Pats Say Bye for Now

Greg Doyle has a second look at the film from the Miami game.

Michael Felger has his weekly report card and seems to suggest that the Patriots are a house of cards, “making do” with a team geared around defense, but not thinking it can last. Ian Clark also hands out some grades heading into the bye week. Christopher Price has his 10 Things we Learned from Sunday.

John Tomase looks at the the difference a year makes. Last year at the bye week, the team was 3-3 and really struggling to come together. This year’s team seems well ahead of where that club was. Alan Greenberg looks at the Patriots heading into the bye week in good shape, with a chance to rest up for a few days. Albert Breer says that while this team has had its problems thus far, things could be a lot worse. Price says that the AFC East race is over. Rich Garven says this team has the grit to go a long ways. Michael Parente says they’d never admit it, but the Patriots are in great shape heading into the bye week.

Karen Guregian has the Patriots and their foes both complaining about the state of the Gillette Stadium field. Mike Reiss also has a look at the playing field, which stands to get more use in the coming weeks as a movie (The Game Plan) will be shot in the stadium.

Guregian also looks at Rodney Harrison showing signs on Sunday of coming back into form. Breer has a look at the trust that Tom Brady has in Troy Brown, and how the receiver has lived up to that trust thus far this season. Eric McHugh has more on Brown, a week after playing primarily defense, coming back to lead the team in receptions. Bill Burt also looks at Brown.

Reiss’ notebook has the Patriots signing free agent receiver Jabar Gaffney, who caught 55 passes for the Texans last season. Tomase’s notebook has Stephen Neal denying the rumor that he’s going to jump into the Ultimate Fighting Championship ring in the offseason. McHugh’s notebook has Mike Wright making the most of his time on the field.

Craig N Laidis has Jerry Rice congratulating UNH receiver David Ball on breaking his NCAA 1-AA touchdown reception record.

The Celtics play their first preseason game tonight, tipping off against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Shira Springer has Doc Rivers looking at this game as a chance to evaluate how the work put in during camp thus far has effected his club. Steve Bulpett has Rivers looking at players tonight, one of whom will be Ryan Gomes, who appears to have the early track on the power forward position. Bill Doyle has Sebastian Telfair ready to blossom at the point for the Celtics. Bulpett’s notebook has the Celtics trying to free some playing time in the preseason by making a cut or two possibly as soon as today.

Rich Thompson has Wayne Primeau providing an early spark to the Bruins third line. Kevin Paul Dupont has Marc Savard talking about adjusting to Boston and the progress of the Bruins special teams. Thompson’s notebook has B’s coach Dave Lewis saying he’s going to keep rotating the goalies in net.

Rob Bradford has Bronson Arroyo sending a “special” message to Curt Schilling, and also saying his plan is to re-sign with the Red Sox once he is a free agent again. David Borges has some final grades for the Red Sox.

Lenny Megliola rambles about jocks behaving badly.

Keep up with the latest Yankee soap opera on the New York Sports Pages.

Here’s a look at some of the weekend TV ratings for the Boston market. Looks like viewers enjoyed the Yankees loss on Saturday. The Bruins ratings were highest in the males 18-49 group, where they peaked at a 2.3 on Friday and a 2.1 on Saturday.

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FSN has Celtics/Cavs at 7:00. FOX has Tigers/A’s at 8:00.Versus (the old OLN) has Flyers/Rangers at 7:00.