Packers, Bills among teams set to shock

Originally Published: May 13, 2009
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

Each year around this time, I break out my schedule database and try to project surprise teams.

Surprise teams are the ones you least expect to be playoff contenders but, when you think about it, you realize they have a chance. The formula is simple: Give a team better quarterback play and an easy schedule, and it usually has a chance to improve its record.

In 2006, I looked at the Ravens and figured the addition of Steve McNair at quarterback to an offense ...

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