Tonight, the 2015 NFL season finally gets underway as the league continues its tradition of kicking off on the first Thursday evening of the season. Tonight, the Steelers will be the nation's favorite team for the first time in a long time. Tonight, we are all football fans. Tonight, football is officially back.
After yet another tumultuous offseason in which the league and Roger Goodell were once again in the headlines for the wrong reasons, the road to Super Bowl 50 finally begins with a certain embattled quarterback on the field, instead of being suspended.
Here's your primer on what's going on this evening.
Oh, and here's a fun fact: Bell's and Blount's suspensions stem from a 2014 traffic stop when both players were together in Pittsburgh - Bell was originally charged with Driving Under the Influence of marijuana while Blount was hit with a possession charge before all charges were dropped.
Thursday, September 10th
8:30 PM ET (7:30 CT)
Play-by-play: Al Michaels (related: the Patriots are favored by 7 points)
Color: Cris Collinsworth