Today’s NFL regulations make it difficult for a team to dominate the long stretch.
So the continuation of the New England Patriots for two decades is the work of geniuses.
The tight pay cap ensures that the league should have a competitive balance every season.
Teams that fail to pay for their top stars either trade or leave.
In that case, NFL franchises go through a window of relevance and futility.
Some teams may advance to the playoffs after missing several seasons.
In fact, NFL Media’s Jim Trotter shares a fact that highlights the shifting competition between the teams.
Great statistics from our NFL Research Team: Since 1990 (32 seasons in a row) at least four teams have qualified for the playoffs after missing the post-season the previous year. Which four are most likely to continue that trend this season? pic.twitter.com/DESxpwOSZJ
– Jim Trotter (JimTrotter_NFL) May 11, 2022
Trotter tweeted, “Great statistics from our NFL research team: At least four teams have qualified for the playoffs since 1990 (32 seasons in a row) after missing the post season last year. Which four are most likely to continue that trend this season? “
As with any major American game, a lot has to happen for a team to stay competitive.
If one of their top players retires or moves to another franchise, they will lose their edge.
Similarly, injury is detrimental to a team.
External distractions such as locker room dramas and moving teams can also dampen a player’s spirit.
Answering Trotter’s question
There are clear choices about the teams that qualified for the 2022 playoffs after missing it last season.
The New Orleans Saints have just missed the 2021 post season and have a roster that will clinch one of their seven NFC spots.
The same goes for the Miami Dolphins, a team that has massively upgraded their offense by adding the likes of Cedric Wilson, Chase Edmunds and Tyrick Hill.
It would be a fraud if the Denver Broncos did not qualify while Pro Bowl quarterback Russell Wilson was now in charge.
Finally, the Los Angeles Chargers should also make it to the playoffs, especially with a defense that has Joey Bosa, Sebastian Joseph-Day, Khalil Mack, Darwin James and Jesse Jackson.