This Sunday is special to many people for many reasons.
This day marks the tenth year since the horrific events unfolded upon all Americans, now simply termed "9-11." A day where heroes were born and innocent victims perished.
This also happens to be the day the NFL plays football, where all teams but six will begin their seasons. It will be a day of remembrance and rebirth for the National Football League.
One new wrinkle added by the league is an actual humane act by the No Fun League. Commissioner Roger Goodell sent his "Fashion Police" enforcers home for the weekend, allowing players to pay tribute to the America people by their own choosing.
With the players strike having smushed everything together, we saw Thursday that teams are still trying to catch up to getting in actual football shape. The play was sloppy, but the novice fan was treated to a high scoring affair.
Many hearts will will heavy with the memory of loss today, and that includes people at the stadium today. Yes, we are back to football. Yet we are also united in thought for those who gave their lives as we try to enjoy a child's game.
Game of the Week
These two teams dislike each other, and this is the best rivalry in the NFL today. The Steelers are 18-12 in this series, and five of the last six games were decided by three points or fewer.
I like the Ravens, but I think it will take a few more weeks until they hit their stride. The Steelers know each other right now, so familiarity will win.
Steelers 19 Ravens 17
The Falcons' balance on both sides of the ball will be hard to handle for their opponents this season. The Bears' defense is excellent, but it remains to be seen if the offense has improved from their subpar 2010 performance.
Bears quarterback Jay Cutler has chucked 79 interceptions in 68 career games. It is the highest total in the NFL over that time. If Cutler continues to make errors, it will make it easier for Atlanta to win.
Falcons 23 Bears 17
These teams mirror each other in several ways. Both have new starting quarterbacks, though the Titans Matt Hasselbeck holds the edge here.
Running the ball well should decide this. Jacksonville's Maurice Jones-Drew is ready to go after getting a full training camp under his belt, while Tennessee's Chris Johnson has only been at it about a week.
Jaguars 21 Titans 17
Philly needs to show why owner Jeff Lurie plunked down over $200 million this year. The Rams are a promising team who can run the ball well with a Pro Bowl halfback and one of the best offensive lines in football.
The Eagles defensive weakness is stopping the run, so this area will be exploited by the Rams. Yet Philadelphia gets wide receivers Jeremy Maclin and Steve Smith back this week, and the Rams' secondary is the weakness of the Saint Louis team.
Eagles 34 Rams 24
If you love to watch young defensive lines with the ability to dominate, tune into this game. Both teams feature trench play from pretty deep defensive units, led by Detroit's Ndamukong Suh.
It comes down to the young quarterbacks on both teams. Matt Stafford may have Calvin Johnson to throw to, but the Lions quarterback has been brittle so far in his career. The Buccaneers Josh Freeman does not make many mistakes, and this could be the difference this week.
Buccaneers 14 Lions 10
Minnesota changed head coaches last year, but the Chargers hung onto theirs for some reason. That reason needs to be shown immediately.
While Minnesota's back seven in their defense is pretty good, they have questions along the defensive line. The Chargers' offense is explosive, so a fast start is needed by them in order to show that they are Super Bowl contenders.
Chargers 28 Vikings 24
It is fitting that New York will be represented in the nation's capitol on the 10th anniversary 9-11. Washington will need to run the ball and eat up the clock to keep the Giants excellent offense on the sideline.
The Giants severely depleted secondary will be tested soon, but it is doubtful this will come from Redskins quarterback Rex Grossman. His penchant for mistakes will probably make the difference.
Giants 27 Redskins 24
Miami fully expects to have a better offense compared to last year as young quarterback Chad Henne matures into the player they have hoped for. But their rushing attack is still in question.
The Patriots, considered by some to be the best team in the AFC, only have to deal with the question of how many games they will win this year.
Patriots 23 Dolphins 16
Oakland loves to run the football, as they should with Darren McFadden and Michael Bush taking carries. But their defensive secondary is an unknown commodity when extra defensive backs are needed, and the run defense on both teams is nothing special.
Kyle Orton could light up the Raiders secondary for over 300 yards, but the amount of offensive plays the Broncos could have may be limited due to the Raiders ground game controlling the clock.
Raiders 20 Broncos 17