The Patriots and Giants faced off last night in the final preseason game for the two teams, and the Giants pulled out a 20-17 win.

The 2010 outlook for this Patriots team seems mostly pessimistic among media members, with Karen Guregian taking the morning to lecture fans that this is no longer an elite team. (I think most of us knew that already.)

It’s going to take some time – Albert Breer says that while this defense is going to struggle, it will be for the right reasons – because there is young talent learning on the job.

Ten Things We Learned Thursday Night: Belichick makes a statement to starters – Among the points Chris Price makes is that the young cornerbacks actually had a good night.

The teachings of Patriots preseason – Mike Reiss also has 10 things to take away from this preseason for the Patriots. He also looks at the high praise for Alge Crumplerfrom Belichick.

Five things to remember – Tom E Curran notes the upbeat attitude of Bill Belichick after this one.

Bill Belichick’s Job No Easier After Patriots’ Preseason Finale – Jeff Howe looks at the job facing the head coach.

Hoyer secure in backup QB role – Robert Lee’s Patriots Journal has the backup quarterback growing in confidence and security.

NFL Films will bring out the best – Chad Finn’s media column look at the NFL Network’s countdown of the 100 greatest players.

These Games Mean Nothing, Unless They Lose – In my SBNation Media column, I look at how preseason wins are meaningless, while preseason losses are cause for DEFCON 4.

Holy Cross may be lacking in sound – Bill Doyle’s media column looks at the uncertain state of the radio broadcasts for Holy Cross athletics.

It just wasn’t Red Sox’ year – Lenny Megliola says that this season just wasn’t meant to be.

Beltre invaluable to Sox, but for how long? – Alex Speier looks at how much Adrian Beltre has meant to the 2010 Sox, and whether he’ll be here beyond this season.

New curriculum for former LSU standout – Peter Abraham’s minor league notebook has the Red Sox taking it easy with highly rated prospect Anthony Ranaudo.

Not making a big deal out of it – Fluto Shinzawa says that the league is taking its time in looking into Marc Savard’s contract.

Danny Ainge has a new vision for Celtics – A Sherrod Blakely looks at how the Ainge completely re-made the Celtics this offseason, even if it may not seem like it.