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Patriots in the Preseason

The Patriots have totaled a 76-107-1 (.416) preseason record, including last week's 13-10 victory over the Detroit Lions. The Patriots have finished four of the past six preseasons above .500, totaling a 14-11 mark (.560).

The Patriots improved their record to 2-0 this preseason, marking the first time they started a preseason with two consecutive wins since 1994. They finished that preseason 3-1.

When the Patriots start 2-0 in preseason

The Patriots have started the 2000 preseason with two straight victories. It is the seventh time they have accomplished the feat in their history. In three of the six seasons, they advanced to the playoffs.

**YEAR****PRE****REG****FINISH**
19604-15-94th in AFL East
19775-19-53rd in AFC East
19784-011-51st in AFC East – Playoffs
19814-02-145th in AFC East
19864-111-51st in AFC East – Playoffs
19943-110-62nd in AFC East – Playoffs
20002-0??

Bill Belichick in the preseason

Bill Belichick's Patriots are undefeated through their first two games of the 2000 preseason. He has improved his overall preseason record to 11-7 (.611). His best preseason came in 1994 when the Browns finished 3-1. The Browns went on to finish the season 11-5, their best record under Belichick.

Five game preseasons

This is the 15th preseason that the Patriots will play in five or more games. The last occurrence was in 1998 and they finished 3-2. In fact, the last five times the Patriots played in five or more games during the preseason, they finished at or above .500. Also, in the last four regular seasons, following a five-game preseason, they finished above .500.

Connections

  • Redskins wide receiver Irving Fryar was selected with the first overall pick of the 1984 NFL draft by the New England Patriots. He caught 363 passes with the Patriots from 1984 until 1992 and still ranks third on their all-time reception list.

Patriots cornerback Antonio Langham (1993) and defensive end Reggie Grimes (2000) attended Alabama along with Redskins safety Sam Shade (1994) and tackle Chris Samuels (2000). *

Patriots Maurice Anderson (2000), Antwan Harris (2000) and Chris Slade (1992) all went to the University of Virginia. *

Patriots linebacker Ted Johnson and Redskins wide receiver Michael Westbrook, both graduated from Colorado in 1994. *

Redskins running backs coach Kirby Wilson held the same position with the Patriots from 1997-99.

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