Welcome to the National Football League.
That was the refrain of the past several days. Whether it was fans settling in to watch their first game of the year or rookies preparing to play the first game of their NFL careers, this past weekend brought it with the first big taste of the NFL in 2014.
Rookie quarterback Blake Bortles of the Jacksonville Jaguars made the most of it with a strong preseason debut. Teddy Bridgewater of the Minnesota Vikings wasn't so lucky. The much-heralded first game action for Cleveland's Johnny Manziel fell somewhere in between.
A new week means it's back to work though, and with that in mind here's the latest from around the league.