Every NFL season brings new surprises, this is a list of five teams that last season were scrubs, but I think this season—and in the future—will pose an imminent threat in the league.
Do not count these guys out, because this year they are different and could pull off some upsets, and could be the true contender of tomorrow.
With the breakout season of Jamal Charles last year, the Chiefs have a lot to look forward to. Mainly because Charles will be sharing the carries with newly acquired Thomas Jones who rushed for career bests with 1,402 yards rushing and 14 touchdowns.
This gives KC a great thunder and lighting system on offense with these two. But let's not forget former Tennessee Volunteer Eric Berry will also be lining up deep giving a much needed playmaker to this incredibly lackluster defense.
While KC won't win the division, they will take a step in a very positive direction.
I would argue that the Seahawks truly had the best offseason.
Not only did they address the gaping hole at running back by trading for former New York Jets speedster/return ace, Leon Washington, and former Tennessee Titan, LenDale White; but they also boosted their offensive line and secondary by drafting the best offensive linemen in the draft, Russel Okung, and Texas safety Earl Thomas, in addition to getting former USC head coach, Pete Carroll.
Carroll, I honestly believe will make things work out for these Seahawks. Look for Seattle to be in major contention with the San Francisco 49ers for the NFC West Divisional Championship.
I know that a majority of you are smirking at this one but think about it. Yes, in the last two seasons they went 0-16, and 2-14, but a lot can change in a season.
I see them at about a 6-10, 7-9 record, and while that's not impressive, it's a hell of a lot better than they have been doing. Matt Stafford has a decent rookie season and is going to come back strong this season.
Calvin Johnson is no longer the only skilled player at wide receiver. He finally has a nice complement in Nate Burleson who is by no means a superstar, but he will at least free up some coverage on Calvin.
Ndamukong Suh and Kyle Vanden Bosch are going to be wreaking havoc on opposing teams' offensive lines and Kevin Smith now has a nice complement to him in Javid Best.
The Lions this season won't get a winning record, but they will be able to function effectively and I do not expect them to be in the top five again for draft picks this year.
The surprising trade of former division rival Donovan McNabb is obviously the front runner in why this team is coming back strong. They finally have a quarterback who knows what do to, and how to do it.
McNabb is a great quarterback who will make the great play to help you win, and won't make the play to help you lose. Mike Shanahan is calling the shots now and maybe the coaches will actually learn to respect their head coach this time.
Other additions such as Larry Johnson, Willie Parker, and Trent Williams are going to help out massively. If Albert Haynesworth can shut his mouth, stop complaining and show up, then the Skins can be a top five defense this year and potential division winners.
One thing is for sure though, the Eagles are going to regret trading Donovan this season.
Cleveland finally has somebody in the front office who knows what the hell they are doing. Former Seattle Seahawk coach Mike Holmgren has taken the reins of this Cleveland franchise and is going to finally make the Browns relevant again.
Don't expect a lot out of the first year and sure don't expect them to make the playoffs but you can expect them to do something that might catch your attention.
One thing I would definitely look at is this secondary for the Browns which has suddenly become dangerous. Eric Wright (who I remind you is one of the most underrated players in the NFL), is going to be starting along side former Eagles cornerback Sheldon Brown, whom has only missed one game since coming to the pros and backing him up is a shutdown corner in former Florida Gator, Joe Haden.
Haden, barring an injury, will be a 10 year starter and within three years, will be resembling Nnamdi Asomugha. Let us not forget that Benjamin Watson is now in Cleveland, and he is an athletic tight end that can really help out whoever is playing quarterback. I honestly though, do NOT see this team making the playoffs until Colt McCoy steps onto the field.