It isn't easy getting to the playoffs in the National Football League. Whereas the NBA allows half their teams to face off in a round-robin contest, the NFL allows only six teams in each conference, with each conference holding 16 teams respectively.
Out of those 12 teams that make the playoffs, only several that go in have real Super Bowl dreams in the offseason. For example, no matter what you hear from Jim Harbaugh (and this man is willing to say anything), did you really think they had dreams of making it one fumble away from the Super Bowl? I would think not.
But the Patriots? Many pundits predicted they would get that far and the only upset was that they failed to win the whole thing.
However, this list of teams isn't so much a prediction of how bad these teams might be but a result of a numbers crunch in the NFC. The NFC is absolutely stacked this year with teams like the 49ers, Packers, Falcons, Bears, Cowboys, Giants, Lions and Saints presumably holding strong chances to make the playoffs and fighting for just five spots.
Three of my four suffer from that numbers crunch and if they were in the AFC, they'd have a much better chance to enter the single-elimination tournament.
No one would be surprised if these four teams made the playoffs and consequently a run to the Super Bowl, but there are many obstacles that they will need to overcome that ultimately will get the better of them.
Note that the New York Jets will not be included on this list despite ESPN's best attempt to rename themselves TebowTV.