At one point this offseason, it was uncertain when exactly Week 1 of the 2011 NFL season would actually begin.
The good news is that it is starting on time and it is finally here. The Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers will host the New Orleans Saints to kick off this long-awaited season of professional football.
The even better news is that the first week of action won't be void of excitement. Division rivals will duke it out and several teams will debut new stars, especially at quarterback.
Here are my previews and predictions for five games you won't want to miss as the NFL returns at full force on Thursday night.