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 Defensive All-Rookie Team: Micah Parsons leads the way
Gil Brandt assembles a roster of the best defensive rookies of the 2021 NFL season. Who else joins Dallas Cowboys star Micah Parsons?
Gardner Minshew trade fits: Six teams that could use the Eagles QB in 2022
Could Gardner Minshew bring a steady hand to the Broncos or some extra juice to the Lions? Gil Brandt eyes six potential trade fits for the Eagles quarterback in 2022.
Assessing playoff chances of every .500 team going into Week 14 of 2021 NFL season
Jimmy Garoppolo's San Francisco 49ers have exactly as many wins as they do losses. Will they go on to make the playoffs? Gil Brandt looks at the playoff chances of all five .500 teams in the NFL.
2021 NFL season: Colts, 49ers among teams better than their records
Jonathan Taylor's Colts and Jimmy Garoppolo's 49ers have lost their share of games -- but don't let that fool you. Gil Brandt lists five NFL teams that are better than their records.
Eight in-season additions who will have biggest impact on 2021 NFL stretch run
Will Cam Newton power the Panthers on a playoff run? Gil Brandt eyes eight in-season additions with the potential to impact their new teams down the stretch of the 2021 NFL season.
2021 NFL trade deadline: Seven deals that SHOULD have happened
Would trading for Allen Robinson have helped jump-start the Chiefs' offense? The 2021 NFL trade deadline has passed -- but Gil Brandt considers seven hypothetical deals that should have happened.
Aaron Rodgers-Bears, Tom Brady-Bills: Nine players who 'own' a rival team
Aaron Rodgers has dominated the Bears -- but he isn't the only player to "own" another team. Gil Brandt identifies nine players who have had extraordinary success against a rival.
2021 NFL trade deadline: Nine players who should be on the block
Should the Cleveland Browns think about trying to deal Odell Beckham Jr.? Gil Brandt lists nine players who should be on the block as we approach the 2021 trade deadline.
Ten players who will rebound after slow starts to the 2021 NFL season
Will Zach Wilson keep improving as the 2021 season continues? Can Chase Young rediscover his 2020 form? Gil Brandt highlights 10 NFL players he believes in after slow starts to the season.
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.