5 Ways You Can Tell It's Still the NFL Preseason

You Know It's the NFL Preseason When...

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The NFL preseason isn't great. Fans like it because it signifies that the return of real football is right around the corner. Other than that, the action on the field is forgettable and it's flat out hard to get into games that don't count.

Tell us how you know it's still the preseason on Twitter with #YouKnowItsNFLPreseasonWhen. The best examples will be featured in an upcoming story.

5. Johnny Bench is the Lead Story

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5. Johnny Bench is the Lead Story

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For now, Johnny Manziel is the lead story. He's the 'it' guy in the NFL. But once the season gets going, and real football matters, Johnny will move back a couple places in line. People will still care, but they'll care less when the Browns are in last place and he's playing okay.

4. Adrian Peterson Is Standing on the Sidelines

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4. Adrian Peterson Is Standing on the Sidelines

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Peterson is a little too valuable to play in the preseason. He hasn't seen any action since 2011, and let's face it, he'll probably never play in the preseason again. Even the great AP only has so many miles, so why use them up in exhibition games?

3. Colt McCoy is Playing

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3. Colt McCoy is Playing

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A lot of people hoped that Colt McCoy wouldn't become another college star to hold a clipboard in the NFL. Unfortunately, McCoy has been holding a lot of clipboards thus far in his pro career. Who knows, if he keeps staying employed, maybe he'll finally get another shot someday?

2. Tony Romo Doesn't Have To Worry About the 4th Quarter

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2. Tony Romo Doesn't Have To Worry About the 4th Quarter

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This is the one time of year where the Cowboys can't really blow it in the fourth quarter. Tony Romo can put on his Starter hat and relax. But hey, give the Cowboys credit: they may lose a lot of games late, but at least they're in those games late. It could be worse.

1. The Denver Broncos Are Only Scoring 34 Points

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1. The Denver Broncos Are Only Scoring 34 Points

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You know it's the preseason when Peyton and the Broncos are only dropping 34 points. That's nothing for an offense that flies as high as some of the residents of Denver.