Think of the NFL playoff chase as more of a hunting expedition.
Teams who are firmly entrenched in the the playoff picture are on cruise control, hunting for the right combination that can take them far into the postseason.
For the teams hunting for just a playoff spot, the woods could be a little murky and dark. Maybe a little hard to navigate through, and therefore, they need to have some help making the big party. But once they get there, they find out they are just an afterthought.
For some teams, they are right there, on the edge waiting to be asked to go on the hunt, but their team makeup will tell you they just aren't ready to take a big leap.
These teams are built like a playoff team, look like a playoff team, but may not be ready to compete like a playoff team.