Every year, we hear that the NFL owners want to expand to 18 games because of the poor level of competition and below average attendance. Most media seem to mock the preseason as well. I have a simple way of improving both so that we fans can continue to enjoy the 16 game experience (that the players also support)
If you go 4-0, you receive a fourth round compensation pick in the following year's draft.
If you go 3-1, you receive a seventh round compensation pick, unless you already are awarded one.
This would give teams something to play for even if they open the season 1-1. Sure, a 7th round pick isn't much but a 4th rounder could turn into a starter.