Eight NFL Teams That Could Surprise People This Year

Eli ChesnerCorrespondent ISeptember 3, 2010

8 NFL Teams That Could Surprise People This Year

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    With the nfl season starting in exactly a week, the Saints will try to defend their Super Bowl Cahmpionship. But every year, their are teams that surprise people. 

    My division winners are the Jets, Ravens, Colts, Chargers, Cowboys, Saints, Packers, and 49ers. My wild card teams are the Patriots, Bengals, Vikings, and Falcons.

    Here are 8 teams that could change these predictions.

Surprise Team #1: Chicago Bears

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    When the Bears traded for Jay Cutler from the Denver Broncos last year, they thought he would lead them to the playoffs and possibly the Super Bowl. Well, ugh, they thought wrong. Cutler had his worst year and the Bears finished 3rd in the NFC North last year behind the Vikings and Packers.

    Now with new offensive coordinator Mike Martz likely to lead Cutler back to his godd years, and the Bears signing Julius Peppers in the offseason, the Bears are poised for a playoff run. 

Surprise Team #2: Cleveland Browns

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    Through the 1st 12 games last year the Browns looked like the Detroit Lions team that went 0-16 in the 2008-2009 season. Then the last 4 games against the Steelers, Chiefs, Raiders, and Jaguars, they looked like a playoff team. They finished red hot to end the year and that could possibly carry on to this year, especially since they are opening the year against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

    The 2 quarterbacks for the Browns last year(Derek Anderson-Arizona Cardinals and Brady Quinn-Denver Broncos) are gone, and now veteran Jake Delhomme and rookie Colt McCoy will try and turn the Browns into a playoff team instead of having another laughing stock season. And with the Ravens, Steelers, and Bengals in their division, it wont be easy.

Surprise Team #3: Kansas City Chiefs

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    Last offseason, the Chiefs gave quarterback Matt Cassel a 6 year contract worth $60 million. Last year he didn't play like he deserved that contract. Now he has 2 new key acquisitions. New offensive coordinator Charlie Weis will definitely help the offense. New veteran running back Thomas Jones will definitely help the offense and the running game.

    The Chiefs also drafted safety Eric Berry which will definitely help the defense. And in a division with really only 1 good team in San Diego, they have a legit chance of making a run.

Surprise Team #4: Carolina Panthers

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    The Carolina Panthers had a strong end to the year last year, highlighted by the 41-9 blowout of the Giants. One reason for that was quarterback Matt Moore. Now with a better backup in rookie Jimmy Clausen, and with a top 10 wide receiver in Steve Smith, the Panthers passing game will have little to worry about.

    One thing they have nothing to worry about is their running game. Deangelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart are possibly the best running back duo in the NFL. And they should be strong again this year.

    In a division with the Super Bowl champions and the Atlanta Falcons, it will once again be tough for them to beat these 2 superior teams.

Surprise Team #5 Miami Dolphins

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    e.g. 'Chicago Blackhawks', 'Chicago Cubs'

    As a Jet fan, i hate to say this but the dolphins could be a great team this year. 

    Chad Henne didn't have an eye popping season last year, mainly because he didn't have a great wide receiver to throw to. Now he has one of the best in the game. Brandon Marshall brings alot of hope to Miami's offense. 

    Now with the Jets getting better and the Patriots still an elite team, the Dolphins better hope they can make a run.

Surprise Team #6 Detroit Lions

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    e.g. 'Chicago Blackhawks', 'Chicago Cubs'

    #1 overall pick last year Matthew Stafford was supposed to be the lions savior, especially after their 0-16 season. Well, getting 2 wins wasnt what they were thinking. With Calvin Johnson as their best receiver, Stafford is gonna have to play as a #1 pick.

    Drafting Ndamukong Suh was a great move by the Lions, especially since they needed to improve their defense. 

    It will take a long time for them to be a playoff team, but overall they will have a good year and and will finish at least 7-9.      

Surprise Team #7: Seattle Seahawks

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    e.g. 'Chicago Blackhawks', 'Chicago Cubs'

    People might think im crazy with this one, but I really think the Seahawks can win the NFC West. Matt Hasselback has a very high chance of getting injured. But if he stays healthy, and with Leon Washington coming over  from the Jets, they have a great chance of competing with the 49ers. 

Surprise Team #8 Washington Redskins

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    The Washington Redskins have a chance to be a very elite team. With new head coach Mike Shanahan, and new quarterback Donavon Mcnabb, the Cowboys and Giants better watch out.

Honorable Mentions

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    -Jacksonville Jaguars

    -Tennesse Titans

    -Arizona Cardinals

    -Oakland Raiders