The Phildelphia Eagles are ready to begin their Super Bowl defence - but can they retain their crown? 

Records are made to be broken, and several are bound to be surpassed in the new NFL season. 

Welcome back, NFL.

The seemingly interminable wait is finally over for the fans. The fantasy football drafts are in the books (did you pick Le'Veon Bell? If so, sorry!) and the games are starting in earnest. 

Osi Umenyiora believes history will remember former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick like Muhammad Ali and Rosa Parks. 

New England Patriots stars Devin McCourty and Duron Harmon have spoken up in defence of Nike following their controversial Colin Kaepernick advert.

Le'Veon Bell's future with the Pittsburgh Steelers became murkier after comments from his agent.

It is safe to assume Bell will not be playing in the Steelers' regular-season opener against the Cleveland Browns. 

Tom Brady discussed some of the media reports of drama within the New England Patriots organisation and admitted the past couple of seasons "weren't enjoyable," though the NFL great has learned how to deal with it better. 

Jay Ajayi helped deliver a first Super Bowl title to Philadelphia and the City of Brotherly Love's police have since shown their gratitude by not writing the Eagles running back a traffic ticket. 

One-handed Seattle Seahawks linebacker Shaquen Griffin will make his NFL debut in his team's season opener against the Denver Broncos this week. 

The NFL season is upon us, beginning on Thursday when the Atlanta Falcons take on the defending Super Bowl champions, the Philadelphia Eagles.

Ahead of the big kick-off, we've taken the time to point out a few

While the New England Patriots have long since held dominion over the AFC, recent NFL seasons have been defined by teams who have gone on surprise runs to meet them in the Super Bowl.

Though many believed the

JJ Watt is desperate to get back out on the field for the Houston Texans and prove that his injury woes are behind him. 

In a marquee division widely regarded for its competitiveness, one team stands alone as the class of the NFC East. 

Three of the four NFC South teams went to the playoffs last season. With each team's starting core remaining relatively the same, the division is expected to be well represented again this year. 

It doesn't take long for a changing of the guard to take place in the NFL.

In 2018, the NFC West serves as the perfect example. Just three years ago, the Seattle Seahawks and the Arizona Cardinals were the class of the division, with the Rams - then in St Louis - and the San Francisco 49ers floundering in obscurity. 

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