The Aftermath: Patriots vs Giants

In a topsy-turvy preseason, the Patriots last game before starting the regular season didn’t disappoint for ups and downs. While the starters only played about a quarter, a lot could be learned from the action.

What’s going well for New England? The Patriots are going to score some points. Whether it comes through the air to the awaiting hands of red-zone beast Rob Gronkowski, or from the feet of whichever running back is currently in favor, there will be points.

Just how many will be determined by how well the offensive line performs without Logan Mankins and Nick Kaczur.  Rich Ohrnberger looked decent, but not dominant in the place of Stephen Neal, while Dan Connolly has been solid all year.

On the other hand, unless Matt Patricia and company have been holding out on us (which would NEVER happen during preseason…), the Patriots aren’t going to be a dominant defense in 2010.

The defensive line is too thin, and the linebackers still haven’t shown that they can put consistent pressure on the opposing quarterback. Rob Ninkovich did get to Rhett Bomar a couple of times, although he was working against 2nd and 3rd teamers.

Although the Pats did give up some chunks in the passing game, most of the yards were gained underneath by tight ends and running backs.  Devin McCourty and Darius Butler both played well against the Giants.

Patriot coaches will be evaluating the tape from the preseason for the next two days; rosters need to be cut down to 53 players on September 4th.


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