In a league where parity is becoming more and more of a reality, almost any team can make a run for the playoffs, especially if the right players get hot at the right time.

Baltimore did that last year, as the Giants did the year before that. And these borderline teams often find themselves on the outside looking in. But it may take more than just being hot to get into the playoffs in 2013.

And while some teams seem to be perennial playoff contenders, others go from just sqeaking-in to the playoffs, to watching at home.

And that is precisely why the Baltimore Ravens will miss the playoffs in 2013. Let's analyze the reasons.