Six 2011 NFL Playoff Teams That Could Miss the Cut in 2012

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Six 2011 NFL Playoff Teams That Could Miss the Cut in 2012
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The Colts finally missed the playoffs in 2011 thanks to the loss of this guy. Who will it happen to in 2012?

So I've done a little research to get a good estimation on how many teams routinely make the playoffs in a given year and then proceed to miss the playoffs in the year that follows. Over the past 10 seasons, a grand total of 59 out of a possible 120 playoff teams have missed the playoffs after making the playoffs the previous year. That's an average of 5.9 teams per year (we'll round up and say six).

Regardless of the reason, whether it be from a weak division that constantly changes hands, a team that lost its starting quarterback for the year, or a team that simply got old, it's almost a sure bet that five or six teams will miss the playoffs the following year.

In four separate seasons, five of the 12 teams have experienced this. The year in parenthesis is when they made the playoffs—the year that is in bold is the season they missed.

2010

  1. Cincinnati Bengals (2009)
  2. San Diego Chargers (2009)
  3. Dallas Cowboys (2009)
  4. Minnesota Vikings (2009)
  5. Arizona Cardinals (2009)

2009

  1. Miami Dolphins (2008)
  2. Pittsburgh Steelers (2008)
  3. Tennessee Titans (2008)
  4. New York Giants (2008)
  5. Carolina Panthers (2008)

2004

  1. Baltimore Ravens (2003)
  2. Tennessee Titans (2003)
  3. Kansas City Chiefs (2003)
  4. Dallas Cowboys (2003)
  5. Carolina Panthers (2003)

2002

  1. Baltimore Ravens (2001)
  2. Miami Dolphins (2001)
  3. New England Patriots (2001)
  4. Chicago Bears (2001)
  5. St. Louis Rams (2001)

In four separate seasons, this occurred to six teams.

2011

  1. New York Jets (2010)
  2. Indianapolis Colts (2010)
  3. Kansas City Chiefs (2010)
  4. Philadelphia Eagles (2010)
  5. Chicago Bears (2010)
  6. Seattle Seahawks (2010)

2008

  1. New England Patriots (2007)
  2. Jacksonville Jaguars (2007)
  3. Washington Redskins (2007)
  4. Green Bay Packers (2007)
  5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2007)
  6. Seattle Seahawks (2007)

2007

  1. New York Jets (2006)
  2. Baltimore Ravens (2006)
  3. Kansas City Chiefs (2006)
  4. Philadelphia Eagles (2006)
  5. Chicago Bears (2006)
  6. New Orleans Saints (2006)

2006

  1. Cincinnati Bengals (2005)
  2. Pittsburgh Steelers (2005)
  3. Jacksonville Jaguars (2005)
  4. Washington Redskins (2005)
  5. Carolina Panthers (2005)
  6. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2005)

In one season, seven of 12 teams missed the playoffs.

2005

  1. New York Jets (2004)
  2. San Diego Chargers (2004)
  3. Philadelphia Eagles (2004)
  4. Green Bay Packers (2004)
  5. Minnesota Vikings (2004)
  6. Atlanta Falcons (2004)
  7. St. Louis Rams (2004)

And in one more season, somehow eight of the previous 12 teams missed the playoffs.

2003

  1. New York Jets (2002)
  2. Pittsburgh Steelers (2002)
  3. Cleveland Browns (2002)
  4. Oakland Raiders (2002)
  5. New York Giants (2002)
  6. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2002)
  7. Atlanta Falcons (2002)
  8. San Francisco 49ers (2002)
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