Setting the scene: Patriots conclude preseason against Giants
|08.29.13 at 5:02 pm ET|
FOXBORO — For the ninth straight year, the Patriots and Giants will conclude their respective preseason schedules against one another. This is the 23rd time the two teams are meeting in the preseason.
It will be a damp, cool and occasionally windy night, pleasant and comfortable night with a stiff breeze out of the north at about 10 MPH for the 7:30 p.m. kickoff. Temperatures are expected to hover around 60 degrees with a slight chance of rain early before giving way to mostly clear skies for most of the game.
Their are several areas for Patriots fans to keep a watch out for as Chris Price outlined. How much, if at all, will Tom Brady play? It’s likely that he starts the game if for no other reason than to build up his rhythm with Danny Amendola, who missed the game in Detroit with an unspecified injury.
While there has been much concern over the Patriots passing game coming into preseason, two of the main components have been among the NFL’s best this August.
Brady has a rating of 106.0 and has passed for 357 yards. He started the preseason by completing 18-of-20 passes over the first two games, with two touchdowns and no interceptions. He and his numbers took a hit in Detroit as he was 16-of-24 with no touchdowns and an interception.
Standout rookie Kenbrell Thompkins has been clutch throughout the preseason. Last week, he was second among all NFL receivers in preseason receiving yards with 116 on eight catches. He has caught 13 passes for 142 yards in three preseason games, good for a 10.9 yards per catch average.
For the Giants, David Wilson was fourth among all rushers last week, going for 92 yards on five carries against the Jets in the “Snoopy Bowl” – including an 84-yard gallop to the house.
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