Finally, the NFL season is back upon us. Now, the quest for the Lombardi Trophy begins for all 32 teams, but only one will leave with the trophy in hand come Feb. 5.

Finally, the NFL season is back upon us. Now, the quest for the Lombardi Trophy begins for all 32 teams, but only one will leave with the trophy in hand come Feb. 5.

Well, I guess you have to start with the defending champion Broncos, but I don’t think they’ll ever be in contention to bring home back-to-back titles with their quarterback situation in a state of such disarray.

To me, the AFC really comes down to two teams: the Steelers and the Patriots.

I’m very high on the Steelers this season after they came a late fumble away from making it to the conference championship game in 2015.

The offense will continue to put up huge points with Ben Roethlisberger leading the charge from under center and Antonio Brown being his top target. He has emerged as the best receiver in the league.

Though Martavis Bryant has been suspended for the year, they still have great depth at receiver with Markus Wheaton, Darrius Heyward-Bey and Sammie Coats.

Top tailback Le’Veon Bell is suspended for the first three games, but D’Angelo Williams filled in nicely for him last season when he went down with an injury.

Defensively, you won’t get much better than the Steelers’ front seven. However, their secondary is a cause for concern. I can see them giving up a lot of big plays through the air this season.

That’s why I would have to give a slight edge to the Patriots. Despite dealing with a plethora of injuries last season, New England still found a way to make it to the AFC title game.

I think Tom Brady has one great year left in him, and entering the season with a four-game suspension hanging over his head for “Deflategate,” I think it will serve as a huge chip on his shoulder. I think he’ll be out looking for blood all season.

He’ll have plenty of targets to choose from with Rob Gronkowski, Julian Edelman and Dion Lewis.

I really like what the Patriots will feature on defense.

Their front seven should be great with the additions of Chris Long and the second-year progressions of Malcom Brown and Trey Flowers.

Barkevious Mingo was a bust in Cleveland, but I think he could flourish in New England, and the secondary will be strong as well with Malcolm Butler leading the charge.

The Panthers are the defending NFC champions, and they’ll bring back another top team in 2016.

The offense should be lethal with a solid offensive line and the reigning NFL MVP in Cam Newton at quarterback.

Jonathan Stewart returns in the backfield, and the receiving corps will offer plenty of options with the return of tight end Greg Olsen and wideouts Ted Ginn, Jr. and Kelvin Benjamin. Benjamin had to miss all of 2015 after tearing his ACL during the offseason.

Their front seven will be nasty once again, but their secondary is a huge question mark. They struggled in spots last year, and that was with top playmaker Josh Norman.

Norman is now in Washington, and veteran safety Roman Harper is gone as well.

The Seahawks will still have arguably the best defense in the league and a Russell Wilson-led offense, but being without Marshawn Lynch is huge. He brought so much toughness and attitude to that team.

I think the Packers will be much better this season with the return of Jordy Nelson and a slimmer Eddie Lacy on offense. The defense will be solid—especially in the trenches, but to me, the best team in the NFC will be the Cardinals.

They were embarrassed by the Panthers in the NFC title game last year, and I think that will only motivate them to get over the hump in 2016.

They’re very deep at wide receiver with Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd and John Brown, and they have a stacked backfield with Chris and David Johnson and Andre Ellington.

Other than the playoff loss, Carson Palmer had a resurgent season at QB. If he can continue the momentum in 2016, the offense should be one of the best in the conference.

It’s their defense that I really like.

The front seven was good last season, but it got even better with the steal of Ole Miss defensive lineman Robert Nkemdiche in the first round of the draft and the pickup of longtime Patriot Chandler Jones.

The secondary did lose Rashad Johnson and Jerraud Powers, but they still have arguably the best corner in the league in Patrick Peterson.

Tyran Mathieu makes his return after tearing his ACL last season.

In a Patriots vs. Cardinals Super Bowl, I like the Patriots. They have the more complete team. They have the better coach and better quarterback.

I think this is Brady’s final big win as he passes Joe Montana and Terry Bradshaw with his fifth Super Bowl victory.