Twenty-eight of the 32 teams in the league already played in the first regular season game. New England Patriots and Miami Dolphins made it 30 to the bottom, just as the Raiders and Denver Broncos round out the Week 1 games.
Beat writer Jerry McDonald's in Denver to account for how to look closely at the invaders, after seven weeks of hurried preparation for the 2011 season. Weight from a base in the home through live chat from 7 pm until well past the end of the game.
In the meantime, let's take a look at the things to look for the game in the evening.
* Running back Darren McFadden missed four exhibition games, due in part to an orbital bone fracture he suffered early in camp, and also because the coach Hue Jackson was fearful of getting hurt any of his key players.
And McFadden said he was not concerned about entering this season without playing any games at the show. From the point of view, it's no different for the opening game when he was in the state of Arkansas.
McFadden got a hot start last season, which is used to push himself to the 1157 meters high professionalism. Invaders are determined to establish the race, so McFadden should see a lot of work tonight.
If McFadden gets harmed or tires, and the invaders are in good hands with Bush and rookie Michael Jones, Taiwan is eager to touch the ball as much as possible.
* Khalif Barnes won the veteran of Stephon Heyer and rookie Joseph Barksdale to address the offensive spot right held by Langston Walker last season.
Barnes is to address the natural left, so it remains to be seen how well it will stand at the new location. Also, he spent two seasons in the first place and calligrapher and an additional back-up blocker.
Barnes will be the night the lights as he went to refer back to try to stave off rising von Miller, who is likely to accelerate from the left side more than once.
Miller is the home of speed. It has become necessary to neutralize the Barnes, but Miller will have to keep the invaders in an extra blocker to help against Miller.
* The Raiders safety blanket of sorts in recent years with many of the cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha able to take away the opposing team to receive higher education. Now that's gone, and the fifty-seventh year cornerback Stanford Routt assumed the leadership role in the secondary.
Asomugha ability to shut down the Broncos wide receiver last season, leading to Brandon Lloyd played a key role in the overall success of the invaders. Routt and fellow veteran cornerback Chris Johnson figure to see way more balls thrown their way when matched up against Lloyd of Asomugha did last season.
Johnson is only the beginning of a new defense in Oakland. However, he started several games in the past, so the Raiders are confident that it will not become a weak link.
* Stephen Wisniewski makes his NFL debut as a rookie. Left is so in the new situation, the guard.
Wisniewski played mostly right guard in Pennsylvania, but the presence of a guard Cooper Carlisle at right of the invaders required Wisniewski sliding to the left side.
He has spent a tremendous amount of time learning the nuances of playing on the left side, including the extra work after practice most days of the week with the assistant offensive line coach Steve Wisniewski and his uncle and a standout guard for once left to the invaders.
The center said he expected Samson Satele Broncos and other teams pursuing Wisniewski from time to time. To this purpose, Satele said he would be there to help whenever necessary.
* Veteran Derek Hagan Moore and rookie DT was, until now, the wide receiver Oakland's most productive in training camp and exhibition games. And find out whether the time began to translate the spots or a lot of time playing in the regular season.
Jackson said he will play the players who perform better in practices and games. Will know how long before that plays out.
It is envisaged that Jacoby Ford and Darrius Heyward Bey will start against the Broncos. What is important is how much land to play receiver, and how many balls thrown their way.
A few will find fault with Ford starting and being a favorite target of quarterback Jason Campbell. Heyward Bey is under tremendous pressure to perform, and that begins before and / or Hagan Moore and get more passes.
* Jackson had played his cards tight to the vest on the length of all, are reluctant to disclose too much information for starting jobs, playing time and strategy.
He has been offered hints of what comes to saying his crime - he was calling all the plays - during the games exhibition is a easy and simple as he can recall at any point in his training career.
He said he intends to "open" can be for something or the other night and keep on the throttle all season long. Once again, we'll see how that plays out tonight.
Jackson also said the process of "building Bully" begins tonight. His vision of a bully, being more physical than the other team, and to impose its will on the opponent and wear teams down.