Last Saturday, Andy Reid notched the first Kansas City Chiefs victory under his plus-sized belt.
The red-and-yellow-clad visitors surpassed a 10-point deficit en route to 26-20 comeback in the form of an overtime thriller.
OK, let's come clean. The only "thrilling" aspect of preseason overtime is the final play. Not because edge-of-your-seat excitement is rewarded with a euphoric finale or gut-wrenching climax, but because your eyes are no longer held hostage by the prolonged torture known as preseason football.
The coaches want the W for positive reinforcement: Victories prove that if players buy into the coaching philosophy, the coaching philosophy pays dividends.
Athletes chase wins because weekly bragging rights stroke their competitive egos and warrant every bead of sweat dripped onto the practice field.
But from the outside looking in? This time of year is borderline masochistic for NFL fans.
Preseason games are akin to McDonald's Monopoly: Every year, enthusiasts are giddy with anticipation at the start, but in the end, you never win anything of value and are left sulking in disappointment with a barbecue-stained shirt (at Arrowhead, at least).
All of that being said—or spewed—the preseason does serve a purpose. It's a teaser trailer that gauges expectations for the final product. Three weeks of exhibitions have revealed eight clues about the 2013 Kansas City Chiefs.
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