It's hard to say that the first game of each NFL team's season is as important as the other 15 games it will play.
But the Jacksonville Jaguars, fresh off a 5-11 campaign, need to prove the progress shown on the field in the preseason will translate to improvements in games that count.
Yes, now it counts.
Now, the new-look Jaguars—with a new head coach, new receivers, what looks like a new starting quarterback and a new starter at running back (at least for now)—will trot out on the field against the Minnesota Vikings and try to make a statement in the dome.
Just an FYI, Minnesota was one of the worst teams in the NFL last season.
In other words, each of these teams has something to prove.
Because of the hype, the importance of getting off to a fast start and the fact division rival Houston comes to town the next week, this is a must-win for these Jaguars.
Here are some keys to getting a win on the road in Minnesota.