Long live Autumn Sundays
What a challenge. My first blog and the editor asks me to predict the line-up for this season's Super Bowl in Miami on 7 February.
Would somebody pass me a list of the 32 NFL teams and a pin?
OK, it's not quite that tough but this is one of the most open races I can remember since I began covering the NFL in 1991. I'll get to the predictions shortly but first, a little bit about myself and the BBC coverage this year.
I have written about the sport on both sides of the Atlantic, spent six years in PR with the NFL and have followed the last two seasons from the Sky Sports studio.
This season, I'll be the resident NFL expert on the all-new BBC 5 live sports extra Sunday night show, where we will be commentating live on a featured game every week of the season. This new programme will form part of the expanded BBC coverage of the NFL this season.
Along with the live Sunday night show and the usual active 606 community, the BBC Sport website will carry embedded video (UK only), including the Top 10 Plays of The Week and individual player highlights. Unfortunately, there won't be any videos of myself despite my glorious playing career!
I played tight end in the British League with the Medway Mustangs, Invicta Eagles and Kent Exiles. While it was not very organised in the 1990s, it was a lot of fun. I still chuckle at the memory of our American quarterback at the Mustangs, Pablo Ortiz, who never quite bonded with the team.
Pablo was one of those who liked to heave the football 80 yards. It didn't matter to him that us receivers couldn't get within 30 yards of his passes... not his problem.
Well, Pablo finally pushed one of our players too far and was last seen being chased by a team-mate with the first down marker. We never saw Pablo again.
Back to the NFL, I can see at least a dozen contenders who have a shot at reaching the title game. That's part of the attraction with the NFL - there is no "big four" stomping over the rest of the league.
There is always the potential for a Cinderella season. Last year it was Miami, who recorded the biggest turnaround in NFL history with 11 wins and five losses one year after going 1-15.
It's tough to count out Pittsburgh as reigning champions, the last time New England had Tom Brady in the line-up for an entire year they came within 35 seconds of an undefeated season and New Orleans possess a prolific attack.
Eli Manning is looking to add another Super Bowl to his resume
But I'm going for the San Diego Chargers and New York Giants. The Chargers reached the second round of the playoffs with a squad decimated by injuries last season. If they stay healthy, quarterback Philip Rivers and running back LaDainian Tomlinson can be deadly. And they're stronger on defence now linebacker Shawne Merriman has returned from injury.
The Giants run powerfully, boast an efficient quarterback on an upward curve in Eli Manning and a defensive pass rush that will put the frighteners on the toughest quarterbacks in the game. That's a pretty good recipe for success and could be enough to see New York crowned champions for the second time in three years.
Of course, I'll probably be completely wrong so don't take my word as gospel... yet. I'm looking forward to some good debate over the forthcoming season.
You can catch Neil on BBC 5 live sports extra every Sunday night at 2100 BST. This week's featured game is the Arizona Cardinals at the San Francisco 49ers. Full schedule.