Now we’re changing the rules a bit and heading in a different direction.
As we know, it’s early April, and every club is in the hunt for Super Bowl XLIX. For the sake of this piece, we are going to look back at a baker’s dozen that either reached the playoffs or won 10 or more games in 2013 and consider them all playoff contenders.
While some of these teams' starting lineups appear set (and others don’t), who is available on the open market to step in and start on opening weekend?
As for the order of the teams, we put the Arizona Cardinals first. The club finished 10-6 but missed the playoffs a year ago. The remaining 12 clubs are listed according to their win-loss record and how far they went in the playoffs.
Understand that we are not discounting the other 19 teams in terms of being Super Bowl contenders. We have just opted to draw a line somewhere, and in this instance, we excluded the six teams (Baltimore Ravens, Chicago Bears, Dallas Cowboys, Miami Dolphins, New York Jets and Pittsburgh Steelers) that finished 8-8 in 2013.
What’s left when it comes to free agency, and which of these clubs will benefit the most from not looking foolish in April?