I suspect that the Titans will take a quarterback to replace former Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota in April.


Jaguars

Week 1: KC, L (0-1)

Week 2: @HOU, L (0-2)

Week 3: TEN, W (1-2)

Week 4: @DEN, L (1-3)

Week 5: @CAR, L (1-4)

Week 6: NO, W (2-4)

Week 7: @CIN, W (3-4)

Week 8: NYJ, W (4-4)

Week 9: @HOU, L (4-5)

Week 10: BYE

Week 11: @IND, L (4-6)

Week 12: @TEN, L (4-7)

Week 13: TB, W (5-7)

Week 14: LAC, L (5-8)

Week 15: @OAK, L (5-9)

Week 16: @ATL, L (5-10)

Week 17: IND, W (6-10)


Could the motif of a team’s schedule masquerading as its talent be any more apparent? The same maxim holds for Jacksonville. The Jags’ .531 opponents’ winning percentage transcends even the Texans. If this defense can keep games close, Nick Foles might have a chance; regardless, already playing in one of the toughest divisions in football should test the mettle and moxie of this team.


Division Standings: 1. Colts (11-5), 2. Texans (9-7), 3. Jaguars (6-10), 4. Titans (4-12)


AFC West

Chiefs

Week 1: @JAX, W (1-0)

Week 2: @OAK, L (1-1)

Week 3: BAL, W (2-1)

Week 4: @DET, W (3-1)

Week 5: IND, W (4-1)

Week 6: HOU, W (5-1)

Week 7: @DEN, W (6-1)

Week 8: GB, W (7-1)

Week 9: MIN, W (8-1)

Week 10: @TEN, W (9-1)

Week 11: @LAC, W (10-1)

Week 12: BYE

Week 13: OAK, W (11-1)

Week 14: @NE, L (11-2)

Week 15: DEN, W (12-2)

Week 16: @CHI, L (12-3)

Week 17: LAC, W (13-3)


Chiefs fans might gasp in shock at their Week 2 loss to Oakland; however, keep in mind that this same team nearly lost a battle in the Bay a year ago and barely escaped with a 40-33 win. Nevertheless, a 10-game win streak should catapult this team to another playoff berth and division title.


Chargers

Week 1: IND, W (1-0)

Week 2: @DET, W (2-0)

Week 3: HOU, W (3-0)

Week 4: @MIA, W (4-0)

Week 5: DEN, W (5-0)

Week 6: PIT, W (6-0)

Week 7: @TEN, W (7-0)

Week 8: @CHI, L (7-1)

Week 9: GB, W (8-1)

Week 10: @OAK, W (9-1)

Week 11: KC, L (9-2)

Week 12: BYE

Week 13: @DEN, W (10-2)

Week 14: @JAX, W (11-2)

Week 15: MIN, W (12-2)

Week 16: OAK, W (13-2)

Week 17: @KC, L (13-3)


Just how many years in a row can the Chargers have the same record as the Chiefs yet not win the AFC West? I think the same sentiment holds true this season. Per my projections, if the Chargers can defend home court and beat Kansas City at home, that could be the difference between being the #1 seed and the #5 seed. Regardless, this squad has the potential to make another deep playoff run.


Broncos

Week 1: @OAK, L (0-1)

Week 2: CHI, W (1-1)

Week 3: @GB, L (1-2)

Week 4: JAX, W (2-2)

Week 5: @LAC, L (2-3)

Week 6: TEN, W (3-3)

Week 7: KC, L (3-4)

Week 8: @IND, L (3-5)

Week 9: CLE, W (4-5)

Week 10: BYE

Week 11: @MIN, W (5-5)

Week 12: @BUF, L (5-6)

Week 13: LAC, L (5-7)

Week 14: @HOU, L (5-8)

Week 15: @KC, L (5-9)

Week 16: DET, W (6-9)

Week 17: OAK, W (7-9)


7-1 for Denver at home? You heard it here first. John Elway has (once again) found his quarterback understudy in Drew Lock, who could start anywhere from Week 7 onward. NFL Network’s Adam Rank pegged Denver to post a 2-14 mark; I just don’t see how this team could lose more than 10 games.


Raiders

Week 1: DEN, W (1-0)

Week 2: KC, W (2-0)

Week 3: @MIN, L (2-1)

Week 4: @IND, L (2-2)

Week 5: CHI, L (2-3)

Week 6: BYE

Week 7: @GB, L (2-4)

Week 8: @HOU, L (2-5)

Week 9: DET, W (3-5)

Week 10: LAC, L (3-6)

Week 11: CIN, W (4-6)

Week 12: @NYJ, L (4-7)

Week 13: @KC, L (4-8)

Week 14: TEN, W (5-8)

Week 15: JAX, W (6-8)

Week 16: @LAC, L (6-9)

Week 17: @DEN, L (6-10)


In their ultimate season in Oakland, the Raiders should be optimistic about their team heading into Las Vegas. Yes, they will likely still finish last in the AFC West, but they play some very manageable opponents at home—games that, if won, could help to salvage Derek Carr’s black-and-silver tenure.


Division Standings: 1. Chiefs (13-3), 2. Chargers (13-3), 3. Broncos (7-9), 4. Raiders (6-10)

Note: Even though the Chiefs and Chargers ended with identical records, the Chiefs went 2-0 against the Chargers, so they emerge as AFC West champions.


AFC Playoff Seeding

1. Patriots (13-3)

2. Chiefs (13-3)

Note: The Patriots beat the Chiefs during the regular season, so they earn the #1 seed.

3. Colts (11-5)

4. Browns (10-6)

5. Chargers (13-3, Wild Card)

6. Steelers (9-7, Wild Card)

Note: Even though the Steelers, Texans, and Jets all finished at 9-7, neither team a) swept the other two nor b) lost to the other two. Consequently, the Steelers and Jets both had records of 7-5 against the AFC (compared to the Texans, who went 6-6 in such games), so Houston is eliminated. Moving on to the next rule (full guidelines here), the Steelers beat the Jets in the regular season, so they earn the last Wild Card berth.


NFC North

Bears

Week 1: GB, W (1-0)

Week 2: @DEN, L (1-1)

Week 3: @WAS, W (2-1)

Week 4: MIN, W (3-1)

Week 5: @OAK, W (4-1)

Week 6: BYE

Week 7: NO, L (4-2)

Week 8: LAC, W (5-2)

Week 9: @PHI, L (5-3)

Week 10: DET, W (6-3)

Week 11: @LAR, L (6-4)