Which Are the 2014 NFL Season's Most Legitimate Sleeper Teams?

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Which Are the 2014 NFL Season's Most Legitimate Sleeper Teams?
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In just about every season, the NFL has one or two surprise teams that come from nowhere to charge into a playoff spot.

Last year it was the San Diego Chargers and Kansas City Chiefs out of what was supposed to be a lackluster AFC West. Two years ago featured the Minnesota Vikings unexpectedly making the postseason, carried by unlikely MVP Adrian Peterson.

We know who the favorites are heading into the 2014 season—San Francisco, Denver and Seattle, to name a few. We also know the contenders and those who expect to compete.

But which teams that are off everybody's radar could make some postseason noise?

None of these teams had a winning record last season. Indeed, the past few years—if not longer—have been mediocre or worse for them, and few expect any of these clubs to be serious. Yet due to player progression and offseason additions, among other things, the following five could take a big step. 

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