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Human Nature
By Dennis Ranahan

Teams best utilizing the preseason have two main goals … determining their opening day roster and getting their team in sync with the offensive and defensive game plans.

When the regular season stats next month all that really matters is who wins and who doesn’t … but those that are successful are those teams and organizations that continue to focus on the basics. As one coach told me when I was working with the Raiders, “Coaches that only think about winning are often the same ones that miss the steps that generate wins. Winning is the hard work, angles for the defense and precision for the offense … and neither of those objectives are accomplished by worrying about winning or losing but rather through preparation and execution.”

That explanation of what it takes to win was delivered to me by Tom Flores, who at the time was the Raiders receivers coach and went on to twice lead the Silver and Black to Super Bowl triumphs as the team's’ head coach. What he was teaching me, just as he inspired his players, was that winning doesn’t come from wanting it, winning comes from doing the work necessary to achieve it. That lesson is applicable to all human endeavor.

Today, 18 National Football League teams will take the field for preseason games and the best of them will be working on what counts and some of them will want to win more than others.

Why?


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Human Nature Headline Play Preseason 2
Stat Wins Headline Play Preseason 2
Practice, Practice, Practice Headline Play Preseason 2
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Take Two Headline Play Preseason 1
Expectations Headline Play Preseason 1
GameDay Gameday Preseason 1
Honest Coaches Headline Play Preseason 1
Money Plays Headline Play Preseason 1
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Denver Broncos 2-0
Detroit Lions 2-0
Green Bay Packers 2-0
Los Angeles Rams 2-0
Baltimore Ravens 2-0
Seattle Seahawks 2-0
RAVENS 31 - DOLPHINS 7
RAVENS WIN +2.5 / OVER 37.5
AT

BILLS 16 - EAGLES 20
EAGLES WIN -3 / UNDER 38.5
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BUCCANEERS 12 - JAGUARS 8
BUCCANEERS WIN -2.5 / UNDER 40
AT

VIKINGS 13 - SEAHAWKS 20
SEAHAWKS WIN -3.5 / UNDER 40
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PANTHERS 27 - TITANS 34
TITANS WIN -3.5 / OVER 40
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CHIEFS 30 - BENGALS 12
CHIEFS WIN -2.5 / OVER 40
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COLTS 19 - COWBOYS 24
COLTS WIN +5.5 / OVER 38.5
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JETS 6 - LIONS 16
LIONS WIN -4.5 / UNDER 37.5
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PACKERS 21 - REDSKINS 17
PACKERS WIN +3 / UNDER 40
AT

PATRIOTS 23 - TEXANS 27
TEXANS WIN pk / OVER 41.5
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BRONCOS 33 - 49ERS 14
BRONCOS WIN +3 / OVER 39.5
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RAMS 24 - RAIDERS 21
RAMS WIN +3 / OVER 40.5
AT

BEARS 24 - CARDINALS 23
BEARS WIN +2.5 / OVER 40.5
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FALCONS - STEELERS
Sunday, August 20 - 1:00 PM
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SAINTS - CHARGERS
Sunday, August 20 - 5:00 PM
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GIANTS - BROWNS
Monday, August 21 - 5:00 PM
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San Francisco 49ers 0
Chicago Bears 0
Cincinnati Bengals 0
Buffalo Bills 0
Denver Broncos 0
Cleveland Browns 0
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Cause and effect.

It is not always what most people think. But it is consistent. On the other side of something happening, a cause can always be identified as if it was in the shine of a spotlight on an otherwise pitch black moonless night.

Often, affect hides the cause behind public sentiment.

Public opinion is swayed by bits and pieces of information that are assigned significance in an assortment of ways … none necessarily tethered to something that truly drives predictable results.

Going in, likely; coming out, certainty.

Even a contest yet to be decided that has a 99% probability of favoring one side in a two team race fails to offer an ironclad guarantee, but after a game is over one side is the 100% winner and the other a zero.

Certainty is only provided after a contest is decided.

The cause of something is most often tied to the need to perform at a higher level than recent outings. When a team in that sphere meets a team that has run a winning streak to it’s limits, an opportunity to cash a proposition most often comes with points on the spread.