Sky Sports News Wire
That’s the second week of NFL action in the books and I think it showed that life in the world of professional American football can be a great leveller.
The NFL is back and the first full Sunday of action served up the usual mix of drama, excitement and sensational play.
The 2014 NFL Draft threw up literally dozens of great storylines as 256 players were selected from the college football ranks over three days in New York.
Land of free agents
The American television stations will be rolling out their very own Jim Whites later on Tuesday and for the remainder of this week as the free agency signing period opens at 8pm UK time, kicking off the official start of the 2014 NFL season.
The 2013 NFL season ended just 19 days ago with the Seattle Seahawks' dominant victory over the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII, but the 32 teams are already beginning their preparations for the 2014 campaign.
Quality and quantity
Super Bowl XLVIII was one of the most eagerly-awaited title games I can remember but this was never a contest.
Super Bowl six
The big game in New York is drawing ever closer and it will soon be time for the seemingly endless hours of talking to stop and for the showdown between the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos to take place.
Super Bowl week is officially underway following the arrival of the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks in New York, although picky city officials from New Jersey are already screaming "don't forget about us!" and the teams technically didn't set foot in Manhattan on Sunday night.
Stories to savour
So after an intriguing and at times extremely physical day in the NFL, we now know the two teams who will line up and battle for all the glory in Super Bowl XLVIII in New York on Sunday, February 2.
If you're a neutral American football fan without a horse in the race to Super Bowl XLVIII in New York, I suspect you're pretty happy with the final four set to compete in the semi-finals this coming weekend.
The Luck factor
Stop me if you have heard this tune before, but I am proud and pleased to say that - in my opinion - no other sports league in the world offers up the same mix of athleticism, drama and excitement as the NFL.
On the charge
The NFL regular season concluded on Sunday night with Week 17 offering up so much of what had come before in the previous four months - outstanding play, late drama and the odd officiating blunder to add to the controversy.
The NFL may not agree with the way some aspects of professional American Football are portrayed in the Hollywood movie 'Any Given Sunday' but they certainly like the mantra delivered time and again by Al Pacino.
Pack fight back
That's another NFL Sunday in the Sky Sports studios in the books and we enjoyed more thrilling games that defied logic and kept us on the edge of our seats for more than seven hours.
All white on the night
I have been fortunate enough to cover the NFL as a reporter for more than 22 years and I have been a fan of this great sport of American Football since I was 11-years-old.
Manning up... again!
I don't want to sound like a broken record here, but it was truly another wild weekend in the NFL as games went right down to the wire in Week 13.
Tense to the end
We're starting to approach the business end of the 2013 NFL season and Sunday's intriguing action has left the playoff race wide open in both the AFC and the NFC.
A solid defence
With wild weather wreaking havoc across America's Mid-West on Sunday, Week 11 turned into a strange, yet compelling evening of NFL entertainment.
Locker room wars
The NFL action on the field has been edge-of-your-seat stuff in recent weeks.
Cut it out, Bears
We should all know by now to expect the unexpected in the NFL each and every weekend.