Published on 08-27-2013 04:09 PM
Every year, some team makes the jump from the bottom of the league into the playoffs. Which of the 12+ loss teams from last year has the best chance at the postseason?
1. Eagles (4-12). New coach, new schemes, the Eagles are the great unknown in a division up for grabs. They have talent on offense in Vick, McCoy and DeSean Jackson. They also get LT Jason Peters back. No one has any idea what the defense will look like.
2. Lions (4-12). Huge step back last year after their breakout season in '11. Calvin Johnson is good (<-that's the kind of in depth, out on a limb analysis for which I'm revered). Matthew Stafford is still an unknown commodity. Big arm, big stats (over 10,000 passing yards the last 2 years), just seems like he should be better. Reggie Bush as a receiver out of the backfield could take some pressure off of Johnson. Yet again they took a d-lineman in the first round while ignoring the secondary.
3. Chiefs (2-14). Call them the Eagles lite. Another new (to them) coach, another unknown, but with less talent. Can Alex Smith be one of those QBs that flourishes in the 2nd half of his career? Jamaal Charles could be huge playing LeSean McCoy in Andy Reid's system.
4. Raiders (4-12). Very little