The NFL will kick off its regular season in exactly one week, but the Patriots still have one more exhibition to complete before the games are meaningful again.
New England will host the New York Giants in the two teams’ ninth straight meeting in the preseason and 23d overall. The Giants hold the edge in their preseason history, leading the series 14-8. New York has won the last three games, including last season’s snoozer, a 6-3 loss for the Patriots.
Both franchises are expected to give their starters some playing time ahead of their regular season openers.
The Patriots are coming off an embarrassing 40-9 defeat to the Detroit Lions and will likely be looking for a chance for a more productive tuneup before facing the Buffalo Bills in Week 1.
The Giants are coming off a 24-21 loss to the New York Jets.
Here are the details for Thursday night’s game:
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.
Preseason records: Patriots 2-1; Giants 1-2.
TV/radio: WBZ-TV/Patriots Preseason Television Network/NFL Network (Dan Roche, Christian Fauria, Matt Chatham, Steve Burton, Paul Perillo, Andy Hart); 98.5-FM The Sports Hub (Bob Socci, Scott Zolak).
Projected starting lineups:
Based on information distributed to the media, practice observations, and injuries for each team.
Patriots offense: WR Danny Amendola, LT Nate Solder, LG Logan Mankins, C Ryan Wendell, RG Will Svitek, RT Sebastian Vollmer, TE Jake Ballard, WR Kenbrell Thompkins, QB Tom Brady, RB Stevan Ridley, TE Zach Sudfeld.
Patriots defense: NT Vince Wilfork, DT Tommy Kelly, DE Chandler Jones, DE Rob Ninkovich, LB Dont’a Hightower, LB Jerod Mayo, LB Brandon Spikes, CB Aqib Talib, CB Kyle Arrington, S Devin McCourty, S Adrian Wilson.
Giants offense: WR Hakeem Nicks, LT Will Beatty, LG Kevin Boothe, C Jim Cordle, RG Chris Snee, RT Justin Pugh, TE Brandon Myers, WR Louis Murphy, QB Eli Manning, FB Bear Pascoe.
Giants defense: DE Justin Tuck, DT Linval Joseph, DT Cullen Jenkins, DE Jason Pierre-Paul, SLB Keith Rivers, MLB Dan Connor, WLB Spencer Paysinger, LCB Corey Webster, SS Antrel Rolle, FS Ryan Mundy, RCB Prince Amukamara.
Read this, watch that
– Ben Volin has five things to watch in tonight’s game.
– Patriots, Giants could get meaningful snaps.
– Watch: Volin on whether Tim Tebow makes the roster and tonight’s game
– Boston.com’s live game blog will feature updates, photos and your chance to discuss the game. It kicks off around 6 p.m.
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