Who Will Emerge as the NFL’s Surprise Team of 2009?

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Published: April 21, 2009


... standings, and surprises everyone by making the playoffs.

With the NFL draft less than a week away, the anticipation is driving me mad.  In the meantime, I have been wondering who will be that surprise team in 2009?

In order to be considered a surprise team, there has to be unanimous agreement that a team has virtually no chance at making the playoffs.

I am not making any bold predictions on which team that will be, but I feel one of the following teams will succeed in making the post-season in 2009: the Detroit Lions, St. Louis Rams, Oakland Raiders, Cleveland Browns, or Kansas City Chiefs.

My purpose is simply to analyze teams that appear to be in rebuilding mode, or those which tend to get written off as “easy games" on the NFL schedule.

There are often articles discussing reasons why making the playoffs seems unlikely for each team, rather than one offering optimistic reasons why any of them may have a chance to suc...

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