UP means “was not in the playoffs the previous year”

DOWN means “did not make the playoffs the subsequent year”

SLEEPER means “a playoff team that had finished 5-11 or worse the previous season”

CREEPER means “a non-playoff team the previous year that jumped at least five wins and earned a first-round playoff bye”

GRENADE means “a No. 1 or No. 2 seed that missed the playoffs the following year”

2008

Atlanta Falcons 11-5

Arizona Cardinals 9-7

San Diego Chargers 8-8

Philadelphia Eagles 9-6-1

Baltimore Ravens 11-5

Indianapolis Colts 12-4

Minnesota Vikings 10-6

Miami Dolphins 11-5

Byes

Carolina Panthers 12-4

Tennessee Titans 13-3

Pittsburgh Steelers 12-4

New York Giants 12-4

2009

New York Jets 9-7 UP

Cincinnati Bengals 10-6 SLEEPER (+6) UP DOWN

Dallas Cowboys 11-5 UP DOWN

Philadelphia Eagles 11-5

Baltimore Ravens 9-7

New England Patriots 10-6 UP

Arizona Cardinals 10-6 DOWN

Green Bay Packers 11-5 (+5) near sleeper, but were 6-10 in 2008 UP

Byes

New Orleans Saints 13-3 UP (+5) CREEPER

Indianapolis Colts 14-2

Minnesota Vikings 12-4 GRENADE

San Diego Chargers 13-3 GRENADE

2010

Seattle Seahawks 7-9 UP

New Orleans Saints 11-5

New York Jets 11-5 DOWN

Indianapolis Colts 10-6  DOWN

Green Bay Packers 10-6

Philadelphia Eagles 10-6 DOWN

Baltimore Ravens 12-4

Kansas City Chiefs 10-6 SLEEPER (+6) UP DOWN

Byes

Pittsburgh Steelers 12-4 (+4) near creeper UP

Atlanta Falcons 13-3 (+4) near creeper UP

Chicago Bears 11-5 GRENADE DOWN

New England Patriots 14-2

NO CREEPER B/C OF WINS

2011

Houston Texans 10-6 UP

Cincinnati Bengals 9-7 SLEEPER (+5) UP

New Orleans Saints 13-3

Detroit Lions 10-6 UP

Denver Broncos 8-8 SLEEPER (+4) UP

Pittsburgh Steelers 12-4

New York Giants 9-7 UP

Atlanta Falcons 10-6

Byes

San Francisco 49ers 13-3 (+7) CREEPER UP

New England Patriots 13-3

Baltimore Ravens 12-4

Green Bay Packers 15-1 (+5) near creeper but were in 2010 playoffs