The Best Way for the 20 Non-Playoffs Teams to Reach the Postseason in 2013

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The Best Way for the 20 Non-Playoffs Teams to Reach the Postseason in 2013
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Drew Brees and the Saints saw their three-year playoff run end in 2012.

As we have seen in today’s National Football League, not many teams remain out of the playoffs for very long (although the Buffalo Bills, Cleveland Browns and Oakland Raiders are certainly testing that theory).

Still, after 16 consecutive seasons of at least five new teams in the postseason from the previous year, there was less change to the Super Bowl tournament lineup in 2012.

Six of the eight division winners from 2011 again captured their top spots and there are only four new teams in the playoffs (all of them with either rookie or second-year quarterbacks) from a season ago.

But what about those clubs that were a near miss, or in the case of the 2-14 Jacksonville Jaguars and Kansas City Chiefs, a far miss?

There’s nothing to fear. We have the answers (we think) to cure what ails the rest of the NFL field.

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