Lambeau Field - The NFL's very own Wembley Stadium
I'm off to Green Bay this weekend as myself and Greg Brady kick off the Stateside commentaries on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra with the Packers' clash against the Dallas Cowboys.
On a personal note, to be part of the first British broadcasting team to cover a live regular season game in the United States on the radio in the UK is a real thrill. It is going to be an absolute blast and as someone who is still relatively new to broadcasting, I feel very privileged to be involved.
I won't turn this into a 'Neil looks forward to his busman's holiday' column but I will just say I am very excited. Green Bay is a special place and a city that is pretty unique in world sport. For a start, it is tiny. It is more of a town than a city with a population of just 100,000. In UK terms, that would see Green Bay dwarfed by the likes of Slough and Stockport. And being an industrial city, it is not much to look at.
The Packers, who have played in the NFL since the inaugural 1920 season and won 12 league championships, are pretty unique themselves. They are the only publicly-owned team in American sport. The fans own the team. Think Ebbsfleet United but on a much grander scale.
This weekend, for the 282nd game in a row, more than 71,000 fans will pack into a sold out Lambeau Field, which in itself is a special place. The iconic stadium is the longest-tenured in the NFL as the Packers are now playing out their 53rd season on the famous frozen tundra that has graced some of the greatest names in the sport - Brett Favre, Bart Starr, Vince Lombardi.
The Packers fans are well known for creating a fantastic atmosphere
I have been to Lambeau Field once before for a Monday night game between the Packers and Vikings in 1998 and I felt every hair on the back of my neck stand on end as I walked out of the tunnel and onto the field during the pre-game warm-ups. The atmosphere is always electric, the fans are right on top of the action and the history associated with Lambeau Field seems to hang thick in the air. To me, this is the mecca of NFL fans.
But we will quickly have to recognise we have a game to call and that we are broadcasting to an intelligent and enthusiastic audience.
I have done the odd quarter or two of colour commentary during the past two Wembley games but this will be my first full contest. Every young American football fan with dreams of a career in broadcasting has turned down the television set and had a go at commentating in the past. I remember doing just that with the 1987 AFC Championship Game between the Denver Broncos and Cleveland Browns, although I should have known better at 15! This weekend, I get to do it for real and I cannot wait.
When I arrive in Green Bay and at Lambeau Field on Sunday, I am keen to gauge the mood among Packers fans because there seems to be a hint of desperation about them after two straight losses.
As galling as it was to lose to the Favre-led Minnesota Vikings, what has Packers fans more worried is the fact they handed the previously-winless Tampa Bay Buccaneers their first victory of the season last weekend.
And there seems to be growing discontent towards quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who I happen to think is a decent player saddled with the misfortune - as so many have been down the years - of replacing a legend.
On a very basic level, you can understand why Packers fans are growing disgruntled. The current starting line-ups in Green Bay feature 18 of the 22 players who were on the field when Green Bay came within one overtime period of reaching the Super Bowl in the 2007 season.
Jason Spitz has replaced Josh Sitton on the offensive line and Johnny Jolly and Clay Matthews are the new additions to the defence in place of Corey Williams and Brady Poppinga.
The other change? Rodgers for Favre.
And that is the one difference many Packers fans are pointing to when discussing the reason that 2007 team was a Super Bowl contender and this 2009 version is currently middle of the pack.
While he is guilty of not being Favre - and that is enough to dislike him in the eyes of some fans - Rodgers has been pretty good since taking control of Green Bay's offense. He has a strong arm, his throws are accurate and he can make plays on the run when things break down around him.
In 24 career starts, Rodgers has eclipsed the magical 100-rating mark on 13 occasions. He has six career 300-yard games and has thrown three touchdowns or more in another six contests. Like him or not, it's hard to argue with that big-time production.
Now, Rodgers is not perfect. He holds onto the ball too long and takes too many sacks as a result. But Favre himself holds onto the ball a tad longer than recommended and so does Pittsburgh's Ben Roethlisberger - but by doing that, they risk taking a sack but also extend plays that split second longer to allow their receivers to find an opening downfield.
Rodgers is not to blame for the Packers' recent slump. The men charged with protecting him - the offensive linemen - are the ones who should be feeling under pressure to perform, starting this weekend against the Cowboys.
The anti-Rodgers group believe Rodgers has inferior leadership skills and lacks that something special that Favre possessed in the locker room. They still feel things would be different with Favre under center. I genuinely don't think the situation would be any better.
Both men hold onto the ball too long, both would be playing behind a porous offensive line but Rodgers has superior mobility. That suggests, to me, that the Packers might have the best man under center right now.
There is a lot of dross around the NFL when it comes to quarterbacks. Just ask fans in Oakland and Cleveland. The Packers might not have their legendary fan favourite, but they do have a very good passer in Rodgers.
And with half the season to go, now is not the time for panic in Green Bay. They are just one game out of a playoff place at 4-4 and have plenty of time to put together a decent run.
I think they'll make a good start to the second half of the campaign by putting on an offensive show to beat the Cowboys on Sunday night.
Prediction:Dallas Cowboys 24 Green Bay Packers 31
You can catch Neil commentating on the Cowboys against the Packers live from Lambeau Field this Sunday on BBC 5 live sports extra from 2100. (Available online to UK users only).