Eight teams that missed playoffs in 2016 currently in playoff position

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Since the 12-team playoff format was introduced to the NFL in 1990, every year has seen at least four teams advance to the postseason after failing to make it the previous year.

We’re on track to see that number double. As of today, eight of the 12 playoff spots in the league are taken up by teams that did not go to the playoffs last year. If that holds, it would be a new record for turnover from one season to the next.

The Vikings, Eagles, Rams, Saints and Panthers would join the Seahawks, although a Seahawks loss this weekend would push the Falcons into the lone returnee spot.  The Titans, Jaguars and Ravens would be the new faces in the AFC and that number could expand to include the Chargers if they can move ahead of the Chiefs in the AFC West. The Bills are also hanging around in the AFC, but they’d only replace another newcomer as a Wild Card.

That may not bring much solace to fans in Denver, Houston or Arizona right now, but it might be worth filing away for a hopeful reminder once 2018 rolls around.

15 responses to “Eight teams that missed playoffs in 2016 currently in playoff position

  1. Damn! Chargers are going to go 8-8 . Do you know what happens to charger coaches that go 8-8? They get three-year contract extensions

    ~a Chargers fan

  2. AFC

    1. Patriots, 2. Steelers, 3. Broncos, 4. Titans, 5. Chiefs, 6. Texans

    Conference Championship: Patriots over Steelers

    NFC

    1. Packers, 2. Seahawks, 3. Panthers, 4. Eagles, 5. Giants, 6. Saints

    Conference Championship: Packers over Seahawks.

    Super Bowl: Patriots over Packers.

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    Looking good, Mike.

  3. Damn! Chargers are going to go 8-8 . Do you know what happens to charger coaches that go 8-8? They get three-year contract extensions

    ~a Chargers fan
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    Not a Chargers fan but you guys do that LOL !! We aren’t much better , we definitely hold on to coaches/players waiting for that corner turn… that never happens, but hey both our teams are in the hunt until they aren’t good luck out west !!

    -a Jags fan

  4. Know what happens to charger coaches that make the playoffs—Even if they lose in the wildcard?

    They can never be fired-ever And they get immediate enshrinement in the NFL Hall of Fame

  5. I don’t want to change the formula for yesteryear but it is pretty interesting why certain teams seem to make it to the playoffs and beyond every year… Still, it is an advancement of the olden days…

  6. I like the format of 4 divisions and 2 WC in each division, but I wish they would rank them 1-6 by record only.

    Like this year, why should the AFC West get a # 4 seed when with their record they would be probably ranked last.

    If the Vikings do make it to the Superbowl, they should let them be the home team for the locker room and side of field and score board, but go ahead and let the AFC call the coin flip.

  7. bolts2017 says:
    December 8, 2017 at 6:33 pm

    Know what happens to charger coaches that make the playoffs—Even if they lose in the wildcard?

    They can never be fired-ever And they get immediate enshrinement in the NFL Hall of Fame

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    Try telling that to Marty Schottenheimer who got fired by the Chargers after going 14-2 and losing in the playoffs.

  8. Seattle will lose to the Jaguars, Rams and Cowboys, and they will finish 9-7 and miss the playoffs. At least that is what I am hoping will happen. That would be a very nice Christmas present.

  9. im just grateful we dont have to watch another lameduck packers team lose at home in the playoffs. seen that routine enough times – packers defense stink, packers homefield advantage is overrated, aaron rodgers is really really good at running a 4 verticals/hail mary attack.

  10. Vikings missed the playoffs last year because Blair Walsh missed an extra point that cost them the Lions game.He makes that and the Vikings go 9-7 and the Lions go 8-8 and miss the playoffs. Add to that and a ton of injuries and Norm quit on the team.

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