I don't usually put a lot of stock in preseason games, especially since an overarching goal is to keep the team healthy.
But this year is a little different, if you haven't noticed.
In the course of two weeks, most teams are going to undergo a rapid transformation as they add and lose free agents and somehow try to put together a cohesive unit for the first preseason games starting August 11 through August 15.
Since the lockout has caused the cancellation of the Hall of Fame game between the Chicago Bears and St. Louis Rams, there will only be a total of 64 preseason games.
In this article, I will outline the games that will be most worth watching.
But before getting to that, understand the following: Most of these games will be brutal to watch, especially ones that are played in the first and fourth week.
Remember, there have been no OTA's (Organized Team Activities) or mini-camps. The NFL will open for business sometime this week, and teams will have approximately two weeks to get ready. Draft picks have not been signed and free agents have not been acquired.
So, in Week 1, expect somewhat of a facsimile of your team's roster from last season, of course missing players that have departed. Some of a team's new additions probably won't be ready to contribute until week two or later.
As for Week 4 of the preseason, most of you already know that NFL teams really don't like to play their starters much or even at all in that final game to avoid risking an injury. This lockout may change that somewhat, but your marquee players will probably still only make a cameo appearance.
So, what games will be worth watching???