Preparation is critical in the NFL

NFL teams have a number of goals they want to achieve in the weeks prior to the start of the regular season, writes Floyd Reese.

Originally Published: August 14, 2007
By Floyd Reese | ESPN.com

During the regular season, winning is the only thing that matters. In the preseason, however, a team's win-loss record is less of an issue. Success is measured in various other ways. With the first weekend of the 2007 preseason completed, now is the best time to discuss exactly what teams want to achieve in the weeks prior to the season opener.

Maintain health: Preseason injuries are the most frustrating of all. When a key player is lost, the team suffers tremendously. Regardless of its record, ...

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