5 NFL Preseason Games That Are Not to Be Missed

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Source: Elvert Barnes, Flickr

Source: Elvert Barnes, Flickr

Now that the NFL has officially released the preseason schedule for 2014, it’s time to start separating the wheat from the chaff. Not all football games are created equal, obviously, and never is that more true than in the preseason when the bad teams stay bad and the good teams play bad players. At least, it can sometimes feel that way when the game gets exceptionally sloppy as these can and tend to — after all, the takeaways are rarely reflected in the final score.

Watching the preseason, which begins on August 3, at the height of lack-of-football induced depravity, is a necessary evil. It’s like caring for a relative you can’t particularly stand, something done out of duty, compassion, and the simple fact that by the time the games actually roll around, it’s been almost six months since the Super Bowl. Imagine being unable to order your favorite food for half a year and suddenly coming across a fast-food joint that sells a quick and dirty facsimile.

You’re getting the food. You’re watching the preseason games. But just like too much fast food is bad for you, there’s a pile of preseason games to chose from, and there’s only so much that can be taken in healthily. Here are the seven games that should make for great viewing — aside from all the games featuring your favorite team, of course.

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