The NFL preseason is often viewed as one of the biggest wastes of time, as teams routinely play their starters for a quarter or two, then end up playing a host of players who ultimately don’t even make the opening day 53-man roster.
Many people are calling for the preseason to be reduced, and the amount of games played to be cut down from four to two or three. NFL owners are in favor of this, but only if it means adding regular season games, and/or another round in the playoffs.
But some actually see the benefit of the preseason, and how having this many games can help determine who plays in the postseason. Phil Savage is a former general manager for the Cleveland Browns and is currently a player personnel executive for the Philadelphia Eagles. He believes the NFL preseason has significance, and has a interesting statistic to prove it:
Last 5 Super Bowl winners and 7 of past 10 have won at least 2 #NFL preseason games. 46 of 60 playoff teams since ’08 won 2+ (77%).
— Phil Savage (@SeniorBowlPhil) August 16, 2013