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Top 5 Most Surprising NFL Teams Through Week 13

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Top 5 Most Surprising NFL Teams Through Week 13


In this era of the NFL parody has run wild and the results of every season have become less and less predictable.

Every season their seems to be a group of teams that nobody believed would amount to much at the beginning, but end up contending for a playoff spot. The 2012 season has been no different.

It no longer takes time for a team to turn around their fortunes. This season has been a prime example of what having a franchise quarterback can mean for the success of a team. A good quarterback can disguise major flaws in other areas on the roster and we are seeing that with the crop of surprise teams that have had success this season.

Now with four games left in the regular season, there are a group of teams that were picked to finish out of the playoffs this season in the thick of the playoff race. Some of these teams are in the position to control their own playoff destiny while others need to finish strong down the stretch to sneak in.

These teams are a sign of hope for teams that have long ago fallen out of the playoff race and are already looking towards free agency and the NFL Draft as their opportunity to help create a surprising turnaround of their own.

Here is a look at five teams that have shocked the NFL world with their surprising turnarounds from bottom feeders to playoff contenders in the span of one year.

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Indianapolis Colts

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The Colts turnaround may very well be the most impressive one season turnaround in NFL history.

Last year the Colts finished 2-14 and ended up with the first pick in the draft and were rewarded with perhaps the best quarterback prospect the NFL has seen in years in Andrew Luck. Luck has perhaps exceeded expectations for his rookie season as he on pace to throw for over 4,000 passing yards.

Luck has also led the Colts to an impressive 8-4 record and has the Colts on the inside track for a Wild Card berth in the AFC.

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Seattle Seahawks

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The Seahawks have already matched their win total from 2011 and find themselves in position for a Wild Card spot in the NFC.

Everybody knew that the Seahawks defense was good enough, but the big surprise in Seattle has been the emergence of third-round draft pick Russell Wilson at quarterback. Last year, issues at the quarterback position led to offensive problems for the Seahawks. Now, the Seahawks offense seems to be improving each week under Wilson.

With a stout defense and Marshawn Lynch running the football, the Seahawks have the formula to win in the playoffs; they just need to get there.

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Washington Redskins

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The Redskins have become the Robert Griffin III show.

For years, the Redskins have been searching for a franchise quarterback and now that they have found him, they are playing meaningful football in December for the first time in awhile. Griffin gives the Redskins a chance to win every game and has masked the defensive woes that they have struggled with at times this season.

At 6-6, the Redskins are a game back in both the NFC East race and NFC Wild Card race and have a favorable schedule down the stretch.

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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The Buccaneers went out and spent a fortune in free agency and that spending spree appears to have this team moving in the right direction.

The additions of free agent wide receiver Vincent Jackson and rookie running back Doug Martin have turned the Bucs into one of the more explosive offenses in the NFL.

Now at 6-6 they find themselves squarely in the NFC Wild Card race just one season after winning only four games and firing their head coach.

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Minnesota Vikings

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The Vikings only won three games last year and had major injury questions about their best player coming into the year, so the fact that they are 6-6 and in contention for a playoff spot is a surprise.

The Vikings success can be directly attributed to the miraculous comeback of running back Adrian Peterson less than one year removed from a major knee injury. Peterson looks better than he ever has in his career, racking up 1,446 rushing yards and 6.2 yards per carry average.

Unlike the other teams on this list, the Vikings appear to be winning despite the poor performance of their quarterback this season. However, their tough schedule down the stretch may put an early end to their season.