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Online NFL Preview: Teams Most Likely To Have a Losing Season

Written by on March 11, 2015

If you’re an online NFL betting buff that is looking to get a big jump on everything relating to the upcoming 2015 regular season, then you need to know just which teams are likely to have losing seasons. That’s right gridiron gamblers…while football fans and bettors across the globe all want to know which teams are going to be likely winners in 2015, knowing which teams are almost certain to fail can be just as helpful in your information-gathering efforts, if not more so. Remember, betting on consistent losers is often as profitable as betting on consistent winners, if not more so. With that said, this fun-filled, yet informative analysis on the handful of teams that I expect to have losing seasons, could go a long way toward helping you have a successful 2015 wagering campaign. Okay, with the 2015 NFL Draft quickly approaching, let’s get the ball rolling.

AFC

Just five teams recorded losing records in the competitive AFC in 2014 and one of those teams (Cleveland) narrowly missed out on reaching .500 by just one defeat.

jaguarsJacksonville Jaguars (+30000)

I like young quarterback Blake Bortles and I believe he could be the answer the Jacksonville Jaguars have been looking for ever since Mark Brunnell hung up his cleats in Jacksonville. Still, the Jags are a long shot to reach a half-dozen wins after going 3-13 SU in 2014. Even with a weak schedule that is ranked as the eighth easiest (118-137-1, .463) on the docket in 2015, I say, pencil Jacksonville in for one of the worst records in the league in 2015.  

titansTennessee Titans (+30000)

The Titans (2-14 SU) could approach a half-dozen wins as well, but expecting anything beyond that is a bit unrealistic – even if they draft Marcus Mariota with the No. 2 overall pick in the draft and have the seventh easiest schedule (111-144-1, .435) on the docket for 2015.  

 

jetsNew York Jets (+15000)

I really like New York’s hiring of former Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles, but there’s no way Bowles leads the Jets to a winning record in 2015 in his first season. I like New York to record six wins and seven at the very most, even though they have just the 18th strongest schedule (125-131, .488) on the books for 2015.    

raidersOakland Raiders (+30000)

Much like the aforementioned Jets, I really like Oakland’s hiring of veteran head coach Jack Del Rio to lead them in a new direction heading into the 2015 regular season. Having said that, let me also say that no matter how hard I try, I just can’t see the Raiders recording a winning record in 2015. I’m thinking six or seven wins at most are likely in order for the Raiders in 2015, particularly seeing as how Oakland is tied for the seventh strongest schedule in the league in 2015, (139-116-1, .545).  

brownsCleveland (+7500)

I know the Browns just missed out on recording a solid 8-8 record in 2014, but I’ve got a feeling that the franchise is headed for a step backwards in 2015, although I like the addition of veteran signal-caller Luke McCown. With Buffalo, Kansas City and Houston my trio of picks to really challenge for an AFC Wild Card postseason berth in 2015, I think the Browns get left on the outside looking in come playoff time – again. Besides, the Browns will have their work cut out with the ninth strongest schedule on the books in 2015 (138-116-2, .543).  

dolphinsMiami (+4500)

I don’t know how else to say it, but as a lifelong Miami Dolphins fan, I’m going to be the first person to admit that both, Ryan Tannehill and Joe Philbin reek of ‘mediocrity.’ The Dolphins have never recorded a winning record under Tannehill or Philbin and I just don’t see it happening in 2015 either, not with their totally vanilla offense. Miami has the 17th strongest schedule in the league in 2015 (126-130, .492).  

NFC

A whopping seven teams compiled losing records in the NFC in 2014 and I’m going on record right now to say the following handful of teams will miss out of the NFC portion of the playoffs in 2015.

bearsChicago Bears (+7500)

I like John Fox a lot, but I think the former Broncos head coach is going to have his work cut out in trying to get the Bears back to respectability and in the NFC playoff mix, particularly with career underachiever Jay Cutler still under center. The Bears have the 13th strongest schedule on the books in 2015 (136-120, .531) and that simply doesn’t bode well for Fox in his first season in the Windy City.  

49ersSan Francisco 49ers (+2500)

San Francisco fell to 8-8 after being legitimate Super Bowl title contenders for the previous three seasons. Unfortunately, I think the Niners could take another step backwards in 2015 in Jim Tomsula’s first season by the bay. I could be wrong, but I just don’t see Tomsula being able to motivate San Francisco’s players nearly as well as former head coach Jim Harbaugh during his time with the franchise. Making things even more difficult for Tomsula is the fact that san Francisco will play the third toughest schedule in the league in 2015 as they face a gauntlet of teams whose combined record in 2014 was 143-112-1, (.561).  

buccaneersTampa Bay Buccaneers (+20000)

Even with the No. 1 pick in the draft, I just don’t see Lovie Smith guiding the Buccaneers to a winning record – at least not in 2015. The Bucs won just two games this past season and while I believe they will take a big, positive step forward to six or possibly seven wins, there’s no way I see Tampa Bay getting to the nine wins it would take for them to compile a winning record. The good news for Tampa Bay fans is the fact that the Bucs have the fourth easiest schedule (108-146-2, .425) in the league in 2015.  

giantsNew York Giants (+4500)

I could be wrong, but it sure looks like veteran head coach Tom Coughlin has lost the New York Giants locker room after winning two improbable Super Bowl titles. Not only that, but veteran quarterback Eli Manning has played more like a struggling rookie than a seasoned veteran the last two seasons. The G-Men have a lot of change taking place on their roster this offseason and it all adds up to what looks like a losing campaign in 2015.  The good news for Giants fans and betting backers is the fact that the G-Mean are tied for the 12th easiest schedule (122-133-1, .478) in the league in 2015.  

redskinsWashington Redskins (+15000)

RG3 and the Washington Redskins are likely down to their last chance as a group to get in done in the nation’s Capitol. Washington will have a long climb back to respectability after winning a pitiful four games in 2014 and just seven games over the last two seasons combined. With just the 20th toughest schedule on the docket for 2015, Washington could even approach seven or eight wins.