5 NFL Teams That Will Fail to Return to Playoffs

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5 NFL Teams That Will Fail to Return to Playoffs
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One of the biggest reasons fans love the NFL so much is because of the parity the league offers. No other sport can honestly say that 80 to 90 percent of the league has a chance to be a playoff team before the year starts.

You certainly cannot say that in baseball, the payroll between the haves and have nots is too large. The NHL and the NBA take over half of their teams to the playoffs, but even still, the parity does not come close to what you see in the NFL.

There simply aren't many teams that go from worst to first in the NHL, NBA, or MLB.

Since 2002, which was the first season the NFL included eight divisions, at least one team that finished last in their division one year wound up winning their division a year later in every single season.

In order since 2002, the Panthers, Chiefs (twice, '03 and '10), Falcons, Chargers, Bears, Giants, Eagles, Saints (twice, '06 and '09), Ravens, Buccaneers and Dolphins were all worst to first products.

The Indianapolis Colts have the longest active playoff streak in the NFL, having been to the postseason nine consecutive years. The next closest teams are the Baltimore Ravens and Philadelphia Eagles, each shooting for a fourth straight appearance.

Each year, for the past 13 seasons, five teams that missed the playoffs the year before made them the following year. So, which five teams will be making a postseason trip that did not last season, and maybe even more importantly, which five teams that made the playoffs last year will be home the second week in January this year?

The following video slideshow is a comprehensive look at the five teams that will fail to return to the postseason after making the playoffs last year, and the five teams that will replace them. 

I would love to know which five teams you feel are in, and which five are out of the playoffs this season. Please enjoy and feel free to leave your comments; thank you for reading.

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