Most believe that a meaningless 6-3 game in which many of the marquee players sat out – and the few that didn’t played in less than 50% of the game – is a great example of how NFL fans are getting ripped off being forced to pay full price for preseason games. I would concur. The Giants outscored the Patriots 6-3, but the winners were the punters – Zoltan Mesko for New England and Steve Weatherford for New York – who each got to display their punting abilities with 9 punts each (46.8 avg for Mesko with 6 inside the 20, 52.0 avg for Weatherford with 2 inside the 20).
The Giants did get 5 sacks, which helped limit the Pats’ 3rd down conversions to just 4 in 16 attempts.
New England RB Jeff Demps had an MRI on his leg that came back negative after another intriguing display (6 carries, 15 yards; 3 receptions, 31 yards; 4 punt returns, 49 yards; 1 kick return, 19 yards).
The Patriots start their season a week from Sunday at LP Field in Tennessee. They prepare for that match-up possibly needing some help on the offensive line, and they are on the wrong end of the waiver wire, being the 31st priority.
Already making some big name cuts in DL Jonathan Fanene and WR Jabar Gaffney, New England – like New York – needs to get down to a 53-man roster by Saturday.
Game 1 for the Giants is hosting the Dallas Cowboys and their new-look defense on Wednesday.
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