PFT on NBCSN looks at a couple of teams that overachieved in 2013

Our team-by-team offseason tour of the NFL continues with a look at a couple of teams that did much better than expected in 2013, and a team that could have made it to the postseason, but didn’t.

On Wednesday’s Pro Football Talk on NBCSN, it’s time to take stock of the Chiefs, Panthers, and Bears.

The Chiefs and Panthers did much better than anyone could have expected last season, securing unlikely playoff berths.  Which inspired today’s poll question.

With roughly half the postseason field not making it back to the tournament in any/every given year, which of the four teams listed below that made it last year is most likely to not make it back?

Tune in at 5:30 p.m. ET for the answers from the panel, and for the outcome of the poll.  Then, stick around for Game Five of the Kings-Blackhawks Western Conference finals.

19 responses to “PFT on NBCSN looks at a couple of teams that overachieved in 2013

  1. No Ravens? After mortgaging the team to pay Flacco, I expected 2-3 wins at most.

  2. Of that list, it has to be the Bengals. To make the playoffs was a feat cause they really only played with 10 on offense, as that last guy was assigned to follow Dalton around and administer the heimlich.

  3. As a Chargers fan, I am concerned about this year. They got better as a team and improved in some key areas over last year. . .

    However, other teams in the AFC West (besides the Raiders) will also be tough matches AND the AFC West plays the NFC West this year, arguably the toughest division in the NFL.

    Game one is SD @ Ariz. Will be a good test for both teams.

  4. Chiefs were a joke, shot out of the gate and in the 2nd half of the season, fell apart like a $2 suitcase. That collapse was on full display in their one and done playoff performance.


  5. With the AFC West playing the NFC West,I don’t see the Chiefs or Chargers making it back unless one of them can figure out how to sweep the other, sweep the Raiders AND sweep or split with Denver. I am guessing that there will be no WC teams from either of the West divisions this year.

  6. I can’t believe the Bengals are even on the list. They’ve made the playoffs 3 years in a row. Forget the fact that they’ve choked in the playoffs all 3 years but they made it. Why would it be so hard to believe that they could go back again? That’s just ignorant reporting to even include them. Top 5, if not Top 3 Defense in the league. An offense that isn’t that bad. I’m no Dalton fan but he’s better than most QB’s out there and can do more to help this team. Just don’t understand the logic of including them on this list.

  7. You would have gotten the same results if you had taken this poll at this time last year. As for the Panthers, the defense is stronger and the receiving crew is better. Besides Steve Smith, LaFell would drop a beach ball thrown his way, everyone considered Ginn a joke when he came to the Panthers, and Hixson stayed on the injured list for almost the entire year (just like he is with the Bears now). The big question mark is the offensive line who will be younger (that’s not necessarily a bad thing!). Anyway, polls like this will give them something to prove wrong like they did last year.

  8. Anyone who watched the second Steelers-Bengals game knows why they’re on this poll. They looked like they barely belonged in the nfl, getting dominated by a sub-.500 team, let alone belong in the playoffs.

    It’s not a coincidence that the last 3 years the steelers have performed significantly below their abilities, leaving the door open for a pretender to win the division.

  9. The Bengals will win the AFCN again. The Ravens and Steelers resemble a patchwork quilt. Plugging in FA vets over the last 2 seasons to stay relevant after some marginal drafting from both teams. But of course the fan bases will have you believe they are draft masters and build from within.

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