As Christopher Gasper pointed out in his Notes column today, the Pats have 3 preseason games in 11 days. That is a brutal schedule. I think he has been taking it extra easy on rushing veterans back from injuries this preseason and sitting a lot of players during games and the schedule is probably because of it. I also think this is why some people feel the Patriots lack intensity. I think there is a definite burnout/injury risk with a schedule like this and going all out (even the preseason version of going all out) and playing players who are less than 100% at this point in the season. If the Pats had this stretch in their schedule in the regular season, people would be pointing to this stretch as a brutal part of their schedule and worried about their ability to stay fresh and sharp. I think Belichick knows this is an issue and doesn't want to risk anything on meaningless preseason games. This could be playing a big factor in our poor showings the first three games.