You made it. Congratulations.

Our long run without regular season football and the national angst over the continued dominance of the Patriots … is over.

The 2017 NFL season kicks off later tonight with Brady and Gronk and the high-octane Patriots (no Edelman or Mitchell) facing off against Alex Smith, Tyreek Hill and the Chiefs. The preliminary Week 1 rankings are available below and will be updated with tidbits and injury information as the weekend approaches.

I’ll be in the throes of a full Football Friday on September 8th. We’ll post our preview videos, including Ninjas “sleepers” and bust candidates. Keep an eye on my Twitter account – @swollendome — for additional footage.