Which NFL Team Has the Best Chance of Going from Worst to First?

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Which NFL Team Has the Best Chance of Going from Worst to First?
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The Philadelphia Eagles are one of the teams destined to stay at the bottom of their respective divisions

As the spring draws to a close and the dog days of summer come upon us, the NFL is starting to see its teams start their mandatory minicamps in preparation for the season.

The thing that is beautiful about today's NFL is that it offers even the worst teams in the league the chance to go from laughing stocks to perennial contenders.

So while some teams who finished at the bottom will end up disappointing their fans once again, some teams will surprise their respective fan bases and escape obscurity and rise to the top.

After all, according to a 2012 article on bigleadsports.com, there have been nine (now 10 as the Redskins won the NFC East this past season) consecutive years in which a team that was at the bottom of their division the year before turned things around and won the division the year after. 

Who are the candidates for this year's worst-to-first turnaround? 

Team 2012 Record
*Buffalo Bills
6-10
Cleveland Browns 5-11
Jacksonville Jaguars 2-14
Kansas City Chiefs 2-14
Philadelphia Eagles 4-12
Detroit Lions 4-12
*Tampa Bay Buccaneers                         
7-9
Arizona Cardinals 5-11

*The Buccaneers and Bills were tied for last place in their divisions, but based on final standings from NFL.com, they were officially in last place.

The following slides will give a percentage of how likely these last-place teams are to make a quicker-than-anticipated rise up the standings.

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