In every NFL season, there's a changing of the guard. Good teams from the year before take steps back. Teams that struggled make adjustments and move up in the standings. There's always the old standbys of course. The New England Patriots, Green Bay Packers and those pesky New York Giants always seem to be there in the end.
The San Francisco 49ers rose from the ashes left by Mike Singletary, the Detroit Lions improved dramatically behind a healthy Matthew Stafford and the Denver Broncos made the playoffs with an inspired defense and clutch quarterback play.
It happens every year. That's what makes the NFL so enjoyable to watch. So, who will be the teams to dramatically change their fortunes in 2012?
I've selected one team from each division that I think will show dramatic improvement next season.
Here's my list. Enjoy!