A new NFL season brings a fresh opportunity for every franchise. While some look to build on the previous year, others look to forget the past and move forward.
The following teams are in the midst of the longest playoff droughts in the NFL. Each franchise is trying desperately to turn a new page for the future.
- New York Jets – 2011
- Cincinnati Begals – 2016
- Arizona Cardinals – 2016
- Denver Broncos – 2016
- Las Vegas Raiders – 2017
- Miami Dolphins – 2017
New York Jets – 2011
Last Playoff Appearance: January 23rd, 2011
The Jets’ last playoff action came with quarterback Mark Sanchez under center and (current TV analyst) Rex Ryan at the helm. Since then, the team has trotted out 11 starting quarterbacks under 3 different head coaches.
Needless to say, Jet fans are seeking more stability for their beloved franchise to make the leap into playoff contention. And it wouldn’t hurt if their defense could recapture its 2010 form.
Cincinnati Begals – 2016
Last Playoff Appearance: January 9th, 2016
Some people forget that Andy Dalton led the Bengals to a 12-4 season. And, if it weren’t for what’s now known as “The Meltdown at Paul Brown“, they might’ve gone further.
Unfortunately, most fans’ memories of that season are soured by the hit Vontaze Burfict put on Antonio Brown – and the ensuing penalties.
Now, with fresh faces in the locker room, the Bengals will look to end their hapless playoff drought.
Arizona Cardinals – 2016
Last Playoff Appearance: January 24th, 2016
The 2015 Arizona Cardinals were stacked, plain and simple. Their roster of 7 Pro Bowlers helped head coach Bruce Arians lead the team to a franchise-record 13 wins.
Since QB Carson Palmer’s retirement, the team selected two quarterbacks in the first round. Since getting rid of Josh Rosen after just 13 games, it seems the team is now committed to building around Kyler Murray.
Regardless, Arizona fans want more winter football in the desert.
Denver Broncos – 2016
Last Playoff Appearance: February 7th, 2016
Unlike the other teams on this list, the Broncos’ last playoff appearance was a Super Bowl victory. It was also Peyton Manning’s final NFL game.
Since the end of #18’s long career, Denver has been a mess under center. They’ve started 10 quarterbacks in 5 seasons.
Fans across Colorado are holding out hope that John Elway and the rest of the front office can settle on a passer who will bring them back into the playoff picture.
Las Vegas Raiders – 2017
Last Playoff Appearance: January 7th, 2017
In 2015, the Raiders had their first winning season in 13 years – becoming one of the most feared teams in the AFC. But an injury to starting QB Derek Carr ended their playoff run before it began. The team fell to Houston in the Wild Card game.
Not counting that season, the Raiders haven’t been dominant since 2002 when they lost the Super Bowl. Throw in a move from Oakland to Vegas, and you have one of the most tortured fan bases in the league.
Miami Dolphins – 2017
Last Playoff Appearance: January 8th, 2017
Matt Moore took over after Ryan Tannehill’s season-ending knee injury and played surprisingly well. However, it wasn’t enough to get past Pittsburgh in the Wild Card game.
Since 2017, Miami has trotted out a ragtag group of quarterbacks: Jay Cutler, Brock Osweiler, Ryan Fitzpatrick, and Josh Rosen. But now it finally looks like they have their guy, as Tua Tagovailoa holds the key to their playoff future.
Which NFL team has the best chance at ending their playoff drought this season?
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