49 days from right now, on September 5, the NFL regular season will kick off in the Meadowlands as the New York Giants begin their Super Bowl defense against the Dallas Cowboys.
Those Giants finished the 2011 NFL season victorious, and 31 other teams—regardless of how successful they may have been—ultimately failed in the one universal goal: win a Lombardi Trophy.
Those 31 teams have spent the last few months attempting to improve their rosters, hoping to catch the Giants in pursuit of the greatest championship in sports. For their part, the G-Men are trying to be the first team to repeat as Super Bowl champs since the New England Patriots in 2004-05.
So which teams, right now, are closest to the goal of Super Bowl glory?