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Pats could help open New Meadowlands

Posted by Albert Breer  March 16, 2010 10:12 AM

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There's plenty of reason to believe that the Patriots are already in consideration to be play on one special day in 2010.

How about another?

Now that CoinFlipGate (and the Giants' and Jets' back-and-forth tweaking of one another) seems to be over (for now), the league is setting up to have Big Blue open the stadium on Sunday, Sept. 12, with the Green opening their season on the same turf that Monday night, Sept. 13. So the Jets need an opponent, and if the league really wants to placate Woody Johnson and Co., they'll give them the highest-profile foe possible. The Vikings and Packers would bring juice (imagine Brett Favre playing against the Jets to open the stadium), but neither could really get the home folks going like a visit from the hated Patriots would.

The league has had a habit of putting one marquee team in those opening-weekend games, with a lower-profile opponent opposite them (Patriots-Bills, Chargers-Raiders were last year's Week 1 MNFers). But they did put Vikings-Packers in one of those slots two years ago, and another pattern here is that they're almost always inter-division games.

So how about it? Here's guessing Bill Belichick would love to go back to his old stomping grounds, cut the ribbon and shove it right down the Jets' throats. Remember, the Old Meadowlands were where he spent his formative years.

"Those were great years in my career," Belichick said, before heading to the old place for the final time, in September. "I’ll never forget those and we had a lot of success and I was fortunate to be with a lot of great people, players, coaches. The Mara family – Wellington of course, [who] owned the team. It was a tremendous experience for me. That time did as much for my career … Every year’s important, but that string of years together – it was awesome. It was hard to leave. It was hard to leave."

Let's just say those warm feelings Bill's got for the Giants probably don't extend to their co-tenants. And that's all the more reason for the league to line this one up.
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