Even when Patriots coach Bill Belichick said it Thursday afternoon — and it was broadcast to the greater New York area — the announcement was still met with skepticism.

The starters? Really? In the fourth preseason game?

Tom Brady started and played the first two series of the game, completing 4-of-8 passes for 51 yards with a touchdown and an interception, as the Patriots lost their preseason finale to the Giants, 20-17, at the New Meadowlands Stadium Thursday night. 


Bill Belichick told New York radio station WFAN that Patriots starters are expected to play in the preseason finale vs. the Giants on Thursday night. It is not known if all starters will play or for how many series. 


If Tom Brady does in fact play on Thursday it will be the first time since 2003 that he will take snaps in a preseason finale.


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Joining Dale Arnold and Christopher Price on the Dale & Holley Show Thursday afternoon was ESPN analyst Ron Jaworski, who said he was very optimistic regarding the Patriots' offense. The former NFL quarterback cited the Pats' drafting of tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez as big reasons for his analysis, saying the presence of more tight end targets for quarterback Tom Brady between the hash marks will open up the entire field.


"I think this offense can be as dynamic as any offense in the NFL," Jaworski said. 


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If you need a snapshot of what most preseason finales are all about, consider this scene from a fourth preseason game few years back: Before the kickoff, the Patriots captains walked to midfield for the coin toss, a group that included veteran linebacker

Chad Ochocinco has never been the shy, retiring type, and what he says he has planned for the regular-season opener against the Patriots is no exception.

Ochocinco said Tuesday on Twitter that if he scores a touchdown against the Patriots on Sept. 12 at Gillette Stadium, he's going to take one of the muskets from the Minutemen — who traditionally stand in the end zone each game and fire their muskets after each New England touchdown — and fire it, "as they do when the [Patriots] score" he wrote.

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The NFL is looking into a sexually explicit video of Patriots rookie linebacker Brandon Spikes and a woman that has been posted on the Internet, according to ESPN. The video was posted earlier this week, and in an e-mail to WEEI.com on Tuesday, Spikes’ agent, Terry Watson, indicated that the rookie out of Florida is looking to move past the incident. “Brandon is showing himself to be a high-character guy in the Boston community and has the promise of being a very good player,” wrote Watson.

The Patriots made five roster moves on Tuesday evening — they have placed defensive backs Josh Barrett, Leigh Bodden and Brett Lockett and defensive lineman Darryl Richard on injured reserve and released defensive back Terrence Johnson. For more on the Patriots, check out weei.com.