Since the 2011 NFL schedule was released in late April, fans have been counting down the days until Sept. 8 when the New Orleans Saints and Green Bay Packers would begin a new season. With the lockout a thing of the past and the countdown at 38 days, the season is finally within reach.
Unlike the other major sports in the United States, which each have at least 82 regular season games, every game in the NFL truly does matter. Eight of the 16 games during the opening week are divisional games and some of them will have an impact on the playoff picture four months later.
The best part about the first week of the season is that everybody starts off 0-0. It doesn't matter what happened last season and it's too early to start thinking about next season, so fans around the league can just enjoy the games.
With that in mind, here are the top five games to track during Week One of the NFL season.