After what seemed like forever—just over a month ago—the NFL lockout finally came to a close, and training camp began.
Now, with Week 1 of the 2011 season in the books and the craziest offseason period in NFL history behind us, it's time to assess who's a contender and who's a pretender this year.
We've reviewed the game tape, scribbled some notes down on our trusted Excel spreadsheets and made the necessary adjustments on the dry-erase board in our office.
Each team has been given a ranking along with a short analysis blurb, highlighting strengths, vulnerabilities and how they pale in comparison to the rest of the league.
Some of the results may shock you.
Let's just put it this way: If you still have the Colts, Chiefs or Giants anywhere near your top 12 teams, take them out—now. These teams will most likely miss the postseason this year and could even finish dead last in their respective divisions.
While the bottom feeders in the league may have a plethora of issues, there is some consistency among the upper-echelon teams.
The NFL is a passing league, and here's a spoiler alert for the final five slides: Four of the five teams have elite quarterbacks and an arsenal of offensive weapons to work with.
Here are the top 32 teams: From one end of the spectrum (Tarvaris Jackson's team) to the other (the real Dream Team).