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NFL Offenses in Preseason Mode

Rick Gosselin argues that teams’ reluctance to expose their stars to injury risk during the pre-season means that they are still essentially in preseason mode the first four weeks of the season. Since quarterbacks and receivers don’t get many reps at game speed, he observes, “Little wonder defense is always ahead of the offense in September.”

Agreed. Of course, that begs the question: Why have a four game pre-season, then, if it’s not going to be used as intended? The answer, obviously, is money: Teams can force season ticket holders to pay for two extra home games at full price for the privilege of buying the eight regular season games. It’s a lousy deal but most teams have waiting lists, so the owners are getting away with it.

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