One of the biggest draws of the NFL is the fact that it presents an ever-changing landscape. Each new year can see a powerhouse crumble while previous basement dwellers rise from the depths and into playoff contention.
This coming season will likely bring more of the same.
While trying to predict the fall of the mighty can sometimes be fun (especially for fans of opposing teams), today we are going to focus on those teams poised to leap from obscurity and into contention.
It is important to note that this is not a prediction of teams that will make the 2014 postseason, but a look at teams that are ready to realistically compete for a playoff spot after years of futility.
To qualify for our list, teams cannot have reached the postseason in the past three years (following the 2011-12 season). Potential contenders will be identified based on offseason roster and coaching moves, strength of schedule and player health and availability.