The NFL regular season is less than a week away. Roster cuts, waiver pickups and fantasy football drafts signal the beginning of football season. Every team is even right now at 0-0 and has an optimistic outlook on the season ahead.
Soon, though, injuries, locker room drama and just bad play with separate the contenders from the pretenders. It all begins with Week 1.
The defending Super Bowl champions will kick off the season in their backyard on Wednesday night against a bitter NFC East rival. The Dallas Cowboys begin another season in which they hope to silence the critics. It will be another showdown between Eli and Romo, with plenty of other factors being involved.
That is just the first of 16 Week 1 games. Here is how each will turn out.