Which suffering franchise gets relief next?
Super Bowl XLV is less then two weeks away. After the first 44 Super Bowls, 18 of the NFL's 32 teams walked away victorious.
I will break down the remaining 14 teams, from most likely to least likely, that will end their title drought first.
Teams fall into three categories; best case scenario they win the Super Bowl within the next four years, best case scenario they win the Super Bowl in the next 4-10 years, and best case scenario it will take at least 10 years. These rankings will be based off of recent success, young talent currently on the roster, front office acumen, and a variety of intangible factors.
Just finished 13-3 with the No. 1 seed in the NFC.
They have a young franchise QB in Matt Ryan.
The team as a whole; currently have a relatively young core.
Just won the NFC East.
Have been to five NFC Championship games in the last 10 years, including one Super Bowl.
The Eagles are loaded with great young skill position players like Jackson, Maclin and McCoy.
Didn't make the playoffs, but did finish with a winning record this season.
Philip Rivers is an MVP candidate at QB.
The Chargers have made the AFC Championship game within the last four years.
Almost made the Super Bowl last year.
Realistically, all they need are a good QB and a drama free setting to potentially win it all.
The Vikings are the last team from the top category.
Peyton Manning is starting to show signs of age. Four years from now he could be in a serious decline and the Texans could be poised to take over and dominate the AFC South.
They already have good young pieces in place on offense. If they draft well over the next few years to improve their wretched defense, they could be a force in the division after Manning finally gets old.
They have the best young stars of any team in Suh, Calvin Johnson and Matthew Stafford (if he can stay healthy).
They still need several more years of productive drafts to beef up the defense and offensive line.
However, if they draft well, they could be ranked far too low.
This has little to do with the current roster, even though there are a few nice young pieces in place.
Mike Holmgren is a proven winner and it would not be out of the question for him to build a Super Bowl winner over the next decade.
Even though they just made the playoffs and won a playoff game, the Seahawks are a team that is short on championship level talent.
They will also have to compete with a young potential franchise QB in the division with Sam Bradford.
They do get a bonus bump for the Qwest Field advantage.
The last of the teams that could win the Super Bowl within the next decade.
Even at their worst, they have been decent in recent history.
However, the Vince Young and Albert Haynesworth situations have set the franchise back.
Chris Johnson does offer hope though.
The most likely of the teams to end their drought for those having to wait at least a decade.
I put them the highest simply based on their odds of moving to Los Angeles.
It could add a ton of financial flexibility to the team.
There is not much to like here.
However, they have been to a Super Bowl as recently has five years ago.
Even though they appeared in the Super Bowl just two years ago, they have taken a major step back since then.
A history of poor support from ownership is what really drags their ranking down.
They are tied for the current longest playoff drought.
They have a severe lack of young talent.
They rarely attract top free agents to Buffalo.
They also are in the same division as the Patriots and Jets.
Only two winning seasons since 1990. They play in the same division as the Steelers and Ravens (arguably two of the best run franchises in the NFL).
Most importantly, owner Mike Brown is the second worst owner in all of pro sports (Donald Sterling take a bow).
I can't see the Bengals winning the Super Bowl as long as the Brown family owns the team.
Unfortunately for Bengal fans, I don't see that ending any time soon.
Which Super Bowl winners will stand in the way from these teams breaking their drought?