If the surplus of media coverage, Facebook statuses, and general fan frenzy did not adequately indicate how anxious most football fans were for this year's season, then recent findings on ticket prices for the NFL's 2011-2012 season should be revealing.
The Chicago Bears are one of four teams to see their averages ticket prices drop from the 2010 to the 2011 season, according to data from secondary market ticket aggregator TiqIQ.
Other franchises such as the Packers, Lions, and the Steelers saw their ticket prices increase close to 50 percent.
The Bears join the Indianapolis Colts, Houston Texans, and the Kansas City Chiefs as the only the teams to see their ticket prices drop, a small relief to Chicagoans who were paying $295.17 on average for tickets in 2010.
According to TiqIQ's data, tickets for the 2011 season have dropped to $282.29, a three percent decrease.
Just north of the border, fans of the Super Bowl Champion Green Bay Packers will have to pay 48 percent more from last year's prices, with an increase from $182.89 in 2010 to $270.55 for 2011.
Despite the slight drop in Bears ticket prices, the Monsters of the Midway still play in two of the top five most expensive games by ticket average in 2011. Their Sept. 25 match-up against the Packers are selling for an average of $388.21, and tickets for their Sept. 18 game against the Saints are going for $369.74.
Bears away tickets are selling for an average of $233.20, according TiqIQ