8 NFL Teams with the Brightest Futures in 2012 and Beyond

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8 NFL Teams with the Brightest Futures in 2012 and Beyond
Brace Hemmelgarn-US PRESSWIRE

Which NFL teams that have been down in the dumps look like their futures are bright around the corner?

If you follow any NFL team long enough, you know that it is impossible for a team to stay in contention every year. There are phases when teams flourish, and then, they inevitably hit the skids. That is the ebb and flow of an NFL franchise. 

The eight teams that we will focus on are teams that have been residing lately in the basement of their own division recently and appear to be poised to take the next step toward gaining respect. These teams may not wind up becoming a serious contender in 2012, but they all seem to have a brighter future over the next two to three years.

All eight teams have something in common. They have not been winning very many playoff games in the past 10 years. Of the teams we selected, only one of them, (Tampa Bay), has won at least three playoff games in the last 10 years, and all of their wins came during their Super Bowl run 10 years ago.

They haven't won a playoff game since. So if your team has been repeatedly in the playoffs for the past decade, they won't be considered here, even if they conceivably have a bright future. Those are the ground rules for the presentation.

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