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What five new teams will make the playoffs in 2015?
By Conor Orr
Around The NFL Writer
We still have the draft to go, but there is nothing more enjoyable than re-setting our perception of the league over the last month, especially after one of the best free agency periods in league history. What is the best way to do so? According to NFL Media research, at least four new teams have made the playoffs every year since the NFL adopted the 12-team format back in 1990.
Over the past 10 seasons, that average has climbed to more than five teams per season, with the Steelers, Ravens, Cowboys, Lions and Cardinals all making the leap after missing the playoffs in 2013.
It's ridiculously early, but we've got you covered:
1. New Orleans Saints: A stronger offensive line and a stronger running game mixed with another year of learning under defensive coordinator Rob Ryan. This team's mediocrity a year ago still feels so much like a fluke and after some simple adjustments, the Saints are a prime candidate to reach the postseason again. Unless the Panthers make some serious strides, or a top quarterback steals the show in Tampa Bay, Drew Brees and Co. have us believing that a refreshed roster can make another run.
Dan Hanzus, on the Around The NFL Podcast, thinks the Saints will go 12-4.
5. Atlanta Falcons: What if the Lions take a step back next season and leave a playoff spot out there for the taking? Do the Carolina Panthers inspire much confidence at the moment? Are the Vikings ready to make a serious climb in their division? Do we think that the Giants can finally rebound? If the answer to all of these questions is no, than why can't a team with a phenomenal wide receiver and great quarterback get back into consideration and finish right behind the Saints in the South? Dan Quinn brings a new flavor to a defense in desperate need of some help and Matt Ryan finally gets his rebound season.
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remember when the Los Angeles Lakers Pat Riley patented the term three-peat?

The pistons blew out of his finely tuned machine

Fans of a team with a losing record, that couldn't win a game in 6 weeks sure have their chests pumped out

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smart old veterans pick up QB tendencies fast.

I'd be more worried about the rookie coming into LG than Unger.

I'm still worried about the line though, don't get me wrong on that. It can't be any worse than last year, but it could be as bad still. Not likely, but still possible. :lol:

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Panthers fans... hard to blame them. They don't have the history...yknow?

You do have a very good point Joe

When a losing record reverts to bragging rights

We were a half game behind and admit our team completely sucked last year

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