It's quite rare to be heading into the regular season, realizing that one team may quite possibly be hoisting the Lombardi Trophy high above their heads in front of their home crowd.
Luckily though, we NFL fans may be delighted to this very scene in 2010, as the Dallas Cowboys finally look to recapture their winning ways, and push toward a Super Bowl appearance in front of the Dallas faithful.
Recently in the media, this story has gone a little unnoticed by reporters. It seems that most NFL fans would rather forget about considering the Cowboys serious Super Bowl contenders just yet, as the last time we all went ahead and deemed them "favorites," they totally collapsed midway through the 2008 season.
However, this time round, things look a little different. Instead of looking at a half-decent 2008 Dallas Cowboys side that featured rambunctious Terrell Owens, we now look at a fully balanced and motivated team, who have taken the necessary strides to achieving ultimate success.
But where has this all come from in such a short amount of time?
I guess, nowhere that is really surprising. Like any good team, the Cowboys have continued to rebuild, and have truly applied the saying of "Just get back on the horse" quite well to the entire team.
On paper, it's no secret that the Cowboys have a rather impressive roster. According to some experts, the Cowboys depth chart is the best in the league, and it is rather hard to argue with the combination of youth and experience that Wade Phillips now has in his hands.
As if this isn't weren't enough, though, the Cowboys finally (and I emphasize the word finally), have stayed out of the headlines this offseason.
If any journalist or member of the media has wanted to criticize Dallas in the past few months, controversy has been hard to come by.
Sure, there was the small Patrick Crayton headline that circulated for a portion of the offseason, but this doesn't even come close to comparing to what we have seen in the past.
Therefore, Dallas is now thinking straight.
If you've been living under a rock recently, let me bring you up to speed. The Cowboys have had a very impressive offseason. Once Tony Romo missed the cut for the US Open, his focused immediately shifted toward OTAs, and it seemed that the entire roster picked up on this positive vibe.
Fortunately for all Cowboy fans, this is a much-welcomed change. No longer does the team feature any player that could be deemed as a "cancer," and no longer does Tony Romo have a girlfriend that continues to draw his distractions.
No, the 2010 Dallas Cowboys look just fine.
But what doesn't look fine, is the NFC East division. Don't get me wrong; it is as tough as nails. However, when it comes to competition for the new and improved Cowboys, well, let's just say that the remaining three teams are a step behind the pace right now.
Realistically, the Philadelphia Eagles are Dallas' biggest competition. So far this offseason, they have attempted to match each and every one of Dallas' moves, and in some areas have succeeded.
Still, a lot is left to be desired from The City of Brotherly Love.
At the end of the day, the ultimate term that sums up the Dallas Cowboys right now is "under the radar." Most analysts are agreeing that the Cowboys main goal right now is to act as an almost playoff sleeper team, as to not draw to much attention.
Why would a team want to do this, you ask?
Easy, when the Cowboys get big heads, they also suffer big disappointments. If you look at 2008, the Cowboys were as confident as ever. The team was buzzing, and it appeared that they solely believed they were deserving of winning it all.
If this wasn't enough for you, watch Jerry Jones on HBO's "Hard Knocks" and I'm sure you'll see for yourself.
Nowadays, Dallas would be wise to play it cool. It may not be easy, as the Cowboys are quite possibly the most world-renowned NFL team in the history of the game. But still, they do need to stay shady, and avoid letting the players get big heads.
The team looks promising, and with young wide receiver Dez Bryant set to make an impact, you can't help but like their chances.
Dallas' track record isn't good when it is at its most stable, but perhaps a new decade and a new season will change all of that. We'll have to wait and see. Rest assured though, this team could be the first to win it all on home soil.
Ryan Cook is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report . He is also an NFL columnist for Real Sports Net and a Green Bay Packers writer for Fan Huddle and PackerChatters . Don't forget to follow him on Twitter .