The New England Patriots are just a few steps down the long road back to the Super Bowl.
Despite a painful ending to last year's season, in which the Pats lost in the waning minutes of the title game, most fans can't wait for the season to start. That's because this year's team is equipped with an offense that can attack all three levels of an opposing defense, and a young D that already looks tougher and more aggressive than last year's edition.
While Pats fans wait anxiously for the September 9th opener against the Tennessee Titans, they'll have plenty of opportunities to evaluate their team's roster in the coming weeks with the Patriots' two remaining preseason games.
Fans should have their eyes on one matchup in particular: the final preseason dust-up between the Pats and the defending champion New York Giants.
While it's true that the preseason has little predictive power in terms of regular-season success, let's take a look at three reasons why Pats fan should keep a close eye on the preseason closer against the "Football" Giants.