Jessie Heller

2012 NFL Playoff Predictions: Dallas Cowboys Among Five Teams That Make Playoff Leap 2012

on July 08 2012 1:09 AM
2012 NFL Playoff Predictions: Dallas Cowboys Among Five Teams That Make Playoff Leap 2012

Each year on average, five teams that made the playoffs fail to do so the following year. Thus, five teams that didn't make the playoffs show up in the postseason. The NFL has touted its parity with such statistics, and this "five in, five out" average has held true since 2000. it's only natural to speculate on five teams that will fail to repeat their regular season success and five teams that will surpass expectations. Who's in?

Dallas Cowboys

With the pressure on, Jason Garrett gets his 'Boys to perform. Quarterback Tony Romo and wide receiver Dez Bryant will connect on a far more consistent basis. Last year, Romo boasted the NFL's fourth best quarterback rating, even with a young offensive line. If the offensive line gels this year, 32-year-old Romo will take advantage of having an injury-free Bryant in tip-top shape as Bryant admitted that his conditioning was sub-par last season.

A motivated, healthy Bryant will give Romo a reliable down-field target, and Miles Austin, if he can stay healthy, is an excellent number two option. Running back DeMarco Murray has the talent, if he can stay healthy to be a Pro Bowl running back.

NFL 2012 Predictions: Peyton Manning's Denver Broncos Among Five Playoff Teams That Will Fall Short In 2012

on July 05 2012 4:36 PM
NFL 2012 Predictions: Peyton Manning's Denver Broncos Among Five Playoff Teams That Will Fall Short In 2012

Each year on average, five teams that made the playoffs fail to do so the following year. Thus, five teams that didn't make the playoffs show up in the postseason. The NFL has touted its parity with such statistics, and this "5 In, 5 Out" average has held true since 2000. Therefore, it's only natural to speculate on five teams that will fail to repeat their regular season success and five teams that will surpass expectations. Who's out?

Detroit Lions

Quarterback Matthew Stafford had an impressive season in 2011, passing for over 5,000 yards. The addition of offensive tackle Riley Reiff in the first round of the Draft will give Stafford more time in the pocket to play pitch and catch with Calvin Johnson. However, with other teams improving and Stafford's issues staying healthy, this won't be the Lions' year. They have no running game, and to say that their secondary is suspect is an understatement. Defensive stand-out Ndamakong Suh is potentially more of a liability than a boost. Amidst penalties, much-improved and healthy Bears roster plus a down year for Stafford, the Lions are out.

Atlanta Falcons

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