NFL Playoff Predictions: 4 Underrated Teams That Could Make a Super Bowl Run

Jeffrey Schmidt@JeffSchmidt9Correspondent IIIDecember 20, 2011

NFL Playoff Predictions: 4 Underrated Teams That Could Make a Super Bowl Run

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    With Week 15 of the NFL season finally in the books, we can now start to see who the front runners are for a Super Bowl title and which underrated teams may have the ability to make a similar run.

    There are still a number of spots left in the NFC, while the AFC has both the AFC West and one wild-card slot remaining.

    The NFL witnessed "Upset Sunday" during Week 15, which reminds us of how unpredictable NFL games can be. 

    With only two games remaining for every NFL team, let's look at the five teams that could make an unexpected run at a Super Bowl title. 

Houston Texans

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    The Texans were upset on Sunday against the visiting Carolina Panthers, and the game showed that Houston is vulnerable at the quarterback position. 

    T.J. Yates, who came into the season as the Texans third-string QB, took a step backwards against the Panthers after a strong outing the week before at Cincinnati. 

    The quarterback contributed two interceptions, including a devastating one inside the red zone, which left the Texans and the NFL with the question of how far can this team really go.

    Yates still has two weeks to remove the kinks from his play which is something Houston and its fans are grateful for.  Houston still has one of the leagues top defenses and top running games, which makes them a contender for a Super Bowl in my book. 

New York Giants

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    There are seven words that explain the New York Giants and they are "plays at the level of their competition."

    The team played a great game against the then-undefeated Green Bay Packers, and then they went into Dallas and beat an explosive Cowboys team.  However, then Giants went on to lose to a four-game winner in Washington, with their worst overall performance of the season. 

    New York will face a Jets team that is extremely hungry for a win after their embarrassing loss against Philadelphia, which makes this game a make or break for both teams. 

    The Giants have proven they can play with the NFC's best, which makes them a team that has a chance to make a Super Bowl run. 

Detroit Lions

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    The Detroit Lions won again on Sunday, and they have proven that they have the ability to come back from any deficit.

    Matthew Stafford led the charge as he threw for almost 400 yards and four touchdowns with almost no help from the ground game. 

    The Lions have the weapons to make a playoff push, but they are going to have to sure up their ground game and pass defense to make a serious run. 

Dallas Cowboys

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    The Cowboys have had their fair share of struggles so far this season, but there is no doubt in my mind that this team could make a Super Bowl run if they do make the playoffs. 

    Tony Romo is playing at an elite level and the defense proved that they are still a force when they defeated Tampa Bay on Saturday. 

    The Cowboys will need Felix Jones and the running game to be at its best if they want to make a serious run in the playoffs.