4. St. Louis Rams (7-9)
Inconsistency derailed the Rams in 2013, as impressive wins would be followed by two- or three-game losing streaks that simply killed any momentum that the season was building. In part, this was because St. Louis played more than half of the season without Sam Bradford, who will be back under center this year. And in part, this was due to the Rams being a young team, one that will be more seasoned in Jeff Fisher’s third year at the helm.
3. Atlanta Falcons (4-12 in 2013)
In the five seasons prior to last year, the Falcons had gone a combined 56-24. Then, a rash of injuries struck in Atlanta, and things got ugly quickly. While that may sound like an excuse, as every team has to deal with its share of challenges, winning 70 percent of their games over a five-year span previously suggests that losing Julio Jones, Roddy White and a host of others was the reason for the tailspin. Now (mostly) healthy, the Falcons are a Super Bowl contender again.