By Zach Ransom
The 2016 NFL season could very well be one of the most unpredictable in recent histpry.
Though, at the end of the day, a legendary franchise and one on the rise will meet up at NRG Stadium in Houston come February in a rematch of Super Bowl 43.
The Pittsburgh Steelers and Arizona Cardinals will meet for the Vince Lombardi Trophy at Super Bowl 51.
The Steelers have one of the most dynamic offenses in the NFL with the trio of two-time Super Bowl winner Ben Roethlisberger, lightning rod running back Le’veon Bell and of course the electrifying wideout Antonio Brown.
This season will be challenging for Pittsburgh with the dominant Denver defense and the New England Patriots, led by future Hall of Famer Tom Brady. However, the Steelers will navigate all of that, defeat New England in the AFC Championship and punch their ticket to Houston.
Arizona is very much on the rise. With longtime veteran Carson Palmer calling the signals as Quarterback, a Hall of Fame wide out in Larry Fitzgerald and a pretty darn good defense with standouts Chandler Jones, Patrick Peterson and Tyrann Mathieu, the Cards have all the makings of a championship team.
Unlike Pittsburgh, the Cardinals may not even be the best team in their division, as that distinction goes to the Seattle Seahawks. The road through the NFC is more daunting with Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers, and Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers to deal with.
The Arizona defense, however, which is one of the best in football, will help carry Palmer through the gauntlet and get the Cards to the Super Bowl for the second time in franchise history.
But would it be enough to take the Steelers down and deny them a seventh world championship?
Only time will tell.