NFL IS LIVE AND KICK­ING

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As the start of the NFL sea­son ar­rives, let’s do an ex­er­cise in pos­i­tive think­ing. Re­peat af­ter me: “I am clue­less.” Aren’t you feel­ing bet­ter al­ready? But re­ally, al­though it might seem like we know the gist of what’s go­ing to hap­pen in the NFL over the next five months — the Chiefs will be great again, the Bears will not again, etc. — the truth is we don’t. At all.

This time last year, the 49ers and Titans were af­ter­thoughts. One team ended up in the Super Bowl, the other in the AFC ti­tle game.

The Chiefs de­liv­ered on their promise, but about their en­core? Since the Steel­ers dy­nasty of the 1970s, only four Super Bowl win­ners have re­peated — and none since Tom Brady was in his mid-20s. He’s older than Methuse­lah now and, in case you hadn’t heard, no longer with the Pa­tri­ots, which means we have no idea about them any­more, either.

Maybe the Bears will re­turn to their 2018 form, and maybe that’ll put them in po­si­tion to pull a Mi­ami Heat or a New York Is­lan­ders. Whether or not fac­tors re­lated to the pan­demic have lev­eled the play­ing fields in the NBA and NHL, the fact is those leagues have been bonkers since re­turn­ing to ac­tion. Why not the NFL, too?

Foot­ball is here. De­shaun Wat­son and Pa­trick Ma­homes will make us feel, at once, ex­cited and ag­gra­vated as their teams ring in the sea­son Thurs­day at the home of the champs. And then Mitch Tru­bisky will do what­ever he’s go­ing to do to us when the Bears play Sun­day in Detroit.

Tor­ture us? Thrill us? One or the other, def­i­nitely. Or both. Or nei­ther.

Here’s what’s hap­pen­ing:

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