The NFL Playoff picture has been mixed up quite a bit over the past few seasons, but there are a few teams who have failed to put together a postseason-worthy team in a while. However, this may be the season they reverse their fortunes.
These are the three teams most likely to end their playoff droughts in 2019.
3. San Francisco 49ers
The key to this 49ers team is health, which is a key that has not been on their side in recent seasons, including this preseason already. While the Los Angeles Rams look tough, we have seen how their injuries can dismantle them quickly, and the Seattle Seahawks and Arizona Cardinals look beatable for the Niners. San Francisco gets its starting quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo back and have improved the supporting cast around him. This looks to be the first season coach Kyle Shanahan is able to do what he wants on offense, given the personnel he has available to him. The 49ers have the fourth-longest playoff drought, failing to make it the last five seasons.
2. New York Jets
The Jets have missed the playoffs the last eight seasons, but there is reason to be optimistic going forward. They appear to have their quarterback of the future, in second-year quarterback Sam Darnold, and they have improved the offensive line and receiving corps around him. Jamison Crowder looks to give Darnold an easy underneath target, Robby Anderson can take the top off defenses, Chris Herndon works the middle of the field and they brought in Le'Veon Bell to essentially do everything else on offense. The workload for Bell reportedly could be historic, so this team may go as far as Bell is able to carry them, which could be the postseason.
1. Cleveland Browns
The Browns are feeling dangerous, as is their mustache-wielding quarterback Baker Mayfield. Cleveland has made noise for all the right reasons this offseason, building what is expected to be an explosive, dangerous offense with Odell Beckham Jr., Jarvis Landry, Antonio Callaway, David Njoku, Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt. The Browns have missed 16-straight postseasons, with their last playoff appearance being the year of the "Gruden Bowl." Of all the teams looking to snap their streak of bad luck, some believe the Browns have the best chance to do it.
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