Local TV: WNBC 4 NY - Bob Papa, Carl Banks and Howard Cross (field reporter)
National TV: NFL Network Kevin Harlan, Mike Mayock and Kim Jones (field reporter)
Radio: WCBS AM 880 Chris Carrino and Roman Oben
Last Week: The Giants lost to the Bears at home, 20-17, while the Pats were bested by the Bucs in Tampa, 30-28.
The marquee might say "Patriots at Giants" but this game is far from a rematch of Super Bowl XLVI. The two sides will spend most of this final preseason game figuring out the back ends of their rosters. The Giants, by virtue of being Super Bowl champions, have to play a real game in a week. The Pats will have 10 days off.
“There’s going to be ample playing time for a lot of people who are in position to prove whether or not they can help us,” says Giants head coach Tom Coughlin. “They can show us if we can utilize their skill level. They have an opportunity against another good opponent to prove this and there’s going to be a lot of playing time. There will be opportunities for them to truly prove they can contribute, whether they’re young, they’re rookies or whatever their status is. We’re always looking and evaluating.”
The Patriots have retooled their roster with another strong draft and several free agent signings. Head coach Bill Belichick downplays the preseason, but he always plays to win.
“We’re just trying to get ready for the Giants, evaluate our players and get ready for the roster cuts,” says Belichick. “We have a lot of balls in the air right now and a lot of work to do over the next couple of days. With the preseason, there are a lot of things we can learn from and we can do a better job in a lot of areas. There are a lot of things going on here, a lot of things to work on, and we’ll just keep chugging away.”
Notes: The Patriots and Giants have met 21 times in preseason with the Giants winning 13. The Patriots have won five of the nine regular season meetings, including four straight since 1996. The Giants, as we all know, hold a 2-0 postseason edge winning Super Bowls XLII and XLVI over the Pats.
Thirty-five of the 46 Super Bowl champions (76.1 percent) finished the preseason with a winning percentage of at least .500. Since 2000, the 12 Super Bowl champions have combined for a 30-18 (.625) preseason record during their championship seasons.
Tom Coughlin leads the regular season series against Bill Belichick, 3-1, and leads the postseason series, 2-0, with victories in Super Bowls XLII and XLVI. Coughlin ranks third among current NFL head coaches with 154 total victories, trailing only Belichick (194) and Mike Shanahan (165). Coughlin (12) and Belichick (17) are the only two active coaches with at least 12 postseason victories.
Stats, quotes courtesy NFL Media, Giants and Pats communications depts