NFL Preseason: 3 Reasons Why It is Important

While it is easy to dismiss the importance of the NFL preseason, it may be more important than you deem it is. The sceptics would say that the preseason games are only for a show, a waste of time and money. However, there is more to this than meet the wanderers’ eyes.

Here’s Why NFL’s Preseason Is So Important

#1 NFL preseason is used to predict division standings, playoffs, and even Super Bowl contenders

The four-week-long preseason attempts at building momentum—for all the football teams, players, and even fans. It creates excitement and drama as well, along with professional play without getting any player injured as much as possible.

For the teams, most notably, they all have the legitimate shots at becoming the next football success story. It is the league-wide optimism that is hard to ignore. There are 31 teams in the NFL, and yet only will emerge triumphantly as the 2019 NFL season champion.

A team’s success could be deeply rooted in the preseason. Team strategists mainly consider these games as the first real test to determine whether their preparations are working or not. If they need to implement new defence and offence, these games are also the likely testing ground.

#2 NFL preseason allows a team to assess talent and performance

Preseason games have no bearing whatsoever records-wise. Nevertheless, each team is looking to complete a 58-player roster. Some of these football players will be booked based on how they played at the preseason games. 

Thus, the preseason is an opportunity to compete at game speeds they probably would encounter in the regular season. It is the experience that young football players yearn for. The majority of these players have not played for the NFL but wished to be included in a team. The third and fourth week of the preseason proved to be the crucial ones.

It may not be significant for the sceptics since no Antonio Brown, Odell Beckham Jr., or Le’Veon Bell would be playing. But it means a regular paying job for those who will be chosen. This is also the reason preseason players focus more on playing than winning. They knew that the coaching staff are watching.

#3 NFL preseason offers an opportunity to increase the bottom-line

This may be an afterthought. However, there are thousands of people who rely on the NFL as their source of livelihood. That means NFL as a whole, not just the regular season, playoffs or Super Bowl.

The preseason games are backup plays that fans still pay for as part of the packaged preseason tickets with season tickets. There is an economic domino effect that benefits those stadium workers, sellers, and even nearby establishments. Taking away one to two preseason games would affect their bottom-line negatively.

Indeed, the preseason signals the unofficial commencement of the NFL season. It exists mainly to allow the teams to gear up for the regular season and evaluate the young rosters of players. The preseason is also an opportunity for ironing out any kinks on the game plan before the regular season starts.

 

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5 of the Best Super Bowl Halftime Performances

The Super Bowl has some of the most magnificent performances of a lifetime. Show stoppers indeed! 

People may have differing opinions on which performances are deserving to be called the best. But these halftime shows that made Super Bowl history are the unanimous choices.

#5 – Aerosmith, Mary J. Blige, Nelly, *NSYNC and Britney Spears (2001)

The 2001 Super Bowl halftime show was one of the best things that happened in 2001. The complete ensemble—pop, R n B, and rap singers in one gigantic stage were singing their hearts out. Star power ruled the moment *NSYNC opened the show with their hit song “Bye, Bye, Bye.” Their rendition of “Walk This Way” was epic. Also, this was the first-ever concert-like halftime performance with the crowds surrounding the stage. The interaction with the fans brought the performance to a whole new level.

#4 – Lady Gaga (2017)

Lady Gaga, who has a reputation for ‘over the top’ shows, set the bar high on this 2017 Super Bowl halftime performance. She started from the roof and jumped off it literally and ended her performance with a mic drop. Trust Gaga to overcompensate her audience with pure entertainment first, and theatrics, including the grand fireworks display, second. There had been no reinvention of her old songs to newer versions too. Furthermore, it is one of those performances that are highly interactive, giving the audience a role in the spectacle. Again, Lady Gaga is one of the few people who can do that. And with no surprise cameos whatsoever.

