NFL: 4 playoff teams that won’t be back in 2014

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Jan 12, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) against the Denver Broncos during the 2013 AFC divisional playoff football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Both history and statistics will tell us that the same six teams for each conference who made the 2013 NFL playoffs won’t be the same who make the playoffs in 2014. Whether it’s an injury, bad performances, or just plain other teams being better, some teams just won’t be making a return trip to the playoffs this year. Last season, we had the Indianapolis Colts, Kansas City Chiefs, San Diego Chargers, Cincinnati Bengals, New England Patriots and Denver Broncos make it in the AFC, with the New Orleans Saints, Philadelphia Eagles, San Francisco 49ers, Green Bay Packers, Seattle Seahawks and the Carolina Panthers in the NFC.

Which four of those NFL teams are most likely to not return to the playoffs in 2014?

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  • arnie

    HA! No the Chargers will be back. I get they “backed-in” or, “lucked-out”, to get into the playoffs, but let’s face it, they weren’t even supposed to be in the conversation, let alone actually be in. When the 13′ season started, they were supposed to be a 3 or 6 win team. Add to that they never had all the starters on the field, and some questionable “conservative” play-calling, yet they still managed to be competitive, despite what former coach norv turner, said they wouldn’t.
    The facts are the Chargers had one of the best lines in the league, the proof is in Mathews return to the 1,000 rushing club, and Rivers being the second best passer, without his # 1 an 2 WR. This year, they resigned the whole O-line, and the their free agents. Added depth an talent to the roster, while still being under a cap strapped year. The reality is “big name” signings don’t win championships. Manning just got pummeled by a bunch on “no-name” 5th an 7th rounders.

    • Nick619chargers4life

      “Say it again” in my pinky voice . Lol
      People have no idea what the Chargers are about to do to the NFL this season , oh I can’t wait . #shocktheworld

    • Robert Fairbanks

      Let’s hope you are correct, because injuries will be the biggest problem for the Bolts.

      • arnie

        Every team get injuries. Yet the 29th ranked defense still managed to make the playoffs, win a a playoff game, and be one of two teams to hold the #1 scoring offense, in the league, to season scoring lows. Seattle was the other one.
        Injuries wasn’t the only problem, it was a lot of new players, and new starters, learning to play together. the learning curve is over, so injuries or not they asa team have better idea of what they can do, and what to expect from one another. Chemistry is very underrated.

    • Nick in PB

      Thanks for mentioning Norv Turner Arnie. McCoy has instilled a winning attitude on this team. Something Norv could not do.

      • arnie

        Context nick, It’s all about context. norv was a horrible “Head Coach”.

  • joe

    Eagles will be back no doubt.

    • Rex Lajos

      Jordan Matthews will win rookie of the year. They will dominate the nfc east. Chargers will get they wildcard again, but in a more authoritative way.

  • Sergio Quintero

    The chargers if you don’t follow them its damn easy to go with the they got lucky in the final game and backed into the playoffs narrative.

    But to answer your points, the chargers found really creative and excruciatingly painful and you can say unlucky ways to lose 3 and up to 4 games in their season, which included a conceded by the NFL incorrect call on field goal block that resulted in a 4 point swing against the Texans (3 point loss), a dropped gimme INT in the final drive and an uncalled offensive P.I. in the decisive drive by the Titans, and the inability to score from the one yard line in 3 straight plays vs Redskins (even though the Woodhead TD that was overturned could have easily been called as “Stands”), and a debatle roughing the passer penalty in a TD drive that cost the chargers a turnover and 7 point swing in a game decided by 5 points. So to call this team lucky that I will not buy.

    In terms of Rivers age, you do know he’s 5 years younger than Peyton Manning right??, and Manning appears like he’s going to play till 40 or even up to his early 40′s, and Manning plays a very similar get off quick passes stay in the pocket, take very little hard shots playing style. If Rivers depended off his ability to run and his arm strength to make plays I would buy the declining argument, he doesn’t.

    Add to that, they were a team that got 8 games combined from their best 2 pass rushers (Freeney & Ingram) and they got 2 games from their expected no.1 WR in Malcom Floyd, they get all 3 guys back healthy, and they add a really damn good zone corner in Brandon Flowers, if they have reasonable luck meaning not blowing 3-4 games, and reasonable health, 9-11 wins seems more than reasonable.

    • Nick in PB

      Good points Sergio. This person is way off.

  • Tazzster

    Horrible analysis.

    The Chargers wont make the playoffs, because they did not sign a big name free agent…. um wow. Because signing big name free agents = playoffs.

    Next time do some research and actually study the teams off-season moves before you write an article.

  • Rex Lajos

    I have the fear that the Chargers will be like the cardinals last year. Win 10 games and not make the postseason. I hope I’m wrong.

  • powderBLUE801

    Stuff it bro!! That’s all I need to say. Boom

  • John Alton

    Did this idiot writer do any research at all? According to this wannabe writer, the Chargers won’t get in to the playoffs because they did not sign a big name receiver. According to her logic, the Seahawks should have never made it to the playoffs last year without a big name receiver. Give it up, you suck at writing about the NFL!

  • Steve Diaz

    Horrible analysis. Who is this writer again?

  • Nick in PB

    This guy (or girl) just seems like a hater. Their analysis from afar is just that, as an outsider that doesn’t realize the inner-workings of this team and how they have built depth, something they didn’t have last years as a playoff team. How many years does Rivers have left? WTF… aren’t we talking about this season? Why did we need a big FA signing at receiver? We’ve got Malcom back. That’s enough. This person is just way off. If they had mentioned the tough schedule, maybe it would have made a little sense but this writing is just plain off.