Could any of these five NFL teams win a Super Bowl in a few seasons?
I wouldn’t know because my favorite team decided to blow a 28-3 lead back in Houston a few years ago. For as much as I’d love to see my beloved Atlanta Falcons hoist a Lombardi Trophy, I’d be pleasantly surprised if Matt Ryan and company bring a championship home to the Dirty South in the next five years. Though I’m still rooting for it, I know a blown opportunity when I see one.
In the last handful of years, teams like the Kansas City Chiefs, the New England Patriots, the Philadelphia Eagles, the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks have all won Super Bowls. So those memories are fresh in their fan bases’ minds. Could any of these teams win a Super Bowl in the next few years? Definitely, but we’re not talking about them anyway. We’re looking ahead.
This time last year, Kansas City was at the top of the list of teams who haven’t won a Super Bowl recently, but we should expect one in the coming years. With a superstar quarterback like Patrick Mahomes, he should be able to bring at least a Lombardi Trophy or two back to Kansas City before he enters his 30s. At 24-years-old, the future is incredibly bright for the best player in the NFL.
So what we’re going to do today is look at five teams who could win a Super Bowl in the next handful of years. Obviously, we’re going to remove the Chiefs, the Patriots, the Eagles, the Broncos and the Seahawks from this exercise because y’all have all hoisted a Lombardi Trophy at least once since 2013. Which five teams could have a big parade coming in the early 2020s?
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It sounds ridiculous, I know, but you have to think outside of the box in these sort of exercises. One team we could see “pop” in the next few years could be the Arizona Cardinals. There is a lot to like about this team and where they are heading under second-year head coach Kliff Kingsbury. If he ends up being a better version of Sean McVay in Phoenix, Arizona could be a sleeping NFC giant.
The most important thing the Cardinals have going for them is a special playmaker at quarterback in Kyler Murray on a rookie contract. He has three more years left on his rookie deal, and that’s before the fifth-year option is extended to him. If he is as special of a player as we think he is or could be, Arizona has a two-to-three year window to hit it big before he gets paid the big bucks.
And it’s not just the Murray/Kingsbury pairing that makes the Cardinals so exciting. There are plenty of perennial Pro Bowlers on this roster, including living legend Larry Fitzgerald, DeAndre Hopkins and the best hands in football, pass-rusher extraordinaire Chandler Jones and shutdown cornerback Patrick Peterson. It wouldn’t be the least bit shocking if the 2020 Cardinals went 11-5.
While the offensive line isn’t great, Murray’s mobility is a means to offset that position group’s limitations. If first-round pick Isaiah Simmons is every bit as good and versatile as he was in college for the Clemson Tigers, this defense could be special. Then again, Vance Joseph is coaching it and that remains a major obstacle. For now, Arizona can win a Super Bowl in three or four years.