Nick Stinchcombe | Thu 20/07/2017 - 06:54 EDT

NFL Regular Season Wins 2017: AFC Championship Predictions

NFL Regular Season Wins 2017: AFC Championship Predictions

Super Bowl Champions Will Smash Regular Season Wins

“Just win, baby,” Al Davis, the former longtime owner of the Oakland Raiders, was famous for saying. Winning is everything in this league. But predicting the number of win totals for each team is a different exercise. Let’s take a look at the projected totals and predictions for each AFC club in the upcoming season (odds provided by

Baltimore Ravens (Over 9 Even, Under 9 -130)

 Total Wins Pick Under

The good news? The Ravens’ opponents were 118-138 (.461) last season. The bad news? The Ravens, 8-8 in 2016, have done little to improve and are in danger of missing the playoffs for the third straight year. Baltimore was just 2-6 on the road last year and the offense ranked 21st overall.

Buffalo Bills (Over 6 -150, Under 6 +120)

 Total Wins Pick Under

The franchise has avoided using the word “rebuilding” to describe the 2017 Bills under first-year head coach Sean McDermott. But it sure looks that way, especially with the fifth toughest schedule in the NFL. Buffalo went 7-9 last season, including just 1-5 within their division. They could easily be 1-4 before their Week 6 bye.

Cincinnati Bengals (Over 8.5 -105, Under 8.5 -125)

 Total Wins Pick Over

The Bengals went 6-9-1 last year — the first time the team has not won nine games or more since 2010. With the fourth easiest schedule in the league, a rebound should be in order. After a disappointing season last year, many players and their coach are firmly planted in the hot seat. QB Andy Dalton had one of his worst seasons last year. The turnaround starts with him.

Cleveland Browns (Over 4.5 Even, Under 4.5 -130)

 Total Wins Pick Under

The Browns, 1-15 last year, have finished with four wins or less in four of their last six seasons. You would think after years of losing, the Browns would have the easiest schedule in the league, but they don’t. They have the 11th easiest. The Browns have a ton of question marks for 2017. But the biggest question is, who leads this club to five wins?

Denver Broncos (Over 8.5 Even, Under 8.5 -130)

 Total Wins Pick Under

Meet the team with the toughest schedule in the NFL. The Broncos’ 2017 opponents won almost 58% of their games last year. Denver still has a strong defense, but their offense finished 27th in total yards. If you want to play the over, the Broncos must improve on their 2-4 division record. That’s asking a lot in the AFC West.

Houston Texas (Over 8.5 -125, Under 8.5 -105)

 Total Wins Pick Under

Can the Texans’ defense win nine games? With an unknown at quarterback in Tom Savage, Houston will rely heavily on that great defense to keep them in games in one of the easiest divisions in the NFL. They have one of the easier schedules in the league and the team has finished 9-7 in each of the last three seasons. Not this year, not with this QB.

Indianapolis Colts (Over 9 -105, Under 9 -125)

 Total Wins Pick Under

The Colts’ front office obviously thinks QB Andrew Luck can do great things alone. They’ve done little to surround him with other stars. The team has finished 8-8 the last two seasons. With the easiest schedule in the league, the Colts should improve. But Indianapolis was mediocre at home last year, and they were one of the worst teams for allowing sacks.

Jacksonville Jaguars (Over 6 -150, Under 6 +120)

 Total Wins Pick Under

The Jaguars went 3-13 last year and haven’t won more than five games since 2010. There’s plenty of blame to pass around, but QB Blake Bortles must shoulder most of it. The third overall pick in 2014 was terrible last season, throwing more interceptions than TDs. Many are calling for a resurgence for the Jags this year, but six wins?

Kansas City Chiefs (Over 9 -125, Under 9 -105)

 Total Wins Pick Over
Kansas City

The four teams in the AFC West have the toughest schedules. The Chiefs’ schedule is ranked No. 2. Much of the fantasy talk this year is how good receiver Tyreek Hill will be in 2017. But when it comes to winning games, the spotlight still shines on 13-year veteran QB Alex Smith. The last time the Chiefs did not win nine games or more was 2012.

Los Angeles Chargers (Over 7.5 -125, Under 7.5 -105)

 Total Wins Pick Under
LA Chargers

The Chargers have won a total of nine games in the last two seasons, and now they move to Los Angeles. They also play in football’s toughest division and have the league’s third toughest schedule. They may not win a game in October. These facts don’t add up to an 8-8 season.

Miami Dolphins (Over 7.5 -135, Under 7.5 +105)

 Total Wins Pick Under

The Dolphins finished 10-6 and reached the playoffs as a wild-card team last season. That makes eight wins or more a gift, right? Wrong. Miami has the sixth toughest schedule in the league as they have to face opponents from the AFC West and NFC South. They also allowed more points than they scored last season.

New England (Over 12.5 -130, Under 12.5 Even)

 Total Wins Pick Over

Superstar QB Tom Brady and the Patriots went 14-2 last season and have won at least 12 games in seven straight seasons and 11 of 14. They were also a perfect 8-0 on the road last year. What’s worse for the league is that the Super Bowl champions may have improved with their offseason acquisitions.

New York Jets (Over 4.5 +145, Under 4.5 -175)

 Total Wins Pick Under

It’s tempting to take the over. The odds are just too enticing. But the Jets, 5-11 last season, may be the worst team in the NFL this year. They allowed 134 points more than they scored in 2016. New York has missed out on the playoffs for the past six years, and there’s no indication that streak will be snapped any time soon.

Oakland Raiders (Over 10 -105, Under 10 -125)

 Total Wins Pick Over

This is one of the NFL’s young, improving teams. The Raiders went 12-4 last season, and now they have added Marshawn Lynch to the backfield. As long as QB Derek Carr comes back healthy from a broken leg, Oakland could make a huge run this year. They have the fourth toughest schedule, but the Raiders appear ready for prime time.

Pittsburgh Steelers (Over 10.5 -115, Under 10.5 -115)

 Total Wins Pick Over

The Steelers won seven straight to end last season and cap off an 11-5 record. With one of the NFL’s easiest schedules, Pittsburgh’s explosive offense will be tough to stop. How far they surge into the playoffs will depend on the health of 14-year veteran QB Ben Roethlisberger and a young, improving defense.

Tennessee Titans (Over 8.5 -150, Under 8.5 +120)

 Total Wins Pick Over

The Titans, 9-7 last season, earned six more wins than the previous year. Here’s another up-and-coming team in the NFL. They are led by franchise QB Marcus Mariota, who broke a leg last season. He must return to full health for Tennessee to take advantage of the second easiest schedule in the league and win the AFC South.

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