Major Media Record Predictions Already Rolling In Following 2014 Schedule Release

The 2013 NFL schedule was released Wednesday night and already we have predictions from one major media outlet as to how each team will finish the regular-season record wise.

ESPN.com team reporters have all chimed in with their predictions and Scott Brown has the Pittsburgh Steelers going 10-6 in 2014.

Brown writes:

The schedule is favorable with only one game out of the Eastern time zone and only two road contests against teams that had a winning record last season. The offense will carry a defense that is in transition and the Steelers will return to the playoffs after missing it in consecutive seasons for the first time under coach Mike Tomlin.

In addition to Brown, Jamison Hensley and Coley Harvey, who cover the Baltimore Ravens and Cincinnati Bengals respectively for ESPN, both have their teams also going 10-6.

Pat McManamon, who works the Cleveland Browns beat, is not as optimistic, however, as he has the team he covers going 6-10.

The Steelers open the 2014 season at home against the Browns and follow that game up with a Thursday night game on the road against the Ravens.

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  • Ryan

    I have us goin 11-5. 10-6 is reasonable. I definitly see us doing better than 8-8 and 9-7

  • Iron Cadet

    i have us going 10-6 too, splitting games with the bengals and ravens, losing to the saints, panthers, colts,and chiefs.

  • Rob Erickson

    I think Panthers on the road is the litmus test. We take that one we win our division at 11-5. We lose that one we go 9-7

  • Jacque Strappe

    It all depends on health. Seems every season does. OL stability, Troy, Ben, and the list goes on. Healthy I think we can win 10/11. Patchwork and we are .500.

  • dgh57

    Yeah, predraft maybe 10-6. I may up that to 12-4 depending on the results of the draft that I wish would hurry up and get here.

  • WilliamSekinger

    My incredibly optimistic prediction is for the Steelers to take care of business against the Browns, and shock the Ravens on Thursday night in M&T Bank Stadium going 2-0 to start the season. They win the division with a record of 11-5.

  • dgh57

    Nothing sweeter than beating the Ravens on their home turf!

  • mlc43

    What would happen in the draft that would make you give us two more games? It has to be a WR because that’s really the only position I can see contributing right away. Well…maybe if we landed a franchise OLT but we aren’t going to do that…so I’m sticking with WR.

  • Nolrog

    It’s too soon to say where we’ll end up record wise. There’s still so much that will happen, between the draft, pre-season and injuries not only for us but for everyone else.

  • steeltown

    Agreed. Between the draft and an annual training camp /preseason injury its hard to predict. I’ll wait till the week of the last preseason game.

  • dkoy85

    Our top 4-5 picks, 5th being a change of pace back, will contribute this year, maybe even more than last years draft class. So WR, CB’s, DE, RB, and LB maybe even T will all be part of the rotation- LB could go either way depending on injuries. Not to mention hopefully one of the skill positions drafted can come in on the return game and let Brown focus on WR. Hitting the “mother load” could easily give us 2 wins.

    This team will look like a brand new team this year, and luckily last year the young guys learned how to fight through adversity and win. That’s how leaders are born and it will hopefully trickle down to other drafts. I’m not going to make any predictions until we see the young guys in preseason, but I do feel this team, at the end of the year last year, has a chance to win the division.

  • dkoy85

    No predictions here until I see the young guys play in preseason, but better tackling last year could have won 1 or 2 more games. Hopefully that improves with Mitchell, and hopefully we don’t draft Gilbert(unless he grows a set). Fuller/Dennard rd 1 and Tuitt/Benjamin rd 2 should give us a jump start on things.

  • Steelers12328882

    Don’t forget about a return specialist. If we drafted someone like Cordarrelle Patterson last year that could’ve impacted a game or two.

  • Biggie

    If we shore up a couple positions in the draft this schedule has capabilities of a 12-4 record with a minimum to me of 10-6 and playoffs. A nice add of a CB Rd 1 (Gilbert, Dennard), WR Rd 2 (Robinson, Matthews) and DL Rd 3 (DaQuan Jones, Ego Fergusen) would really help us for this year.

  • http://thereactionblog.com Michael Stickings

    It may be another one of those seasons. So much uncertainty, from pretty much the entire D to the second WR spot to the OT spots to the punter. The schedule certainly looks favourable, but who knows at this point. I figure it’s a wide range, and predictions between 7-9 and 11-5, inclusive, all make sense to me.

  • treeher

    I always predict the record 100% accurate. Of course, I wait until the season is over …

  • steelster

    nice, do you have a beer with that.