Dallas Cowboys among 5 sleeper teams to watch for in 2014

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Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Last November, Reddit user Lvl9LightSpell completed the “NFL Circle of Parity” for 2013, a wheel-like graphic with each of the NFL’s 32 teams having beaten the team to its right.

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.

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Tags: Arizona Cardinals Atlanta Falcons Baltimore Ravens Chicago Bears Dallas Cowboys

  • Jim

    Cowboy haters won’t agree with you, but as a Cowboy fan i completely agree.

  • Cutler2Marshall312

    Like the list just not the order..
    #1 Bears
    #2 Ravens
    #3 Atlanta
    #4 Dallas
    #5 Arizona

  • John

    I think you might be a little harsh on Matt here. He ranked #4 in passing yards and boasted a 67.4% completion rate. Which was higher then Tom Brady, Andrew Luck and Aaron Rodgers in both categories. I am not saying that Matt doesn’t share some of the blame, I just think your reasoning is flawed here. When your defense consistently lets up (on average) 28 points per game and you do not have a run game to punch it in; you are bound to lose games.