The NFL is never lacking for excitement, especially in the postseason. All it takes is a strong team spirit, execution of the playbook and a touch of luck and ABRACADABRA!! Upsets happen and championships are won, but not this season.

Our feeling for this season sways strongly towards the favorites, it won’t be a season of underdogs and luck, it’ll come down to who has the best team and the talented players who can change a game with individual brilliance. This season will play out between the favorites, simply because they won’t be thwarted anymore, they are on a mission to re-establish dominance and no two teams look more like it than the unrelenting New England Patriots and the hungry Pittsburgh Steelers.

The Steelers have a culture and a history of winning, in 10 years they’ve made only a single appearance (a losing one) in the Super Bowl and for a team with their history and reputation that is just unacceptable. Ben Roethlisberger is looking like he still has hands for a few more seasons in him, while Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell both look poised for a huge season.The Steelers were 13-3 last season, and are 39-17 in a five-season span when all three of its stars have played. This could just be the season they push their good form far into the postseason.

Then there is the inevitable New England Patriots. This insatiable has appeared in three of the last four Super Bowls, winning twice and losing once, the team is on a mission to reclaim old Vince. The team expects to always win and it is built for exactly that. While the Patriots may seem immovable as the NFL’s top dog, internal struggles are the team’s biggest enemy. Head coach Bill Belichick and star quarterback Tom Brady were at each other through last season and it doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon and with tight end Gronkowski now part of that tug, things are looking tumultuous for the Patriots. All is not lost however for the Pats; if the franchise can get its three leading men to agree on the one thing they cherish above all, winning and fix their issues on defense, then we can expect much more than just a Super Bowl appearance from them.