Every single season around the NFL there are a number of surprises. This past year saw the Dallas Cowboys shock the football world en route to a 13-3 record and the No. 1 seed in the NFC. Over in the AFC, the Oakland Raiders proved to be Super Bowl contenders before Derek Carr went down with a season-ending injury.
The question heading into 2017 is not whether there will be teams that prove to be better than we think. Rather, the question is who these teams might be.
In Western New York, the Buffalo Bills decided to hang on to Tyrod Taylor under center. He’s been tremendous over the past two seasons and has a solid supporting cast on offense. Will that lead to the Bills’ first playoff appearance since 1999?
Over in the NFC, the Minnesota Vikings finally moved on from Adrian Peterson. They did so while replacing him with a potentially dynamic duo. Add in an elite-level defense and the Vikings could contend in the NFC North this season. These are among the six NFL teams that are better than you think.