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Monday open thread: How many preseason games should there be?

Does the current preseason format need to change? If so, how?

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Yesterday's non-Detroit Lions Question of the Day spurred an interesting debate on the state of the preseason (thanks, ncbur10 ). Nearly every year we complain about the preseason. Sometimes major injuries happen and we argue that the preseason should be shorter. Or season ticket holders rightfully bemoan the full price they have to pay for preseason tickets that they don't even want. Regardless the topic, there is a consensus that the preseason is broken and needs fixing. So today's Question of the Day is:

How many preseason games should there be?

My answer: Four. I know. That's how many teams play right now, but I just don't have an answer on how to fix the preseason. The teams need time to evaluate their players, the players need time to knock the rust off and the officials need the practice just as much as the players do (see: the slow, inefficient officiating during the Lions-Ravens game). When injuries happen or we all get bored by the third preseason game, it's frustrating, but I think it's a necessary evil in the way the NFL is currently set up.

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