We are less than two months away from the opening game of the NFL season (Baltimore Ravens at Denver Broncos on September 5, but hey, who's counting?), but it's time to assess which NFL teams are set up the best to win in the future—both in 2013 and onward.
The NFL is the ultimate "win-now" league, but it's also important to determine whether or not teams are set up to compete down the road. There are some franchises that might not be on the cusp of postseason glory in 2013, but with some tinkering, could be among the league's elite in 2014.
When analyzing which NFL teams are set up the best to win in the future, a variety of factors come into play: How good is the team's quarterback, and how much longer will he play for? How strong is the team's head coach and corresponding staff? How savvy is the team's front office? How talented is the 53-man roster?
With those criteria in mind, there are six teams that are set up the best to win in the future.
Before we get to them, there are a few teams that had to be left off the list. Here are the honorable mentions.