3 NFL Playoff Teams Most Likely To Miss The 2024 Postseason

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The 2024 NFL campaign is a little over three months away, which will arrive a whole lot sooner than you think. Think of it this way: the Super Bowl was already almost four months ago.

Time flies, and Week 1 will be here before you know it.

With free agency and the NFL Draft out of the way, we basically know what all 32 teams will look like heading into next season. Sure, there are some camp battles that need to take place, but, for the most part, we have a general idea of the landscape.

Taking that into consideration, let’s go over the three teams that made the playoffs last year that are most likely to miss the postseason next winter.

Buffalo Bills

I know a lot of people still think the Bills are legitimate contenders because they have Josh Allen at quarterback, but I think some are underselling just how many key players Buffalo has lost this offseason.

On both sides of the ball, too.

Of course, the most high-profile loss was wide receiver Stefon Diggs, who the Bills traded to the Houston Texans. But Buffalo also subtracted fellow wide out Gabe Davis, who signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars in free agency. The Bills signed Curtis Samuel and drafted Keon Coleman to mitigate those departures, but it’s hard to view Buffalo’s offense the same going into 2024.

The Bills were unable to do a whole lot in free agency because of their miserable cap situation, so they also haven’t made many major additions.

Buffalo is playing in a winnable AFC East, but let’s be real here: the New York Jets look really good on paper, and the Miami Dolphins did win 11 games in 2023.

Plus, it’s not like the Bills were world beaters last season. Yes, they caught fire late in the year, but they were 6-6 at one point.

Maybe Allen will take things up a notch and prove me wrong, but I’m having a hard time seeing the Bills as anything more than a nine-win team. That probably won’t cut it in the AFC.

Pittsburgh Steelers

You would think I would be higher on the Steelers considering they completely revamped their previously abysmal quarterback room this offseason, but there are still a lot of question marks here.

Pittsburgh made the playoffs in 2023 in spite of ranking 25th in offense and 21st in defense. That is really hard to fathom, and it indicates that the club may have been very fortunate.

Russell Wilson is certainly a step up from Kenny Pickett, but not enough is being made out of the fact that the Steelers traded wide receiver Diontae Johnson this offseason, leaving them with George Pickens and not much else at the position.

Who is Wilson going to throw to? Perhaps rookie wide Roman Wilson will step up and be a surprise, but I’m really not liking the weaponry at Russ’ disposal.

Not only that, but the Steelers largely benefited from Joe Burrow going down with a wrist injury last season. Three AFC North teams made the playoffs, with Burrow’s Cincinnati Bengals being the odd squad out.

If Burrow stays healthy this coming season, the Steelers may end up being the worst team in a division that also includes the Baltimore Ravens and Cleveland Browns.

This isn’t to say that Pittsburgh won’t contend, but it will definitely be tougher this time around, even with Wilson now under center rather than the triumvirate of Pickett, Mitchell Trubisky and Mason Rudolph.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Let me preface this by saying that I actually like the Buccaneers and think they will win the NFC South again. But we can’t ignore the fact that Tampa Bay went just 9-8 last season and only won the division by way of the tiebreaker over the New Orleans Saints, who were also 9-8.

The Atlanta Falcons will be improved after adding Kirk Cousins, and while the Saints aren’t exactly an exciting group, the Bucs aren’t much better than them.

On top of that, while I love the fact that the Buccaneers re-signed Baker Mayfield, Mike Evans and numerous other of their own free agents, they weren’t able to really make any major additions because of it. All of their money had to go to re-signing their own guys.

Don’t get me wrong: Tampa Bay should be solid in 2024. Mayfield has an underrated pair of receivers in Evans and Chris Godwin, and Trey Palmer had a decent rookie year.

But again, the Buccaneers made the playoffs on the skin of their teeth in 2023, and while I do believe they are the best team in the NFC South, it’s not my much. The only club that doesn’t have a chance to win this division is the Carolina Panthers.

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