Ranking Every NFL Team as Contender or Pretender

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Ranking Every NFL Team as Contender or Pretender
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After five Sundays of play, the NFL field is taking shape. Nearly every NFL franchise entered the season with playoff aspirations; some of those teams are all but eliminated. Other squads have precious little hope, but they (and their fans) don't realize that yet. Others yet are saving up for playoff tickets they'll never need to buy.

I sorted all 32 NFL teams into the following categories:

Title Contenders: These teams have an easy path to the postseason party, and could be the belle of the ball once they arrive.

Playoff Contenders: These teams have a good chance to get invited to the big dance.

Playoff Pretenders:  These teams are shopping for dresses, but will be waiting by the phone come January.

Daydream Believers: These teams won't make it to the ball without the intervention of a fairy godmother.

Raining on Prom Night: Fans of these teams should spend their football-watching time scouting college upperclassmen.

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