3 Most Likely Teams to End Their NFL Playoff Droughts in 2021

Three of the most likely NFL teams to end their playoff droughts in 2021.
Three of the most likely NFL teams to end their playoff droughts in 2021. / Mark Brown/Getty Images

Making the NFL playoffs is the goal for every team when the season kicks off in September. However, only 14 out of the 30 teams are able to achieve that goal every year. A number of squads across the league continue to play through playoff droughts in which they cannot seem to get over the hump.

The 2021 season is up for grabs in many different ways and adding a 17th game to the schedule changes everything. With that being said, here are three of the most likely teams to end their playoff droughts in 2020.

NFL Playoff Droughts

1. Miami Dolphins

Xavien Howard, Nik Needham, Jerome Baker
The Miami Dolphins' defense could carry them to a playoff spot. / Mark Brown/Getty Images

The Miami Dolphins just barely missed reaching the postseason last year when they finished with a 10-6 record and lost out due to a tiebreaker. Head coach Brian Flores and company have not made the playoffs since 2016, but they have the pieces in place to make some noise this season. The Dolphins have thrived off their physically tough defense and are coming off a season in which they ranked No. 4 in the NFL by giving up just 21.1 points per game. If second-year quarterback Tua Tagovailoa can take a step up, Miami has a shot to give the Buffalo Bills a run for their money in the AFC East division.

2. Denver Broncos

Teddy Bridgewater, Drew Lock
The Denver Broncos' playoff hopes may come down to the starting QB. / Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

Hall-of-Famer Peyton Manning led the Denver Broncos to a Super Bowl title during the 2015 season. That is the last time the Broncos reached the postseason as they have finished under .500 in each of the previous four seasons. The 2021 season comes with high hopes for this Denver squad given a number of their defensive leaders are playing on contract years. Expect them to go all out behind a defensive-minded head coach in Vic Fangio. When it comes down to it, this team will only go as far as its starting quarterback will take them. Except nobody knows who that is yet.

3. New York Giants

Saquon Barkley
The New York Giants need to stay healthy to make the playoffs. / Benjamin Solomon/Getty Images

There may not be a more wide-open division in the NFL than the NFC East. Washington took home the title last season despite finishing with a 7-9 record. The New York Giants have failed to live up to expectations over the last few years and haven't reached the playoffs since 2016. On the bright side, Daniel Jones has looked impressive during training camp and the offense is set to get back a fully healthy Saquon Barkley. The Giants also made some moves to address a struggling offensive line and that may be the key to ending their playoff drought this season.

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