Five things we like about the New England Patriots' preseason slate:
1. A win for fans. With the home games coming in Weeks 2 and 3, it gives fans the best chance to see top players for the longest time. Add in likely joint practices in Foxborough with the Philadelphia Eagles prior to the Week 2 matchup, and that's the highlight of what was announced today.
2. Different types of defenses. From a coaching perspective, it will be solid to get a look at different defensive schemes, as the Washington Redskins and Eagles could be defined as 3-4 schemes with multiple principles, while the Panthers are more of a pure 4-3. Good exposure for the Patriots' offense to different looks with the regular season in mind.
3. DeSean Jackson versus Darrelle Revis in debut. As colleague Field Yates noted on Twitter, a first preseason game featuring Jackson (Redskins) and Revis (Patriots) in their first games with new teams adds a fun twist. The Patriots and Redskins have met 20 times in the preseason, with only the Giants (23) and Eagles (21) a more frequent opponent.
4. Work against the mobile quarterback. With Robert Griffin III (Redskins) for what would likely be a few series in Week 1, and Cam Newton (Panthers) for potentially extended action in Week 3 assuming good health, the Patriots will get good work against mobile quarterbacks.
5. Capping it off with Giants again. This will mark the 10th straight year the Patriots and Giants meet in the preseason finale. From the light-hearted department, on a week like this, we might say, "A tradition unlike any other!"