The NFL’s Circle of Life — as its also called — has been made possible in each of the last five NFL seasons. It couldn’t be finished in 2008, when the Detroit Lions went 0-16, or in 2007, when the New England Patriots went 16-0.
Still, it’s pretty incredible that, in a 17-week NFL season, graphics like this one usually become doable.
It’s called the Circle of Parity for a reason: the NFL is the league of parity. Need more proof? Last season, we saw five teams (the Eagles, Panthers, Saints, Chargers, and Chiefs) make the playoffs that had missed the postseason the previous year.
This season, I’ll be shocked if we don’t see a handful of teams qualify for the postseason that missed out last season.
Here are five sleeper teams (teams that didn’t make the playoffs in 2013) that I believe could content in 2014.