Keeping in mind that this team managed 8-8 last year with virtually no running game, a train wreck on the offensive line, one of the worst pass defenses in the NFL, and more starters out for weeks at a time (or for the rest of the season) than I can remember in years, it's unbelievable that they were involved in a meaningful game in week 17. That said, it seems reasonable to think that they should be able to do better this year just by staying relatively healthy, but team health doesn't convince me. What really needs to happen is significant improvement in a couple of areas of play: pass defense and the running game, the former being the most vital need. Will this happen? I have no idea. We'll just have to wait and see. And because of that, I find it very difficult to predict a record.