>Green Bay Packers

Last playoff appearance: 2011 (lost in divisional round)

Longest playoff drought: 15 seasons (1945-59)

Other notable drought: Haven't had a 100-yard rusher (Brandon Jackson, 115) since Oct. 10, 2010, a span of 27 regular-season games.

The good: They'll win the Super Bowl if: Dom Capers' defense can drum up another pass rusher to pair with Clay Matthews – and Aaron Rodgers keeps up his brilliance.

The bad: They'll lose in the divisional round again if: The defense can't replace Charles Woodson at cornerback (he's shifted to safety) and the offense becomes too pass heavy.


>Chicago Bears

Last playoff appearance: 2010 (lost in NFC Championship Game)

Longest playoff drought: 13 seasons (1964-76)

Other notable drought: Walter Payton was the last Bear to gain 100 yards rushing and receiving in a game (104 rushing, 102 receiving), on Dec. 26, 1982, against the L.A. Rams.

The good: They'll grab a wild card spot if: New offensive coordinator Mike Tice's scheme helps quarterback Jay Cutler avoid so many hits by getting the ball out more quickly.

The bad: They'll finish under .500 if: Injuries to defensive end Julius Peppers (plantar fasciitis) and linebacker Brian Urlacher (knee) prove to be too much for the defense to overcome.


>Detroit Lions

Last playoff appearance: 2011 (lost in wild card round)

Longest playoff drought: 16 seasons (1934-51)

Other notable drought: The Lions haven't shut out a team since Sept. 29, 1996, a 27-0 win at Tampa Bay.

The good: They'll make a repeat postseason appearance if: Jahvid Best or Mikel Leshoure returns from injury to provide a running game that complements quarterback Matthew Stafford and receiver Calvin Johnson.

The bad: They'll resemble the Lions of old if: The pass rush, led by Cliff Avril and Ndamukong Suh, can't get enough heat and the weak secondary is exposed.


>Minnesota Vikings

Last playoff appearance: 2009 (lost in NFC Championship Game)

Longest playoff drought: 7 seasons (1961-67)

Other notable drought: Ahmad Rashad was the last Viking to score four touchdowns in a game, on Sept. 2, 1979.

The good: They'll double their wins to six if: The strong pass rush led by Jared Allen keeps up and running back Adrian Peterson can make a successful return from offseason knee surgery.

The bad: They'll be in the running for the first pick if: Quarterback Christian Ponder takes a step back in his second year, unable to get time to throw behind a line that features a rookie left tackle in Matt Kalil.