Throughout their 4-12 season, the Lions maintained they were a far better team than their record indicated. Statistically, they're right. Detroit ranked in the middle to upper part of the NFL in several key categories that proved it possessed the talent to win.
Dolphins first-year coach Joe Philbin did his best with a very limited roster, keeping his team in the playoff hunt until the final week of the regular season. But too often, the team came out flat or failed to maximize its veterans' skills.
After back-to-back 8-8 seasons, the Raiders went 4-12 under rookie coach Dennis Allen and first-year general manager Reggie McKenzie. The high hopes vanished during an ugly six-game losing streak from Weeks 9-14 when the Raiders were outscored 215-109. The Raiders missed the playoffs for the 10th straight season.
The Chicago Bears faced a steep grading curve in 2012 considering they had to make the playoffs or face a coaching change. When they started out 7-1, the curve became even steeper and made their ultimate collapse all the more severe.