Seriously, anyone who thinks that it matters is an idiot.
Here are the past 4 preseason and regular season results for the Pats.
2010: 2-2, 14-2
2011: 2-2, 13-3
2012: 1-3, 12-4
2013: 3-1, 12-4
A ton of rhyme and reason to that, right?
And no, I’m not being inconsistent. The Pats could win all 4 preseason games by 50 each and this is how ecstatic I’d be:
PS: If you want a great take on what happens when a team takes itself too seriously in the preseason, read Jerry Thornton’s piece from Barstool Sports when the Lions killed the Pats 40-9 last year.