NFL Predictions: 5 Perennial Contenders Who Won't Rebound from Slow Starts

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NFL Predictions: 5 Perennial Contenders Who Won't Rebound from Slow Starts
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With Week 5 in the books, the picture is becoming clearer as to which teams aim to contend for the postseason. The Packers, Patriots, Chargers and 49ers seem poised to make playoff runs, with a handful of teams wins away from joining them.

In a weird, through-the-looking-glass way, it has been the year of the doormats. Who among you would have predicted that the Lions, Bills, Raiders, Redskins and Texans would find themselves in the playoff hunt this far into the season? 

There is of course a flip side. Every league needs a couple of whipping boys, and in 2011, some unlikely teams have fit the bill. Playoff teams, even division winners from years past find themselves mired in slow starts.

Here are five perennial contenders who will not rebound from lackluster beginnings, sending their fans in search of brown paper bags.

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