NFL training camps are just around the corner, which means it’s time to start talking about who can emerge as the serious contenders. On top of that, let’s take a look at three teams who may be flying under the radar a bit as potential playoff teams. Can any of these teams dethrone the New England Patriots as Super Bowl Champions? Probably not, but hey, it’s the NFL, so I’m not betting against anything.
The Falcons brought in former Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn to help turn things around. They were also active in free agency and had a strong draft haul that included a pass rusher in Vic Beasley, secondary help in Jalen Collins and two offensive playmakers in running back Tevin Coleman and wide receiver Justin Hardy. The Falcons essentially went into full facelift mode this offseason, also changing up offensive coordinators and hiring Kyle Shanahan. With Matt Ryan, Julio Jones and Roddy White fueling this offense, don’t put anything past Atlanta in 2015.
New York Giants
The G-Men had a woeful seven-game losing streak right in the middle of 2014 that essentially derailed their entire season. The good news for the Giants is that they finished the year going 3-1, with the lone loss coming to the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 17. The Giants found a superstar receiver in Odell Beckham Jr., and the mismatches that he’ll create throughout 2015 are going to change the game for the Giants. Don’t be surprised to see this team get back to the postseason, especially if Victor Cruz is able to produce next season.
The Dolphins were close last season, finishing up with an 8-8 record. They’re young, talented and have some strong playmakers on their roster. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill is continuously improving, while the run game with Lamar Miller was solid last season. Tack on the fact that the Dolphins drafted a potential superstar receiver in DeVante Parker and may have gotten a steal in round five with Jay Ajayi, and there’s no reason to think the Dolphins can’t sneak into the postseason. Can they make some noise from there? Only time will tell.