8. Dallas Cowboys
Going into December of last year, it looked as if the Cowboys (7-4 at the time) were going to gallop into the playoffs. But the month known for holiday cheer was not very cheerful for the 'Boys, as they went 1-4 down the stretch. It's safe to assume there are few NFL teams as anxious as Dallas to get the 2012 season underway. Can the Cowboys get back on track immediately, or will they suffer a hangover? After several years of ups and downs, is this finally QB Tony Romo's make-or-break season? And will this be the first year that owner Jerry Jones refrains from showing his mug on the sideline?