Maybe the Patriots
should re-think what their objectives are in the pre-season. Look at the 2012 schedule with current power rankings in parentheses - New Orleans (13), Philadelphia (7), NY Giants
(1) and Tampa Bay (24) -- so theres a high probability that 3 of those teams wil be contending for a berth in the SB. The thing is, I've always believed that the Giants seeing the Patriots 2x during the course of the season prior to their last 2 Superbowls helped the Giants more than it helped the Patriots. I'll concede they were the better team, but there were also no surprises by the time the teams got to the Superbowl. They knew the Pats strengths and weaknesses, preferred game tempo, formations. The Pats won a lot of games last year by overwhelming teams with their style of play. Opponents frequently said, 'you see it on tape, but you just don't realize how fast they play until you're on the field'.
Anyway, I would ditch the Giants totally, play the Rams
or the Vikings
, maybe Carolina or Arizona. Mix it up - play weaker teams not on your upcoming schedule that have slim prospects of making the play-offs. You will still get to see your own prospects perform against solid competition, but you won't be opening the kimono to teams you might face down the road in the Superbowl.
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