In the NFL, the results of preseason games are generally discarded as meaningless, and for good reason. In a study published in the Journal of Sports Economics by economists Nancy Ammon Jianakoplos and Martin Shields of Colorado State University, there was little to no correlation discovered between a team's preseason wins, and its regular season results.
Our main finding is that, although we confirm the significance of preseason winning as a predictor of regular season winning previously found in the 1970-1991 period, we are unable to find any statistical evidence that preseason winning percentage or winning the third game of the preseason provides any preview of NFL team performance in the regular season in the most recent 2002-2010 seasons.
Let that sink in for a second.
While examining cold, hard facts, experts basically came out and publicly said the results of the games are meaningless and should not in any way be relied upon to provide a barometer in which to measure the talent level of a specific team.
However, with that said, football is a game built on pride. Obviously, no team is going to win the Super Bowl in the preseason, but it doesn't mean they went out there to get stomped out in front of thousands of people either.
All things considered, here are three teams that could use a win in their second preseason matchup.
After collapsing down the stretch in 2011 and missing the playoffs, the New York Jets had a tumultuous offseason to say the least. The acquisition of Tim Tebow from the Denver Broncos created an almost unnecessary quarterback controversy that has played out publicly in the New York media.
Furthermore, the Jets had a rough go of it in their first preseason matchup. Not only did the offense look stagnant, but both Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow demonstrated their inabilities to consistently move the ball down the field. The offensive line was also dismal, allowing Sanchez to get sacked twice on only eight passing attempts.
In short, the Jets just need something good to happen to them. The entire organization has demonstrated its inability to run itself effectively, and the team has was a near embarrassment at the end of their 2011 campaign. Getting back on the winning side of things would be a breath of fresh air for players, coaches, and fans alike.
After resigning Matt Forte, trading for Brandon Marshall and drafting Alshon Jeffrey, the Chicago Bears put themselves in the spotlight for the entire 2012 campaign. However, the team went out and scored just three points in their first outing, while giving up 31. Granted, Forte missed the opener, but the Bears showcased little depth throughout the game.
With the new blood on the roster, this team does not want to develop a culture of losing right off the bat. While the Bears would obviously survive a loss in Week two, they could use a win to help build camaraderie within the locker room.
Whether fans like it or not, he Miami Dolphins appearance on Hard Knocks has put them in the national spotlight for good this season. Instead of just flying under the radar like they most likely would have, everything each player and coach does is being recorded on camera and broadcast to the nation.
Last week, Miami dropped a dud in their preseason opener. With that, the starting offense looked stagnant, and Matt Moore appeared primed to hand over his starting job to Ryan Tannehill. This, along with the Chad Johnson incident, and Davis Garrard's knee injury have constituted a disappointing training camp in Miami. A win could go a long way in turning things around.