Getting to the Super Bowl used to be all about being the best team, top to bottom, dominating out of the gate and perhaps hitting a bump or two in the road as you laid waste to opponents on your way to a championship.
That was then. This is now.
Today's NFL does not feature the types of teams that can simply dominate week in and week out. Instead, teams go through hills and valleys all year long. The last two or three years have shown us that teams getting hot at the right time—namely, late in the season from December into the playoffs—are the ones that have the best chance of bringing home a Lombardi Trophy.
In the video above, Josh Zerkle and I look at five teams who could be getting hot at the right time and should be feared heading into the stretch run of the NFL season. Obviously, we don't agree on every one, but all these teams have a chance at making serious runs deep into the playoffs if they continue to play well.
Let us know in the comments below who you think we may have left off our list and if there are any teams we've included that we had no business mentioning.