Every year, there's at least one surprise team in the NFL. Espn.com posed the question; "What sub .500 team from a year ago will make the playoffs this year?" John Clayton chose the Cowboys, while Mike Sando went with the Rams.

St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford

I don't know that you can really define the Cowboys, or the Rams, as possible "surprise" team for 2011.

A lot of people feel that the Cowboys will rebound, and many other feel that the Rams are knocking on the door.

All that being said, these two teams fit the criteria of the question.