It's here. Real, live, consequential NFL football. We're officially in Week 1 of the regular season.
Oh, and no more rehashing the epic comeback/choke job in Super Bowl LI. It's tired, and we have new material.
In a related note, though, the Patriots begin their title defense by hosting the always-contending Chiefs on Thursday night. Kansas City can finally move beyond its own sour finish to the 2016 campaign. You know, when Eric Fisher bear-hugged James Harrison and potentially cost the Chiefs a trip to the AFC Championship Game -- in Foxborough. That's where we will get our football consciousness kick-started again, providing a welcome distraction from the news cycle. (Please.) Although not all news is separate from football, and not all news is negative:
So take a gander at the full rundown below, and -- as always -- give me your take: @HarrisonNFL is the place.
Now, let the dissension commence!
PROGRAMMING NOTE: For a full hour of in-depth analysis on the updated league pecking order, tune in to NFL Network every Tuesday night at 6 p.m. ET for the "NFL Power Rankings" show.
**Side note:** Could it be that we are all missing the point with the [Falcons](/teams/atlantafalcons/profile?team=ATL), i.e., that they might be -- could be -- more talented on the *other* side of the ball? </content:power-ranking>
*(**UPDATE:** Arbitrator Harold Henderson [upheld the six-game suspension](http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000839569/article/ezekiel-elliotts-6game-ban-upheld-will-play-vs-giants), but Elliott will be allowed to play Week 1 vs. the [Giants](/teams/newyorkgiants/profile?team=NYG), due to the timing of the decision, while a judge weighs whether to grant a temporary restraining order blocking the suspension.) * </content:power-ranking>
1) What about the pass rush coming off the edge?
2) Who can hold coverage, other than James Bradberry?
3) Who is the vertical threat in this offense?
4) Cam Newton threw all of two passes in August.
5) How long can Greg Olsen keep being the top option?