Talent is not necessarily a guarantee of success in the NFL, where injuries, bad luck and, yes, kickers can derail the hopes of even the most imposing preseason juggernaut. But while we continue to count down the days until the on-field chaos can be unleashed, let's consider what we know now, in June, and take a look at the 10 most talented teams overall.
2021 NFL season: One challenge each undefeated team must overcome
Can Derek Carr and the Raiders avoid a late-season collapse? Will Kyler Murray and the Cardinals shake a nagging narrative? Gil Brandt spotlights one challenge each undefeated team must overcome.
Seven players who need to be more involved after Week 1 of NFL season
Can the Packers hope to compete without giving Aaron Jones more touches? Gil Brandt highlights seven offensive players who need to be more involved than they were in Week 1.
Eleven best members of the 2011 rookie class heading into 2021
One decade after they began their NFL careers, how do Von Miller and Julio Jones compare to their fellow members of the 2011 rookie class RIGHT NOW? Gil Brandt ranks the 11 best members of the 2011 rookie class heading into the 2021 NFL season.
2021 NFL season: Twelve one-year contracts that will pay off
Can Ryan Fitzpatrick stabilize Washington's offense? Is A.J. Green on the verge of a renaissance in Arizona? Gil Brandt lists 12 one-year contracts that will pay off in the 2021 NFL season.
2021 NFL season: Eleven non-first-round rookies who can pop
Will Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah bring a charge to the Browns? What will Sam Ehlinger's role with the Colts be? Gil Brandt spotlights 11 non-first-round rookies ready to pop in 2021.
2021 NFL season: Top 10 offensive-defensive duos
Is there any better combination of offensive and defensive stars than the Packers' pair of Aaron Rodgers and Jaire Alexander? Gil Brandt ranks the top 10 offensive-defensive duos heading into 2021.
NFL training camp: Bats, sod and the Cowboys' search for an early preseason home
Though they are now a Southern California fixture, the Dallas Cowboys didn't always hold training camp there. Gil Brandt remembers the early search for a preseason home and recounts other wild camp memories.
2021 NFL season: Quinnen Williams, Daniel Jones among top 10 candidates to make the leap
Gil Brandt identifies 10 NFL candidates to make the leap in 2021. Can Daniel Jones reach new heights with the Giants? Is Quinnen Williams about to become a star for the Jets?
2021 NFL season: Ranking the most versatile players in the league
Can Jeremy Chinn really play "wherever"? Is Alvin Kamara as big a threat through the air as he is on the ground? Gil Brandt ranks the 11 most versatile players in the NFL in 2021.
2021 NFL season: Ranking top 10 traded players poised to have biggest impact
How much will Julio Jones mean to the Tennessee Titans? Gil Brandt ranks the year's top 10 traded players ahead of the 2021 NFL season.
2021 NFL season: Nine players who are guaranteed to play better
Will Cam Newton rebound in his second season with the Patriots? Are we about to see a rejuvenated J.J. Watt? Gil Brandt highlights nine players guaranteed to play better in 2021.