Top 5 NFL teams in desperate need of a Christmas miracle

The holidays are a magical time of the year. Families come together, communities help the needy, and almost anything is possible. Including miracles. Several NFL teams are in need of such a miracle, whether for a playoff run or long-term future of their franchise. Here’s a run-down of which NFL teams are in need of a little magic this holiday season:

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Minnesota Vikings – Miracle of a playoff berth

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Adrian Peterson has had a remarkable season. The way he’s running, it doesn’t appear that anything will stop him from at the very least threatening Eric Dickerson’s single-season rushing record. Nevertheless, Peterson’s effort will be somewhat disappointing if the Minnesota Vikings fail to make the post-season. Right now, the Vikings are the sixth seed, but no team has a harder road to the playoffs than them – they have to travel to Houston to play the Texans, and then head back home to face the Green Bay Packers. On top of that, they need the New York Giants to lose at least once, or they’d still miss out of the playoffs even if they win out. If Peterson can pave the way for the Vikings to reach the playoffs, it would be nothing short of miraculous.

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Seattle Seahawks – Miracle of winning the NFC West

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After dominating the Cardinals and Bills in back-to-back weeks, a playoff berth for the Seahawks is looking more and more likely. But atop their wish list is an NFC West title for one reason – a home game in the playoffs. Seattle will need some help, however. They need to beat the San Francisco 49ers next Sunday, and then have San Francisco lose to Arizona the following week… at the hands of Ryan Lindley. The Seahawks recently proved they could win on the road, but few teams are as good at home as the Seahawks, and a playoff game at CenturyLink Field would give them a far better chance at a deep playoff run.

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Arizona Cardinals – Miracle of a quarterback

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Speaking of Ryan Lindley, before everyone calls for Ken Whisenhunt’s departure from Arizona, let’s pause for a minute and remember that this is the same coach who took the Cardinals to the Super Bowl five years ago. And won that unforgettable shoot-out against Green Bay in the playoffs the year after. Granted, both of those seasons he had a potential Hall of Fame quarterback under center, but still, this team has some of the tools in place to be a contender, but what they lack is a quarterback. Whether they find it in the draft next year, through free agency, or Kevin Kolb magically lives up to his contract, this team’s Christmas miracle is for a true quarterback under-center.

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Baltimore Ravens – Miracle of some offensive creativity

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The Baltimore Ravens are in free-fall as they presumably head into the playoffs. As Joe Flacco himself put it, “we feel like we’re 0-14 right now.” The Ravens fired offensive coordinator Cam Cameron last week, only to have interim replacement Jim Caldwell lay an egg as well with the Ravens failing to gain a first down on their first five possessions Sunday. If the Ravens have any hope of making a deep run in the post-season, they better be wishing for Santa to drop a fancy new playbook down the chimney on Monday night.

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Washington Redskins – Miracle of a healthy RG3

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Thanks to the Giants collapse against the Falcons on Statement Sunday, the Washington Redskins now control their own destiny to reach the playoffs. Unfortunately, Robert Griffin III is still recovering from a sprained knee. While Kirk Cousins performed admirably in RG3’s absence, nobody in their right mind would suggest that it should be Cousins and not RG3 leading the Redskins into the postseason. As of right now, all the ‘Skins have to do is win out to punch their ticket to the playoffs. Because of that, a healthy RG3 is definitely at the top of everyone in Washington’s wish list.

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