Every year, there is some widespread speculation for which teams will be in the hunt for the Lombardi Trophy. It is a well known fact that there is a fifty percent playoff turnover rate in the NFL, meaning that every year, half the teams that made the playoffs the season before don’t make it back.
With this turnover rate in mind, analysts and fans usually have a wide array of teams picked to make it back to the postseason tournament that year. They range from the perennial playoff contenders to the sexy pick that year.
There are some teams every year that no one but the most diehard, blind fans select as contenders. That team, for whatever reason, doesn’t have it that year, and even those homer fans know somewhere deep down that their boys don’t have a chance at the playoffs, let alone the Super Bowl.
Even though teams surprise every season by either surpassing or failing to meet expectations, there are rarely teams that are expected to do terribly in the preseason and then make it not only into the playoffs, but then run the gauntlet to the Super Bowl.
With that in mind, I’ve made a list of the eight teams I think will finish last in their division and therefore have no chance at making the Super Bowl. Even if these teams have surprisingly good seasons, a pleasant surprise would constitute third or even second place, but still no playoff berth.
Don’t agree with my selections for teams that have no chance in 2011 or have some of your own? Let me know in the comments below or on twitter (@JakeBRB). Enjoy.