The 2012 NFL season is almost a quarter of the way complete, and the once-blurry lines between good and bad teams are slowly starting to come into focus.
What's amazing about the NFL is that nothing is ever guaranteed, and the future is always an unknown. Things from year to year are never as horrible as they seem for some, while teams riding high can be humbled in the matter of a year.
Take the New Orleans Saints for example. Coming off a 13-3 season in 2011, who could have accurately predicted that the Saints would start the 2012 season at 0-3? Or the Arizona Cardinals, an 8-8 team in 2011, would start 2012 at a pristine 3-0?
Predicting how the fate of each team will change every year can be a daunting task, and predicting the next five or more years is next to impossible.
Still, when observed closely, there are clear trends developing for every team. Let's take a look into the future of all 32 NFL teams.