#3 – Prince (2007)

Prince is one of the greatest musicians who had ever live. His 2007 Super Bowl performance was epic on all proportions mainly because he was doing “Purple Rain” during a downpour. Prince made it look so easy performing on stage. Prince’s performance was not the most extravagant, but it still became one magical experience for the crowd more especially. Not to mention, the Florida A&M University Marching 100 were on their best elements too.

#2 – U2 (2002)

If there’s one powerful moment in Super Bowl history, that would be U2’s 2002 performance. An Irish rock band, U2 performed in honour of the lives lost in the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Performance-wise, this was a classic example of uniting the people and communicating the message of love through music as the universal language, as one YouTube commenter said. It made more emotional when Bono lifted his jacket and revealed the sewn American flag inside.

#1 – Michael Jackson (1993)

Jackson started it all with his 1993 Super Bowl halftime performance—from the King of Pop’s entrance to the use of the Jumbotrons and body doubles. The aerial shots of the stadium were phenomenal as well. Everything changed, and it even became a challenge to top the previous year’s performance. But there’s nothing to topple MJ’s performance just yet despite the sceptics saying he could have done more, being the consummate performer that he was. He started with bated breath and ended with a dedication of “Heal the World” for all the children worldwide.

 

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3 of the Best Quarterbacks in NFL History

If there is one person in the offensive line who bears the weight of every game, that is the quarterback. Indeed, a quarterback play can lead the entire team towards winning or losing the game.

Not all quarterbacks are created equal, however. Some quarterbacks can execute an outstanding play through running the football himself or forward passing while others can’t.

Three to four names appear consistently in rankings of top quarterbacks of all-time.

These NFL quarterbacks change not only how the play went down, but also the entire American football history.

#3 – Joe Montana (1979 – 1994)

  • 4x Super Bowl championships
  • 3x Super Bowl MVP
  • 8x Pro Bowler
  • 2x NFL MVP
  • NFL Offensive Player of the Year

Montana is known for his ability to keep calm, earning him the moniker ‘Joe Cool.’ With this demeanour, he was always able to direct his teammates. Montana never lost a Super Bowl with his 63.2% yards completion and 2.6% interception rates.

The come-from-behind passer delivers what is expected of him, and the most cherished moment in his professional career was the San Francisco 49ers 1988-89 playoff win. He had 19 touchdowns against a single interception.

He had a strong start in 1989 when he won the Offensive Player of the Year. Nowadays, he is also known as The Comeback Kid because of his legendary fourth-quarter comebacks. Such a deficit puts him behind Brady and Manning.

#2 – Peyton Manning (1998 – 2015)

  • 2x Super Bowl championships
  • Super Bowl MVP
  • 14x Pro Bowler
  • 5x NFL MVP
  • 2x Offensive Player of the Year

Montana may have more Super Bowl championship appearances than Manning, but there is more to the man when it comes to mental battles against the opponents. He has abilities to 1) diagnose coverages and 2) break the defence. Brady is the only one who can match and even surpass his football IQ. 

Furthermore, diagnosis efficiency is the reason behind his low sack numbers with only 303 throughout 17 seasons. Manning has 65.3% yards completion and 2.7% interception rates. He attempted 9,380 passes as well during the Super Bowl XLI.

Nonetheless, he failed some playoffs that put him in the second position.

#1 – Tom Brady (2000 – present)

  • 5x Super Bowl championships
  • 4x Super Bowl MVP
  • 12x Pro Bowler
  • 2x NFL MVP
  • 2x NFL Offensive Player of the Year

Brady does not possess the arm strength or the mobility of his contemporaries. Still, he has an impressive football IQ that allows him to make the most efficient decisions on the field. Other than his accuracy, Brady’s strong work ethic is his legacy.

A consistent passer, Brady’s yards completion percentage was at 63.8 (attempted more than 8,000 passes throughout his career) while his interception percentage is 1.8. He’d never went beyond that point since he became a starter. Tom Terrific’s passing prowess was one of the reasons his team has won at least five Super Bowls.

While he may be the oldest NFL quarterback to retire, he is leaving valuable lessons on nutrition, strength, and conditioning. These three change the way he trains and plays football.

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