Since the league moved to a 12-team playoff format in 1990, an average of about six new teams made the playoffs every year. This long history of churn among NFL teams means that it's highly probable that five or six teams that made the playoffs in 2016 will miss the playoffs in 2017.
Six teams make the playoffs in the NFC every year, and it's a virtual certainty that some of last year's playoff teams will stumble.
Last year, the Seahawks and Packers were the only teams to repeat as playoff participants from 2016. The Cowboys, Falcons, Giants, and Lions were the new playoff participants in the NFC, while the Vikings, Redskins, Cardinals, and Panthers failed to repeat their 2016 playoff appearance
Coincidentally, that means that 10 of the 16 NFC teams made the playoffs the last two seasons. Sitting at home for at least the last two years: the perennially over-hyped Eagles, the perennially underachieving Rams, the once-mighty 49ers, the Cutler-led Bears, the ageing Saints, and the Bucs, who last made the playoffs under Jon Gruden in 2007.
Which brings us to our question of the day: Last year, the NFC was represented, in order of seeding, by the Cowboys, Falcons, Seahawks, Packers, Giants, and Lions. Which of these teams do you think are in for a rude awakening in 2017 and will not make it back to the playoffs?
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.
If you can't see the poll on your device, feel free to leave your take in the comments section below.
Which of these six NFC playoff participants from 2016 do you think will miss the 2017 playoffs?
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