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Old 10-27-2014, 03:04 AM   #5
adamrose045
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Only four teams have ever made the playoffs both the year before and the year after a 4-12 or worse season - to contend with; but if Julio Jones can make a complete recovery and the off-season additions on defense, most notably free-agent nose tackle Paul Soliai, who has a Pro Bowl appearance on his resume, are as good as advertised, then they are fully capable of bucking this trend.

3. CAROLINA PANTHERS (8-8): Not only has no NFC South champ ever repeated since the division's founding in 2002, but this team has never - repeat, never - posted back-to-back winning seasons in franchise history, not even the years after 1996 and 2008's 12-4 campaigns. Will battle Chiefs for 2014 "Flops of the Year" honors (at least if one goes strictly by the 2013 final records), and with all-time leading receiver Steve Smith rather unceremoniously discarded, will also battle Josh Gordon-bereft Browns and post-DeSean Jackson Eagles for league's worst wide receiver contingent.

4. TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (6-10): Lovie Smith has declared Mike Glennon his "quarterback of the future" - no doubt making many if not most of their fans hope that relocation to L.A. or London is in their future. Maybe the Bears did the right thing by giving Smith the heave-ho after all.
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