Six teams make the playoffs in the NFC every year. If the Cowboys are going to be one of those teams this year, at least one of last year's playoff teams will have to give up its spot. And the odds are good that some of last year's playoff teams will stumble, as every season only about half of the previous season's teams repeat as playoff participants.
Which brings us to our question for this lazy Sunday afternoon: Last year, the NFC was represented by the Giants, Packers, Lions, Saints, Falcons and 49ers. Which of these teams do you think will not make it back to the playoffs this season?
Place your vote in the attached poll. We'll assume that the three teams that get the most votes will not make the playoffs this season. In a follow-up post, you'll be able to vote on which three new teams you think will make it to the postseason this year.
Taking our cue from the SBNation roundtable on the same topic, Archie, KD and I are picking the teams we expect not to repeat last year's playoff appearances - after the break.
OCC: I'm picking the Giants to miss the playoffs this season. I don't care that they won the Super Bowl. We all know that in the NFL, the results dictate the narrative and the narrative will always be adjusted to fit the results. But I don't buy all those stories about how great the Giants are. For me, the Giants remain a 9-7 team that struggled to get into the playoffs. I am not at all impressed by their offseason activities and see both the Eagles and Cowboys ahead of the Giants in the East.
Archie Barberio: The New Orleans Saints will go through a lot of turmoil in the 2012 season. The Saints have been transformed into a very consistent football team ever since Sean Payton has taken over the reigns in New Orleans. They have made the playoffs for three consecutive seasons and won their first Super Bowl in the 2009 season. Payton runs one of the best offenses in the NFL, but the Saints defense has also been a contributing factor in their success.