While hope tends to spring eternal in the NFL, so does pessimism. Every season a team will live out the dream of hoisting the Lombardi Trophy and becoming Super Bowl champions.
However, that fact only highlights the realization that for 31 other teams something went wrong. Perhaps it was an injury to a star quarterback, an incompetent coaching decision or an overall lack of talent in key areas.
Dreams turn to nightmares awfully quick in the NFL and at the midpoint of the 2012 season it feels appropriate to take a glimpse towards 2013.
What is the worst nightmare possible for each franchise next year?
Let's find out, starting in the desert...