There is no denying that the NFL has been an elite league in recent years, but which teams are actually elite?
It seems as though the answer to that question is a bit more complex than it first seems.
Here are the 10 teams that stand above the rest and are considered to be elite in every aspect.1.
Green Bay PackersThis is a team that was the laughingstock of the league last season and the Packers are set to make a serious run for the playoffs.
Green’s star quarterback, Aaron Rodgers, is a force to be reckoned with, but the team’s defense is loaded with talented defensive linemen.
The Packers were one of the best defensive teams in the league in 2014 and 2015.
Rodgers will also be in line for a lucrative contract extension.2.
Miami DolphinsThe Dolphins are one of just a handful of teams in this year’s NFL that are considered elite.
The Dolphins’ offense is loaded, but their defense is a nightmare to play against.
The defense ranked first in the AFC East last season, but they are expected to be one of two teams in that division to make the playoffs this season.3.
Dallas CowboysThe Cowboys have been one of football’s best teams in recent seasons and this is no different.
Their quarterback, Tony Romo, is the face of the franchise and the Cowboys are expected get a new deal this offseason.
The team was one of only four teams in last year’s playoffs to finish with at least a 7-9 record.4.
Seattle SeahawksThe Seahawks have a talented roster and have one of those teams in their division who can be considered elite in nearly every aspect of the game.
They finished the 2014 season ranked third in the NFC West.
Their defense was one the best teams nationally in 2014, finishing second to only the San Francisco 49ers in sacks.5.
Philadelphia EaglesThe Eagles are one-half of the Philadelphia Eagles and are expected make a run for a playoff spot in this season’s playoffs.
Philadelphia finished the 2013 season ranked first nationally in total defense and third in total offense.
Their offense ranked fourth nationally in scoring offense, which ranked third nationally in the regular season.6.
Atlanta FalconsThe Falcons were one-third of the Falcons in 2013 and 2014 and were expected to finish the season among the best defenses in the country.
They did not finish the year in the top half of the conference.
However, this year they should be a force in the division and could challenge for a division title.7.
Kansas City ChiefsThe Chiefs were one half of one of America’s most powerful franchises last season.
They are expected a big payday from their new owner, Robert Kraft, and they finished with the nation’s best defense in 2014.
The Chiefs ranked second in the National Football League in total yards allowed per game and sixth in total points allowed per contest.8.
Cincinnati BengalsThe Bengals were one and half of two undefeated teams in 2014 in the same conference and are also expected to have a good chance to win a playoff game this season as they finished the season ranked fifth nationally in rushing defense.
They will be one-quarter of a league-best offense, with RB Joe Mixon leading the way.9.
Tampa Bay BuccaneersThe Bucs were one percent of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2013 but are now expected to rebound this season, with the Bucs expected to win their division for the first time since 2012.
The Bucs have a top-ranked defense in the conference and will be expected to take home the division title this season in a conference that has become a favorite to win the Super Bowl.10.
Baltimore RavensThe Ravens were one team that had been expected to fall to the bottom of the NFC North.
They were one out of five teams in 2015 that finished with a losing record, but are expected in 2016 to make another run for this division title as they finish the 2015 season ranked second nationally in passing yards allowed.11.
Kansas State WildcatsThe Wildcats were expected by many to finish last in the Pac-12 in 2013, but instead finished in the national top-five in scoring defense and were a top five team in the nation in rushing offense in 2014 before going on to finish in the Top 10.12.
Pittsburgh SteelersThe Steelers were expected not to be among the elite teams in 2016, but were one or two teams that finished in Top 10 in each of their conference divisions.
Pittsburgh finished the year ranked third to last nationally in sacks and had a top ten defense.13.
New Orleans SaintsThe Saints were expected be one team to finish below the other three teams in any conference in the Super-Dome, but finished second to the Carolina Panthers in scoring.
The Saints ranked third behind the Carolina Tar Heels and were one point out of the top 10 in the SEC West.14.
Philadelphia 76ersThe 76ers were one game out of first place in the East and were the most talented team in football in 2014 when they finished fifth nationally with a record of 7-7.
The 76ers had a solid season last year