NFL Playoff Predictions: 4 Potential Surprises

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NFL Playoff Predictions: 4 Potential Surprises
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New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees and wide receiver Marques Colston.

The 2012 NFL season has retained the parity that we have all come to expect in this league. The Cincinnati Bengals demolished the New York Giants this past weekend by a score of 31-13, the Indianapolis Colts beat the Green Bay Packers in Week 5, the Minnesota Vikings have emerged from obscurity and into NFC Wild Card contenders, and the list goes on.

Although the playoff picture is beginning to come into form, there are still a few teams creeping in the shadows that are more than capable of making late playoff runs in 2012. There are a few tremendously talented team's in this league that got off to a slow start and have the ability to squeak into the playoffs with strong finishes. Furthermore, some marginally talented teams have favorable schedules that could enable them to make some unexpected noise this season. 

Let's take a look at four teams that are currently on the outside of the playoff bubble and looking in, but could move their way into contention for the 2012 Lombardi Trophy.

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