The NFL consists of a handful of teams such as the New England Patriots or Atlanta Falcons that have been flirting with Super Bowl contention. However, they typically have a small window where they must capitalize on their opportunity to win a Lombardi Trophy.For New England Patriots jerseys.
There are a series of reasons why a team could just drop off from the elite stack of the league and it usually happens to everyone. Just look at the Oakland Raiders who actually played in the 2002 Super Bowl and subsequently was one of the worst teams in the entire league.
That being said, here's five teams that must win now or get knocked out of contention by 2015.
The Indianapolis Colts jerseys have been one of the more consistent teams in the NFL for one primary reason: quarterback Peyton Manning, who's arguably the best in the business.
He's a four-time MVP and has led the Colts to two Super Bowls, one of which they won and he earned the MVP honors for.
He's had a miraculous career, and there's no doubt Bill Polian made the wise decision taking him with the No. 1 overall pick back in the 1998 NFL Draft especially considering the other option was Ryan Leaf.
Of course, like most things in life, Manning's career will come to an end. He's currently 35 years old and even though he's playing at top-flight level, he's not going to play forever.
Once Peyton Manning jerseys's gone, the Colts chances of being a .500 team, let alone competing for another title, virtually go right out the window.
San Diego Chargers
The San Diego Chargers have been on the brink for the past few seasons and even made it to the AFC Championship Game in 2008, yet have been unable to get over the hump and into the big game.
Whether it's been slow starts or injuries or problems on special teams, they've lacked something that can take them to the next level.
This could go one of two ways. At some point, they'll either have their efforts pay off and win one, or completely collapse after too many failed attempts.
I think Phillip Rivers and how he leads his team out there is very impressive and they rank among the top of the league in virtually every category, but I feel that it's just not in the cards for Chargers jerseys.
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