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NFL preseason standings 2014: Baltimore Ravens, Minnesota Vikings look good

Is running back Ray Rice ready to return to form with the Baltimore Ravens in 2014?
Is running back Ray Rice ready to return to form with the Baltimore Ravens in 2014?
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NFL preseason standings for 2014 provide an interesting look at how teams are shaping up. Though the NFL preseason is basically a glorified practice session, it can still show which direction certain teams are trending. As of Monday (Aug. 25), several teams have gotten off to slow starts that have fans and analysts discussing whether these red flags mean anything. On the opposite side of that, some teams are off to really hot starts, giving fans a lot of optimism as Week 1 of the regular season draws closer.

At the top of the heap, the New York Giants are 4-0 this preseason. Remarkably, the team has only out-scored its opponents by 20 points total (99-79), showing how close their games have been. The New Orleans Saints, Minnesota Vikings, and Baltimore Ravens are each 3-0 at this point. The defending AFC champion Denver Broncos are 2-1 and have out-scored their opponents 72-34. The defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks are also 2-1 and have out-scored their opponents 91-41. That one loss for the Seahawks came to the Broncos in Week 1 of the preseason.

At the opposite end of the 2014 NFL preseason standings are a few teams not living up to expectations. The Dallas Cowboys, Indianapolis Colts, and Cleveland Browns are all 0-3 so far. The Cowboys and Colts have big postseason hopes, while the Browns are still trying to figure out what role Johnny Manziel is going to play. It’s also noteworthy that the 1-2 San Francisco 49ers have scored just 24 points total. An important question is whether this all means anything and one answer is that last season the Seahawks went undefeated at 4-0.