The Cincinnati Bengals upset the odds and powered through to the Super Bowl last season, with Joe Burrow, Ja'Marr Chase and a core of young playmakers starring in their playoff push.
Having retained much of their squad for the upcoming season, and having addressed their offensive line in the offseason, there's no reason why the Bengals can't look to piece together another deep run.
That's exactly what was on the mind of running-back Joe Mixon, who is feeling confident when it comes to his side's chances.
"To be honest, I feel like we might be the hottest thing smokin' in the NFL on Sundays," said Mixon.
"With the talent we got and who we added onto this year, I feel like we're bound to have a hell of a season.
"The best thing about it is we've been there before, and we know how to get there. We've just gotta stick to the basics, one week at a time, and that's what's gonna happen."
Chase is bound to improve even further after setting rookie receiving records last year with 1,455 yards. Plus with the additions of La'el Collins, Alex Cappa and Ted Karras, the Bengals can finally afford Burrow more time to find his talented receiving corps.
It's undoubtedly one of the most feared offences in the NFL right now, and Mixon is another weapon available to head coach Zac Taylor.
Mixon was one of just four players in the NFL last season with 1,500 scrimmage yards and 15-plus TDs alongside Super Bowl MVP Cooper Kupp, Jonathan Taylor and Austin Ekeler.
Having been selected by the Bengals in the second round of the 2017 Draft, Mixon is heading into his fifth season in the NFL, and has plenty left to offer at just 25 years old.
The Bengals will begin their season on September 11 at home to the Pittsburgh Steelers.