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Friday open thread: How do you feel about the shortened preseason?

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The preseason will look a little different in 2020.

NFL: AUG 25 Preseason - Patriots at Lions Photo by Steven King/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

This week it was announced that the NFL preseason will not include the traditional four games played ahead of the regular season. Weeks 1 and 4 have been cut in favor of increased training time, allowing teams to additional leeway in putting together their offseason programs.

For the Detroit Lions, this means that matchups against the Patriots and Bills will no longer occur, leaving the Jets and Dolphins on the schedule... for now. With the ongoing pandemic and increasing infection numbers, it is very possible that this number could again be reduced, if not entirely eliminated.

Today’s Question of the Day is:

How do you feel about the shortened preseason?

My answer: While some fans enjoy the four preseason games to watch roster battles and follow young players fighting for roster spots, they have never been that appealing to me. I completely understand those who believe ‘any football is better than no football’ but I personally just cannot get into these exhibition games.

I know that teams use these preseason games to help finalize the 53-man roster, but four games each year seems like more than enough. I would be fine with permanently reducing the number of weeks going forward. Even if it was for limiting injuries alone, I think the decision would be justified.