Wonder handicaps the NFL in 2018. Some of the totals are too high and some are too low, but we did this to get a sense of where the teams were headed this season. I.e. a team with 2 wins will maybe win 4-5 games, but we think it will anchor at a low number. These totals don’t necessary add to 256. Some adjustments were made when later developments at the end of preseason pushed some numbers around.
NE 13-3. Unbeknownst to everyone, Brady sold his soul to the devil to be in the AFC East for life.
NYJ 6-10. Worthwhile growing pains for Sam Darnold, see you in 2019.
BUF 4-12. Nathan Peterman. Need I say more?!
MIA 2-14. No QB, no Defense, no WRs = no wins.
PIT 12? Everything dependent on LeVeon Bell. 10 wins without him.
BAL 8-8. Good defense, mediocre QB, no weapons = average.
CIN 6-10. Should hold a fundraiser to get rid of Marvin Lewis.
CLE 4-12. Anybody who thinks they are ready to compete for a playoff spot should be drug-tested.
JAX 11-5. If Aaron Rodgers was their QB, they would go 16-0.
HOU 10-6. As long as Watson, Hopkins and Watt are healthy, pencil them in for double digit wins. Every year.
TEN 9-7. Do you remember when Wonder said that Mariota would be a better pro than Winston?!
IND 3-13. What was once a promising Andrew Luck-led playoff team has become pathetic. No defense, no OL, no RBs.
LAC 10-6. Rivers will finally show a national audience just how good a career he has had. Stacked on Defense. Underrated Keenan Allen, good OL. The most well rounded team in the AFC.
KC 10-6. Offense, offense, offense. Will light up the scoreboard. Question is defensive secondary and LBers.
DEN 9-7. People will find out that Case Keenum is a pretty good QB. Can they run the ball? If Royce Freeman and the OL can gel, they can be a playoff contender.
LAR 6-10. Losing Khalil Mack cost them 2 games. Plus the locker room. Chucky has lost his mind.
PHI 11-5. Could be more wins depending on how fast Wentz gets back.
DAL 7-9. I cannot believe how quickly the best OL in football has become ok to average plus at best. Defense could be good.
NYG 6-10. An aging QB who might not be protected is not a recipe for success.
WAS 6-10. I feel bad for Alex Smith, who has become a pretty good QB. If you believe in curses, WAS’s history of injuries may be retribution for Daniel Snyder.
GB 10-6. How many games would Aaron Rodgers win if he ever had any defense or running game?
MIN 10-6. Very solid team. Just not as great a Defense as everybody thinks. Top 10 D, but overrated.
DET 7-9. Pretty good team, but Stafford needs some kind of a running game, which is not there.
CHI 6-10. Picked up 2 games after Mack. He may push them to 7 or 8 wins due to great locker room morale. Trubisky is still Trubisky (not sold, oh god no).
NO 13-3. As long as they make it through first 4 games, this team is loaded. Michael Thomas is the most underrated WR in the NFL.
ATL 11-5. Can the Falcons maximize their Offensive potential and play better on Defense? If so, can be a contender.
CAR 9-7. Can Cam Newton be Cam Newton again? McCaffrey will be a beast this year.
TB 2-14. Forget the 3 game suspension, if they don’t get rid of Winston soon, the entire franchise is in trouble.
LAR 13-3. The best team in the NFC, will pound opponents into oblivion. Goff takes the next step. If all personalities work together, you are looking at the Super Bowl champions.
SF 8-8. Luck will determine if they win 6 or 9 games. Everyone is overrating this team. Reuben Foster? Thin team. OL, LB & Secondary are mediocre.
SEA 7-9. Oh how they mighty have fallen. No Earl Thomas = big locker room headache. No OL either. This might be the year Russell Wilson applies for disability.
AZ 6-10. Headed down before they go back up. Need to rebuild behind Josh Rosen.
More Wonder on the Giants: If the right side of the line can emerge and make the OL run block and give Eli time, the Giants can compete for a wild card spot. But that is a real big IF. Also assumes Vernon is healthy and productive. A high ankle sprain injury has a wide range of outcomes. Some have torn ligaments, some don’t. Not sure what he has.