20. Miami Dolphins (7-9)
Ryan Tannehill looked like he could be the guy for the Miami Dolphins at times in 2012. The Fins would be wise to add an offensive weapon or two during the offseason to help him progress next season.
19. Pittsburgh Steelers (8-8)
Anything less than a playoff appearance is a disappointment for this franchise. Aging and injuries all over the roster put a hamper on their chances this season. Despite all of that, the Steel Curtain remains intact as one of the best defensive units in the land.
18. Dallas Cowboys (8-8)
Tony Romo has yet to prove he is capable of stepping up and winning the big games. It's hard for him, though, when his team failed to run the ball effectively for much of the season.
17. New Orleans Saints (7-9)
New Orleans had one of the tougher schedules in the NFL with games against Green Bay, Denver, Atlanta (twice), Dallas, New York Giants, San Francisco and Washington. It also lost to Kansas City in Week 3, too.
16. Carolina Panthers (7-9)
The Panthers took a couple of steps backwards on offense this season in the early running, but got into a groove down the stretch. Winning four straight games to finish the season saved Ron Rivera's job. Let's see if they can carry that momentum into 2013.
15. New York Giants (9-7)
Eli Manning and the New York Giants won't get the opportunity to get hot at the right time this season. This year, their 9-7 record wasn't good enough to limp into the playoffs with.
14. St. Louis Rams (7-8-1)
The St. Louis Rams had their ups and downs in 2012 but finished by winning four of their last six games, including an overtime win over the San Francisco 49ers. Jeff Fischer has this team heading in the right direction.
13. Chicago Bears (10-6)
There isn't a meltdown in recent history that reminds us of what ended in Lovie Smith's ouster in Chicago. After beginning the season 7-1, the Bears lost five of their next six games. Winning their two remaining games meant little, as they lost the playoff tiebreaker to Minnesota and failed to reach the postseason.
12. Minnesota Vikings (10-7)
Adrian Peterson had an MVP-type season after coming off of major offseason surgery. It's too bad that the Minnesota Vikings season ended the way that it did. Peterson couldn't shoulder the weight of his team's entire offense with Christian Ponder sidelined in the playoffs.
11. Cincinnati Bengals (10-7)
Defense got the Cincinnati Bengals to the postseason, and then their offense exposed them for pretenders when the Houston Texans shut them down. Andy Dalton needs more people to throw to than A.J. Green and Jermaine Gresham.
10. Indianapolis Colts (11-6)
Andrew Luck helped turn around a 2-14 team from 2011. His efforts weren't enough, though, as the team's offensive-line struggles were exposed by a resurgent and Ray Lewis-fueled Baltimore defense.
9. Washington Redskins (10-6)
Robert Griffin III is a tremendous athlete and leader for the Washington Redskins. When he's not 100 percent, though, the team is definitely not the same. His running ability opens everything up offensively. When he's hobbled, as he was in the team's playoff loss to Seattle, execution becomes much more difficult.