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Patriots vs Giants Preseason Preview

For the past six seasons the Giants and Patriots have ended their preseason schedules with a battle against each other.

Maybe that has to do with the ties between the teams (Bill Belichick spent 12 years on the New York Giants staff before becoming a ‘genius’ in New England). Maybe it's geographical proximity or the fact that non-conference battles are preferred in the preseason so you don’t risk giving away secrets for the regular season.

Whatever the case, for the past five seasons, the home team has won the meeting SU. But before you use this semi-interesting stat to go throw money behind the Patriots at -8 at Bovada today, be aware that the money has been split 2-2-1 against the spread.

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“I don’t like laying a lot of points in the preseason, especially on a public team like the Patriots, but I am tonight,” admitted Mike Pickett.

“The Patrots got whupped last week by the Lions and we suspect that Belichick will tinker more with his lineup and give starters a longer look to make sure that loss was an aberration and not a trend.”

Whether than means Tom Brady and the first team play a quarter or longer remains to be seen. Regardless, the Giants face a trickier scenario because of their recent schedule and the fact they lost several practice sessions due to Hurricane Irene.

For starters, the Giants played the Jets on Monday, losing 17-3 in a game where many starters played into the third quarter. Expecting them to turn around and play them hard less than three days later is unrealistic. [ Preseason NFL betting strategies – check out the tutorial ]

And coach Tom Coughlin has hinted Eli Manning might not play at all.

So while the game may get billed as a rematch of Super Bowl XLII, it’s more properly billed as a good chance for the Patriots to get back on track and for Patriots bettors to safely back their team at -8 points.