3 Most Likely Teams to End Their NFL Playoff Droughts in 2019

OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 30:  Baker Mayfield #6 of the Cleveland Browns reacts after the Browns scored a two-point conversion against the Oakland Raiders at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on September 30, 2018 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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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

SANTA CLARA, CA - SEPTEMBER 16:  Jimmy Garoppolo #10 of the San Francisco 49ers drops back to pass against the Detroit Lions during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game at Levi's Stadium on September 16, 2018 in Santa Clara, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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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

EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY - AUGUST 08:  Sam Darnold #14 of the New York Jets warms up before the game against the New York Giants during a preseason matchup at MetLife Stadium on August 08, 2019 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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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

CLEVELAND, OHIO - AUGUST 08: Quarterback Baker Mayfield #6 of the Cleveland Browns warms up prior to a preseason game against the Washington Redskins at FirstEnergy Stadium on August 08, 2019 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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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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