For some teams, the road to the Super Bowl is seemingly an easy one. The New England Patriots, Pittsburgh Steelers, and Indianapolis Colts have been Super Bowl contenders for as long as most fans can remember.
But for most teams, becoming an perennial contender is not so easy. In a league dominated by superstar quarterbacks and stifling defenses, some teams are just one piece—or even one more year of experience—away becoming legitimate contenders.
Nearly every season, there is one or two teams who make a run a year or two before they are expected. Unfortunately for the fans of the teams to follow, it seems as if they may have to wait another year.
Here are five teams who are still one year away from contending for a Super Bowl.