Before jumping into the leaner, meaner version of the Internet's most entertaining NFL ranking device – and I write that with the humility of, say, Terrell Owens staring at himself in the mirror – I'd like to ask you a question: You thought it was over, didn't you?
But like the Redskins and Titans, this interminable column has bucked the odds and slipped into the postseason, determined to do as much damage as possible before the powers that be put a stop to it.
In other words: Come early February, if you see a stand-alone headline heralding a special Super Bowl edition of "Two Questions," assume that I spiked the punch at the Y! Sports water cooler.
In the meantime, guess which team tops my rankings? That's right, the same one that was No. 1 at the beginning of the season and stayed there the entire time, largely because the Patriots neglected to lose an actual game. Boring, huh? Yeah, that's how they roll in New England, and man is it impressive.
As for the teams closer to the bottom of this abbreviated trip through our little league, don't despair. Thankfully, their fates will be decided on the field. And for what it's worth, though I'm rating them rather low, I still have high hopes for the Redskins and Titans.
3. Dallas Cowboys: After Super Bowl XXXIX, does anyone really doubt whether T.O. can fight through that ankle injury and perform at a high level?
5. Jacksonville Jaguars: Great job winning that huge game in the Pittsburgh chill, guys. Now, can you do it again?
10. Seattle Seahawks: That wasn't really the first-team defense out there in Atlanta, was it?
12. New York Giants: Was that stirring effort against the Patriots their Super Bowl, and if so, was that such a bad thing?