Belichick: Preseason tilt with Giants will be 'different'


Belichick: Preseason tilt with Giants will be 'different'

By Danny Picard Staff Reporter Follow @dannypicard
FOXBORO -- The Patriots play their final preseason game on Thursdaynight, at Gillette Stadium against the New York Giants.

Typically, a final preseason tune-up is no different yearafter year. But on Thursday night, Patriots coach Bill Belichick believes thisone wont be as normal as the rest, mainly because it wont be the last timethey see the Giants this year.

New York comes back to Gillette Stadium in Week 9 of theregular season, on Sunday, Nov. 6.

Well, the only thing about this game is, were going toplay them again, said Belichick on Tuesday. So, its a little different thana preseason game where you dont plan on seeing that team again.

I think we can get something out of our preparations forthe game, as a coaching staff, and as individually for the players and thematchups and so forth, and just get familiar with the team. I think any timeyou play them the second time, you just have a little bit of a head start onthat team."

Belichick added: Theres certainly a lot to take from that, and I think thatwill help us the next time we play them.

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Blount, Edelman, Gronkowski each fined $9,115 for actions in Bengals game


Blount, Edelman, Gronkowski each fined $9,115 for actions in Bengals game

Patriots LeGarrette Blount, Julian Edelman and Rob Gronkowski were each fined $9,115 by the NFL for their actions in the game against the Cincinnati Bengals, won by New England 35-17 on Sunday in Foxboro.

The fines were first reported by ESPN’s Mike Reiss. 

Earlier this week, Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict was fined $75,000 by the NFL for stomping on Blount after Blount’s touchdown late in the game. Gronkowski was given a 15-yard taunting penalty for his altercation with Burfict earlier in the game. 

Blount's fine was for unnecessary roughness and Edelman's was a result of a facemask penalty. 

Burfict was not fined for what appeared to be an intentional dive at the legs of Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett earlier in the game. 

Bengals cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick was earlier fined $9,115 by the league for his unnecessary roughness against the Patriots.