Football has arrived.
Yes, it arrived in July when training camps formed. Yes, it arrived in August when the Hall of Fame Game was played. It even kind of arrived for the first half of the third preseason games.
But now—really, actually, truly—the NFL season is upon us.
The NFL's schedule makers always try to make the first game an enticing one, but they outdid themselves this time. The champions, at home, in front of the loudest sports fans on Earth. Their swaggering, dominant defense dismantled the record-setting Denver Broncos offense in Super Bowl XLVIII while the whole world watched in shock.
Their opponents? The Green Bay Packers, one of the NFL's very best offenses for seven years running. Packers fans hope Aaron Rodgers comes back roaring from the collarbone injury that affected him for much of 2014, and that he succeeds where Peyton Manning failed.
It should be a fantastic matchup for the first real NFL football of 2014, but how will it play out?
Bleacher Report's complete guide will take an in-depth look into the teams, the coaches and the matchups—and predict the NFL's first victory of 2014.