After six long months of waiting, it's finally time to drop "pre" from the word "season" and joyfully place the word "regular" there instead.
After months of free agency, draft talk, rookie camps, OTAs, minicamps and training camps, NFL teams have gone through their preseason paces. Playtime is over! From here on out, everything counts.
Preseason isn't just for funsies, though.
There's a reason NFL teams go through four preseason games. Not only is it crucial to see all their new starters playing together as a unit and evaluate the backups and special-teamers, playing in an actual game is just different. Seeing how players respond to game situations is something no amount of practice can simulate.
After four weeks of preseason games (and the opening Hall of Fame Game), NFL fans and media have a much better idea of what this regular season holds than they did in July.
Following a month of exhibition action, whose stock is up and whose is down?