Have you been sitting on your ass at home sweating your team’s preseason performance? Are you a Lions fan and a complete mess because your first-team offense can’t score a touchdown on the Browns?
Calm down, chief.
Over the previous 10 seasons, only one-third of the teams that claimed playoff spots, 40 of 120, had winning preseason records. Twenty-nine of them actually posted losing preseason marks. Just four of the past 10 Super Bowl champions rang up winning preseason records. Since the start of the ‘03 campaign, there have been 18 franchises with perfect preseason records and their regular-season records in those years was just a cumulative 139-149. The lone team to have a perfect preseason record the last 10 years and win the Super Bowl the same year was New England in 2003. In 2008, Detroit was 4-0 during the exhibition slate and then became the only 0-16 team in NFL history during the regular season.
In other words, shut off your TV and wait until September to give yourself a heart attack.