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Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Thoughts on AFC East preseason schedules

By James Walker

The NFL released its 2012 preseason schedules Wednesday. It's a tease to the eventual release of the regular-season schedule.

Here are the exhibition schedules in the AFC East:

Buffalo Bills
Miami Dolphins
New England Patriots
New York Jets

A few things stood out. For starters, we have a Super Bowl rematch between the Patriots and Giants. These teams see each other a lot in the preseason, regular season and playoffs. It's almost to the level of being division rivals. Unfortunately, this game is in the final week of the preseason, and we're going to see a ton of backups most of the game. New England also will face the Saints in Week 1 of the preseason, which marks New Orleans' first game since its bounty controversy and suspension of head coach Sean Payton.

The new-look Bills defensive line most likely will debut in the preseason against former Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III and the Washington Redskins. That should be a good test for Buffalo's Mario Williams and Co. Washington is expected to take Griffin with the No. 2 overall pick. The Miami-Tampa Bay preseason opener will be the NFL debuts of both Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin and Bucs head coach Greg Schiano.