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: May 12, 2013, 12:00:14 AM

Which Of Last Year's Losers Will Bounce Back In 2013?

By Michael Quinn

May 10, 2013 3:55 pm

Last year, NFL fans were stunned by the play of the Washington Redskins and the Indianapolis Colts. The two teams who literally went from the worst, to (almost) first, in only a year's time.

The Colts and Redskins had the No. 1 & 2 pick in the 2012 Draft, and essentially bought themselves a ticket to the playoffs.

Some of the teams on this list may come as a shock, but if you would have told me two years ago that the San Francisco 49ers would go onto make two NFC Championship appearances in a row, I would have laughed in your face, and said something along the lines of, "With who!? Alex Smith?!?"

Oh how the tables can turn in the NFL.

With so many disappointments in 2013, which losers (team with record below 8-8) will be able rebound in 2013 and possibly make a trip into the postseason?

5. St. Louis Rams

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It's not easy to make the playoffs, especially when you're the St. Louis Rams. Even harder, is making the playoffs coming from the NFC West and not being named the 49ers or Seahawks.

The Rams were bottom-feeders of the NFC West along with the Cardinals for the last couple years.

Unlike the Cardinals however, this season looks like it could be a seriously huge step forward for the Rams.

After having one of the best drafts this year, improvement seems imminent in St. Louis.

With the addition of the explosive Tavon Austin, the Rams' offense will surely see a spark in 2013.

While everyone is all high-and-mighty on the offense, let's not forget about the defense, which promises to be a top defense in the NFC.

With LB Alec Ogletree and DB T.J. McDonald joining the already potent secondary of Cortland Finnegan and Janoris Jenkins, don't be surprised when the Rams compete for a playoff spot in 2013.

4. Kansas City Chiefs

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Literally the worst team in the NFL last year, yet there's a chance they march into the postseason this year.

After an insane free agency, and the obvious addition of head coach Andy Reid, things are looking up in Kansas City.

Reid made his presence immediately felt with the Chiefs, and after another successful draft, fans can't help but think the 2013 season could actually be one to remember.

While some are saying the Chiefs should be the No.1 "underdog" team, let us not forget what happened last time Andy Reid had a massive free agency hauling.

While it could be a mess just like it was in 2011, let's hope Andy Reid learned his lesson from his past mistakes.

Expect big things from the Chiefs from now on, starting this year.

3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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The NFC is becoming the clear-cut "tougher" division.

Like the NFC West, the NFC South has taken a direction into a defensive type of division, with Tampa Bay leading the way.

After the addition of Darrelle Revis, everyone thought, "Wow, with Mark Barron, Eric Wright and Revis, this defense will see some serious improvement."

Well, the Bucs decided to add ANOTHER top-tier cornerback, in the form of Mississippi's Johnthan Banks, who was a top-rated CB out of this year's crop.

The defense is seemingly unstoppable, so what about the offense?

Well, after a stellar 2012, Vincent Jackson and sophomore RB Doug Martin are surely expected to keep up the production through the '13 season.

With rookie QB Mike Glennon now in the mix, expect veteran Josh Freeman to give it everything he's got, and help the Bucs reach the playoffs for the first time since 2007.

2. Philadelphia Eagles
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Another team who hit gold in the draft, the Philadelphia Eagles seem to be looking at brighter days ahead of them.

With Chip Kelly implementing a high-tempo offense, Philadelphia seems like the team that's best suited for a fast-paced scheme.

Well, by adding Lane Johnson (far and between the most athletic lineman in the draft) and Stanford tight end Zach Ertz, Kelly has made it obvious what he wants his offense to do:


And move some more.

With the return of LT Jason Peters (and essentially the entire offensive line) and Johnson filling the hole at RT, expect big things out of the backfield for Eagles' RBs.

With a healthy team, a new leader, and a new scheme, don't be surprised when LeSean McCoy & Co. have one helluva year.

1. San Diego Chargers
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While teams like the Eagles, Bucs, and Rams having phenomenal drafts, no team may benefit more from their rookie class than the San Diego Chargers.

New head coach and offensive guru Mike McCoy used his first pick in San Diego to protect his franchise quarterback Philip Rivers.

While it might not be a glamorous pick, it was a spot the Chargers needed to desperately fill.

In the second round, McCoy made headlines by selecting this years most controversial player, LB Manti Te'o.

While analysts are skeptical about Manti's play, his daily comparisons to Ray Lewis and Patrick Willis should help calm them down.

My favorite pick though for the bolts however, was Cal's premier Wide Receiver, Keenan Allen.

Ever sine the Chargers brass thought it wise to move RB Darren Sproles and the aforementioned Vincent Jackson, their offense has been in turmoil.

Allen, who back in March was projected to go as high as the first-round, surely has a softball-sized chip on his shoulder after dropping to 76th overall.

After watching SEVEN wideouts get selected before him, expect the shifty and talented Keenan Allen to take the NFL by storm in 2013, when he and Philip Rivers become the No.1 QB/WR tandem in the league.

What Do YOU Think?
No way Chargers storm into the playoffs?

Eagles still years away from taking the NFC East?

Were the Saints snubbed?


Mark Viguri
28 hours ago

Agree Bucs are loaded and Chargers are in easy division and Eagles with Chip Kelly should be fun to watch Rams with 49ers and Seahawks and Chiefs always under preform both will be 3rd in division at best.



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#1 : May 12, 2013, 01:20:07 AM

Ummmm, Rivers and Allen will be the top QB / WR combo in the league? The NFC South is a defensive division? Those are both ridiculous statements

Biff Barker

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#2 : May 12, 2013, 06:31:17 AM

Ummmm, Rivers and Allen will be the top QB / WR combo in the league? The NFC South is a defensive division? Those are both ridiculous statements
The Saints even have a defense? Shocking!
Also, failing to mention TB's signing of all pro safety Goldson   Isn't exactly a casual omission. 
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