For NFL fans, it's time to sit back and enjoy America's greatest game as action begins this week for every team in the league, and while it's just the beginning, the regular season is just around the corner.
The action kicks off on Thursday night with six games, including the nationally televised game on ESPN with the Green Bay Packers on the road to face San Diego in a battle between two teams that should compete for a spot in the playoffs this year.
Friday has six more games on tap, and the highlight of the evening is last year's surprise team Cincinnati at home against the NY Jets. Both teams have made some changes, but the Bengals could challenge for a Super Bowl if quarterback Andy Dalton improves on last year's terrific rookie season.
The first week action concludes on Monday with an NFL prime-time game between two of the most liked teams in the league, as the Dallas Cowboys travel to Oakland to face the Raiders on another game televised by ESPN.
The preseason is a good time for fans to learn new players and in some cases, new coaching staffs, but for football junkies, it's just the best time of year, and it will all lead to the Super Bowl played early in 2013.