The NFL is a parity driven league so it should come as no surprise that teams nobody though would be good goes on runs and squeaks into the playoffs. This happens every year, without fail, and it will happen this season as well. Here are five teams that are in place to improve drastically on a disappointing 2010 season and though a couple of them are no-brainers for improvement, the rest will have you shaking your heads in disbelief. Just remember, though, when these teams start winning that you read it here first.
Cleveland Browns- A team that has been mired in mediocrity for what almost feels like a century, the Browns have been unable to combine to combine solid leadership with a talented team. This could be the year all that changes as the rebuilding effort of this franchise is finally beginning to take shape. With a solid offensive line anchored by the best left tackle in the game, Joe Thomas, combined with a power running game not seen in Cleveland for years, the Browns have the perfect ingredients to shock some people. If second year QB Colt McCoy can continue to be as efficient as he has been this preseason, then the Browns will be in the mix of things in the ultra talented AFC North.
Detroit Lions- The Detroit Lions seem to make this type of list on a yearly basis. Then reality hits as underperformance and injuries strike, causing any hope for a solid season to vanish in a blink of an eye. Could this be the season this changes? Barring injury, then that could be the case as Detroit is honestly as talented on both sides of the ball as any team out there.
Dallas Cowboys- The Cowboys carry the expectations of greatness every season. They believe themselves to be 'America's Team' and as such, playoff runs are a must. This fact makes last seasons inexplicable slip into obscurity even more unfathomable. With the talent they bring to the field each week, a playoff push is a must for these Cowboys.
Arizona Cardinals- The Cardinals, yet another victim of a horrible year last season, went out and upgraded considerable at the number 1 skill position on offense, the quarterback. With the trading for Kevin Kolb and the signing of star wideout Larry Fitzgerald to an 8 year deal, the Cardinals have made a serious commitment to winning. With a division as weak as the NFC West, Arizona is poised to make it back to the playoffs.
San Diego Chargers- San Diego sported the number 1 offense and the number 1 defense last season…and missed the playoffs. This seems like an impossibility but its true and it's left a chip on the shoulder of every Chargers player. San Diego is not only looking to win their division and return to the playoffs but they could very well represent the AFC in the SuperBowl. With weapons at every position on both sides of the ball, don't look for them to miss out on the postseason this year.
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