Especially if you root for one of the 30 other teams left watching Super Bowl 50 from the godforsaken couch.
For most fans, the big game is a bittersweet dish: A heightened celebration of the sport we love, but also a painful reminder of how our favorite club fell short -- again.
- Tennessee Titans: Hiring Mike Mularkey was the opposite of inspiring, but take heart, Titans fans: You have the makings of a legitimate franchise quarterback in Marcus Mariota, allowing Tennessee to add a game-plan wrecking terror on defense with the No. 1 overall pick. Roster building picks up speed once you find a signal-caller, putting the Titans in a better place than plenty of teams on this list.
- Cleveland Browns: Ridiculed for years as a swarming hive of dysfunction, Cleveland pulled off a coup with the hiring of coach Hue Jackson. Pairing one of the NFL's most creative play-callers with the quarterback the Browns will ultimately pick at No. 2 -- Jared Goff? Carson Wentz? Tim Couch III? -- might finally put an end to the misery by the lake.
- San Diego Chargers: This one's tough. Battered Chargers fans have been through hell supporting a franchise that would rather play elsewhere. Too many cities have watched teams relocate -- it's ridiculous -- but one final playoff push by Philip Rivers would go a long way toward a happy final chapter in San Diego.
- Dallas Cowboys:Here's what you do: (1) Place last year's horrid game tape in a paper bag. (2) Set the bag on fire. (3) Throw the flaming mess off a cliff into the abyss. Cowboys fans can forget about last season and pray for an injury-free 2016. If Tony Romo can stay healthy, Dallas remains a favorite to win the NFC East.
- Jacksonville Jaguars: I feel like a fool. I've been predicting a Jaguars turnaround for years -- and I'm doing it again! I believe in the young playmakers around Blake Bortles. And with Dante Fowler returning after a lost rookie season, Jacksonville's defense adds a promising sack artist to the mix. We've said it all before, but the Jaguars have the talent to be a nice surprise in the AFC.
- Philadelphia Eagles: While Chip Kelly makes the Niners more intriguing, his exodus from Philly is the best thing about the new-look Eagles. This franchise needed a fresh start and they got one. Now it's up to Doug Pederson to make Sam Bradford something other than one of the NFL's most boring quarterbacks.
- Oakland Raiders: Not long ago, Reggie McKenzie was the constant butt of jokes. Today, Raiders fans can smile about what their general manager has put in place, with Derek Carr looking like the answer under center and Khalil Mack emerging as a generational wonder on defense. After a string of draft hits, Oakland has the talent to make a playoff run.
- Buffalo Bills: The in-fighting and lack of buy-in on defense tore the Bills apart, but that doesn't take away from what this big-play offense achieved under coordinator Greg Roman. Buffalo has an exciting young quarterback in Tyrod Taylor. Finding a legitimate wideout to pair with Sammy Watkins could be enough to make the Bills one of the league's top attacks in 2016.
- New York Jets: Dumping Rex Ryan had the potential to go very wrong for the Jets. Instead, they have a superior coach in Todd Bowles and one of the NFL's most underrated team-builders in Mike Maccagnan. After watching Gang Green wisely swap for Brandon Marshall last offseason, Jets fans can rest easy at night about what Bowles and Mac are putting together in Florham Park.
- Washington Redskins: Most expected this club to crash and burn with a vengeance last season. Instead, Washington has a talented coach in Jay Gruden, a promising passer in Kirk Cousins and one of the league's top talent evaluators in Scot McCloughan. With the Robert Griffin III drama behind them, the 'Skins finally feel like a team with direction.
- Houston Texans:Brian Hoyer's playoff implosion comes with a silver lining: The Texans now know for sure that drafting a quarterback is an absolute must. In a division with Luck, Bortles and Mariota on the rise, Houston fans can look forward to coach Bill O'Brien finding his hand-picked passer in the draft.
- Cincinnati Bengals: Say what you will about the tough-luck Bengals, but this team looked like the AFC's top franchise for much of last season. Losing Hue Jackson won't help, but with so many stars returning -- and Andy Dalton turning into a formidable passer -- Cincy's a near lock to get back to the playoffs in 2016.
- Pittsburgh Steelers: Take what we said about the Bengals and apply it to the Steelers. With a healthy Le'Veon Bell back in the mix, the sky's the limit for Big Ben and friends. With more organizational consistency than 90 percent of the league, Pittsburgh remains a Super Bowl threat until Roethlisberger retires.
- Seattle Seahawks: The 'Hawks remain an NFC powerhouse, especially after Russell Wilson developed into one of the NFL's most dangerous passers. Marshawn Lynch is likely gone, but Seattle won't skip a beat in the backfield with tackle-breaking Thomas Rawls in the lineup. Throw in a healthy Jimmy Graham, and the 12s have plenty to smile about.
- Green Bay Packers: P90X guru Tony Horton has promised to whip Eddie Lacy into shape, which might be enough to make the Packers back a top-five runner next autumn. There's also plenty of promise at wideout after watching future Making the Leap candidates Jeff Janis and Jared Abbrederis explode in the playoffs. Plus: Jordy Nelson returns.
- Kansas City Chiefs: There's plenty of hope for a defense that helped the Chiefs to 11 straight wins. Fifth-year end Jaye Howard and third-year pass rusher Dee Ford add strength to an enticing front seven, while Defensive Rookie of the Year candidate Marcus Peters gives Andy Reid one of the AFC's most promising young cover men.
- New England Patriots: Let's not panic, New England. Your team came within a hair of the Super Bowl with one of the AFC's most battered rosters. Until Bill Belichick walks away -- and until the space ship returns to retrieve non-human quarterback Tom Brady -- the Patriots are headed for another 12-4 campaign in 2016.