Preseason Preview: Giants at New England

The Patriots play the New York Giants tonight at Gillette Stadium. It is the last preseason game of the year before the final round of roster cuts are due.

New York Giants at New England Patriots
Thursday, August 30, 2007, 7:30pm (EDT)

TV: Regional (WCVB in the Boston area)

Series: New England leads 4-3 (regular season); N.Y. Giants lead 10-6 (preseason)

Last meeting: Giants 23, Patriots 21 (8/31/06, preseason); Patriots 17-6 (10/12/03, regular season)

Last week: New England 24, Carolina 7; N.Y. Jets 20, N.Y. Giants 12

Notes: This is the third straight year the Patriots and Giants meet in the preseason finale…the two teams will square off in New Jersey in this year's season finale…the Week 17 meeting between the two teams will be just their 8th regular season meeting, while they meet for the 17th time in the preseason…Patriots head coach Bill Belichick spent 12 seasons on the Giants' coaching staff, and was the team's defensive coordinator for their victories in Super Bowls XXI and XXV.

The Patriots close out the preseason against the New York Giants for the third straight year. And they'll get reacquainted 17 weeks from now.

What's the goal of the final preseason game? Make the final decisions on roster moves and make sure no one gets hurt. To accomplish the second goal, the starters should end up playing no more than one series. Quarterback Tom Brady hasn't even played in the final preseason game in each of the last three seasons.

With twenty-two players to be cut between now and Saturday, playing time in tonight's game could be an indication of whether or not guys will make the team. If your favorite player is on the bubble, isn't hurt, and doesn't take the field tonight, you'd better find another jersey to wear on Sunday afternoon. On the other hand, if your guy plays -- and plays well -- you should feel good about his chances.

The roster will be cut to 53 on Saturday in preparation for the Patriots' season opener in the Meadowlands against their AFC East rival, the New York Jets. Tonight's tuneup against the Jets' stadium roommates will be the end of the line for some players, and the final action before the games that count begin for everyone else.


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