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Typical playoff turnover? Not likely

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Originally Published: November 1, 2012
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

Going back to the mid-1990s, approximately 50 percent of NFL playoff teams made return trips to the postseason the following year. (Since 1998, an average of 6.14 new teams qualified each season.)

This year, however, it appears there will be a much higher rate of return visits.

Ten teams -- five in each conference -- have put themselves in position to start making serious playoff plans. Nine of those 10 made the playoffs last year; the Bears are the only team among ...

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