When you look at last season’s playoffs, there were a lot of teams that could maybe slip out of the postseason this year. In this article, we will be looking at five non-playoff teams from last year, and show you why they will make it this year.
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers
This offseason, Tampa made some big moves, boosting their offense, and grabbing a Super Bowl-caliber quarterback in Tom Brady. With this kind of talent at the QB and WR position, the Bucs obviously can finally be called a playoff team now. Last season, Jameis Winston could not lead the Buccaneers to the postseason, but did make some leadership improvement. The 30-30 season was the last straw though, so they needed to acquire someone who Godwin and Mike Evans could really benefit off of. Tom Brady should be able to take this team to a place where they haven’t been in a while.
- Dallas Cowboys
Last year, as most remember, Dallas and Philadelphia were fighting for a spot in the playoffs. After Dallas lost to Phily, it came as a real shocker to Cowboys fans. How did Dak, Zeke and Amari not get to the playoffs? An 8-8 season would become very disappointing, but Jerry wouldn’t let Cowboys fans down this offseason. Dallas hired a new head coach in Mike McCarthy, drafted CeeDee Lamb, and got some help on the defensive end. This season, with Dak getting one more weapon, it gives Dallas one more reason why they will be in the playoffs this year. Losing Byron Jones was big, but they found a way to replace him with Trevon Diggs from Alabama. Hopefully, it will not come down to the last week of the season to determine if the ‘Boys will make the playoffs or not this year. By judging Dallas’ roster, it seems they have a big chance at winning the NFC East, and making the playoffs.
- Cleveland Browns
The Browns were the biggest disappointment last season proving they were not worth the hype going 6-10. This year the team is getting hungrier and hungrier and there is a very good chance they grab a playoff spot. One more year in the Browns offense will have OBJ not being able to make excuses and hopefully helps his connection to Mayfield. Along with that Chubb and Landry have been playing well and the Browns upgraded their O line in the draft. It is supposed to help Baker not have to scramble for his life on every other play. We will see the full effects in week one whenever it happens due to the virus. The Browns now have some extra time on the clock to come with some Ws next year.
- Indianapolis Colts
When you look at the Colts’ performance from last season, it was, well, a little below mediocre. From T.Y. Hilton’s injuries to the inconsistent play from Jacoby Brissett, Indianapolis was a huge mess. But, this offseason, they have cleaned some of that mess up. They started out with signing Phillip Rivers and Xavier Rhodes, but it didn’t stop there. The draft was also a success for Indy. They grabbed both Jonathan Taylor and Michael Pittman Jr, two promising young players who can do something special in the future. If Phillip can fix the interception issue, we think that Indianapolis can take a Wild Card spot, because the AFC South is weaker due to the departure of DeAndre Hopkins.
- Pittsburgh Steelers
Big Ben will finally be recovered from his injury and get rolling in Pennsylvania.Last year the Steelers season was one crazy ride of a year, from the infamous Thursday night game vs the Browns to losing to a backup filled Ravens. The Steelers just couldn’t get anything done last year leading to them missing the playoffs. Many thought that the Steelers could win 1 game when they had 3 left. They played the Bills, Jets, and backup Ravens and lost all of them. If anyone can help their woes it is definitely Big Ben. He comes back and the offense goes back to looking like a threat. They would have JuJu at WR and Conner as the tailback which is a pretty good duo. The only reason Ben and JuJu wasn’t in our top ten duos article is because we don’t know how Ben will play. With a full recovering Ben they still have a chance at the playoffs.