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Opinion: Top three franchises most deserving of a Super Bowl title

Touchdown Wire logo Touchdown Wire 2/9/2018 Colin Liotta

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With the Philadelphia Eagles' win over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII, the number of NFL teams without a Super Bowl title has dropped to 12.

The Cardinals, Panthers, Falcons, Bills, Lions, Vikings, Texans, Jaguars, Titans, Bengals, Browns and Chargers are all dreaming about the day they get to stand on the podium and hoist the Lombardi Trophy.

Some of these teams are closer to accomplishing that dream than others. The Falcons, Panthers and Cardinals have come close, while the Browns, Lions and Bengals have been an afterthought whenever the Super Bowl rolls around.

So, of these 12 remaining teams, which three franchises are the most deserving of a Super Bowl title?

Let's take a look.

3. Buffalo Bills

Jacksonville Jaguars defensive tackle Malik Jackson (97) pressures the throw from Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor (5) during the second half in the AFC Wild Card playoff football game at EverBank Field on Jan. 7. © Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports (file photo) Jacksonville Jaguars defensive tackle Malik Jackson (97) pressures the throw from Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor (5) during the second half in the AFC Wild Card playoff football game at EverBank Field on Jan. 7.

The Bills have had their shot at winning a Super Bowl, four times in fact. The heartbreak this fan base went through in the 90s probably can never be matched. There's being a suffering franchise, and then being a good franchise that suffers some bad luck. The Bills finally made the postseason this year after over a decade of watching the playoffs from home. While they were eliminated in the wild-card round, they're heading in the right direction, and, hopefully, towards a Super Bowl title.

2. Atlanta Falcons

Quarterback Matt Ryan and the Falcons offense struggled in 2017. © Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (file photo) Quarterback Matt Ryan and the Falcons offense struggled in 2017.

You may be surprised to find the Falcons on this list, since you wouldn't really consider them a long-suffering franchise. But, when you blow a 28-3 second-half lead in the Super Bowl, you are definitely suffering. A lot. The Falcons had perhaps the biggest collapse in the history of professional sports. It's almost unfathomable to think about. The pain the franchise and their fans are feeling cannot be overlooked, and, while they are still perennial contenders, you have to wonder how long it'll take to get back to the big game.

1. Detroit Lions

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I know Browns fans will be angry they aren't on this list, but the horrendous personnel choices, front office hires and poor drafts the team has had really excludes them from this list. They're a mess, and, while you can say the same thing about the Detroit Lions, the major difference between the two franchises is the stability in ownership. I don't think Browns fans needed to be reminded of a certain Art Modell. The Ford family have been a staple in the city for years, and even the stadium bears their name. Plus, the Lions are a part of American football. We get to watch them every Thanksgiving (whether we want to or not). It'd be nice to see them grab a Super Bowl title once and for all.

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