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Status quo holds in final week of preseason

Rob Chudzinski AP

If you like predictability, the final week of the NFL preseason is made for you.

With the regular season beginning the following week, teams usually elect to frequently play backups in the final preseason tune-up. The games regularly pit lineups composed of players trying to make clubs.

There’s something else that can add to the predictability of the final week of the preseason: clubs schedule their own opponents.

This has led to certain teams facing off year after year in the final week of the summer slate. One example: Chicago and Cleveland will meet in the final preseason game for the 10th consecutive year, as the Bears’ Twitter account noted Wednesday.

Chicago and Cleveland aren’t the only teams once again pairing off in the final week. Indeed, the last week of the preseason predominately features the same matchups as a season ago, with 13 of the 16 games pitting the same teams that met in the preseason finale in 2012. Only the Dolphins, Cowboys, Saints, Titans, Vikings and Texans will play different teams in their preseason finales.

Other clubs who have routinely met in the final preseason week are the Patriots and Giants, the Colts and Bengals and the Panthers and Steelers. And yes, all of these matchups occur again in late August. It’s logical to suspect geography could lend itself to these annual meetings; the proximity of Chicago and Cleveland has been a factor in Browns-Bears becoming a late-summer staple, as ESPN Cleveland’s Tony Grossi pointed out last year.

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11 Responses to “Status quo holds in final week of preseason”
  1. ottawabrave91 says: Apr 4, 2013 6:12 PM

    haven’t the chiefs and packers played each other in the final preseason game a few years in a row? or am I dead wrong

  2. Chin35char says: Apr 4, 2013 6:16 PM

    Eagles and Jets every year too

  3. nineroutsider says: Apr 4, 2013 6:20 PM

    If you want to enjoy a very unpredictable situation, which is always fun from time-to-time, may I kindly suggest that the league reschedules the 9ers/Raiders for preseason week 4.

  4. crisper57 says: Apr 4, 2013 6:33 PM

    Broncos and Cardinals are almost always a given too.

  5. bucrightoff says: Apr 4, 2013 7:08 PM

    Bucs have played the Redskins, Dolphins and Patriots 3 straight preseasons in a row.

  6. bucrightoff says: Apr 4, 2013 7:16 PM

    Me spell English? That’s umpossible!

  7. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Apr 4, 2013 7:29 PM

    The starters won’t play in the final preseason game anyway and it makes sense that they schedule final preseason games requiring minimal travel. Why make that west coast to east coast trip for a lousy preseason game?

  8. xxxfixxxerxxx says: Apr 4, 2013 7:46 PM

    Bills – Lions too

  9. murphintampa says: Apr 4, 2013 7:46 PM

    Another predictable element of final preseason week: no nationally televised games. After about 15 national games in the preceding weeks. Has anyone ever asked Rog about this? Maybe he’d admit that these games are useless, but then he’d have to answer the follow up question about charging regular season prices for them.

  10. DonRSD says: Apr 4, 2013 9:00 PM

    It’s not that people don’t like the preseason, it’s that nobody likes paying regular price for a preseason game.

    My thinking…..
    All lower bowl seats = $20
    All upper bowl seats = $10

  11. bears354 says: Apr 5, 2013 12:41 AM

    I live in NE Ohio so I think it’s pretty cool that the Bears and Browns play in the preseason every year. Get to talk trash with my family. Even if it is only a worthless preseason game.

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