2015 NFL Preseason: Analysis Of The New England Patriots’ Schedule


Yesterday the NFL released the 2015 preseason schedule. The New England Patriots open at home against the Packers, then go on the road to face the Saints and Panthers, then return home for their traditional finale against the New York Giants.

Here is a quick analysis on each game:

Green Bay Packers

We probably will only get to see Aaron Rodgers and company for at the very most a quarter, but that quarter will definitely be interesting. Rodgers leads one of the most potent offensive attacks in the NFL, and after losing Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner this offseason, it will be fun to see how the new-look Pats secondary responds against an elite offense like Green Bay.

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New Orleans Saints

The Saints are a team in flux, and while they are still very capable of putting together a season that lands them in the playoffs, I doubt they will be contending for a Super Bowl anytime soon. The second game of the preseason usually includes the starters for a longer period than the first game, and as long as Drew Brees is on that roster, he will challenge any NFL secondary: this means another test for Devin McCourty‘s backfield.

Carolina Panthers

The third preseason game is the closest we’ll get to a dress-rehearsal for the regular season, and for the second consecutive season, the Pats’ third game is against the Carolina Panthers. Once again I like this matchup to test New England, as both the offensive and defensive line will be in for a physical encounter with the Panthers, and seeing where the trenches are at will be key going forward for this Patriots team.

New York Giants

This is the most meaningless game of the preseason, as the dress-rehearsal is over, and at this point, we just want to see some real football played. Tom Brady and the starters usually don’t play much, and the same can be said for Eli Manning and company. The Pats better save their beatdown for the Giants for the regular season.