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Wishful thinking

Charting the best-case scenarios for all 32 NFL teams

At season's start, every NFL club has playoff hopes, the optimism ranging from realistic expectations of 14-2 and home field advantage to wishful thinking about 8-8 and the sixth wild-card spot. Assuming 16-0 is out of the question, what's the most your favorite club can hope for? SI looked at each team's schedule to devise a best-case scenario -- how the season could play out if all the key elements break right. The chart rates each game from -5 (certain loss) to +5 (sure win) and notes a handful of important matchups and calendar quirks that will make or break the season. The +1s are the games to watch -- win those, and the hope becomes reality.

AFC
NFC
AFC NORTH
Baltimore Ravens
Cincinnati Bengals
Cleveland Browns
Pittsburgh Steelers
NFC NORTH
Chicago Bears
Detroit Lions
Green Bay Packers
Minnesota Vikings
AFC SOUTH
Houston Texans
Indianapolis Colts
Jacksonville Jaguars
Tennessee Titans
NFC SOUTH
Atlanta Falcons
Carolina Panthers
New Orleans Saints
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
AFC EAST
Buffalo Bills
Miami Dolphins
New England Patriots
New York Jets
NFC EAST
Dallas Cowboys
New York Giants
Philadelphia Eagles
Washington Redskins
AFC WEST
Denver Broncos
Kansas City Chiefs
Oakland Raiders
San Diego Chargers
NFC WEST
Arizona Cardinals
St. Louis Rams
San Francisco 49ers
Seattle Seahawks
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