Almost every NFL season, we can expect a few new faces in the playoffs once the regular season comes to an end. Last season, a remarkable seven teams made the playoffs in 2018-19 that did not qualify for the playoffs in the prior year.
Similarly, there are some franchises that could be well positioned to rebound this year. Here are three franchises that could be primed to end some pretty significant postseason droughts.
3. New York Jets
The New York Jets last clinched a playoff berth in the 2010 season, back when Rex Ryan and Mark Sanchez were the faces of the franchise. The Jets made it all the way to the AFC Championship Game that season, and even beat the New England Patriots at Foxboro in the Divisional Round. The Patriots still reign supreme in the AFC East, but the Jets have a new sense of confidence with second-year QB Sam Darnold. Thanks in large part to key additions like RB Le'Veon Bell and linebacker C.J. Mosley, the new-look Jets could be in the hunt for a Wildcard berth.
2. San Francisco 49ers
The last time the San Francisco 49ers made the playoffs was in 2013, when they were the defending NFC Champions. After having his 2018 season cut short by a torn ACL, Jimmy Garoppolo is fully expected to start the regular season. With some big-time additions on defense, like Nick Bosa and Dee Ford, and the return of Jimmy G, the 49ers have a decent shot of making the postseason in 2019.
1. Cleveland Browns
There is arguably no team in 2019 that has gotten more attention than the Cleveland Browns. In fact, the Browns made so many big-time acquisitions this offseason, it's kind of hard to keep count. Cleveland last made the postseason in 2002, but with second-year QB Baker Mayfield at the helm, the Browns look poised for a postseason run. With Odell Beckham Jr. catching passes from Mayfield, and Myles Garrett, Sheldon Richardson and Olivier Vernon pressuring the QB, the Browns have a legitimate shot at winning the AFC North this season.
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