Grading Day

Christopher Price on Patriots Daily has the Patriots offensive line getting its due recognition after Sunday’s 38-7 win over Buffalo. He also has five things to watch for heading into this week’s game with the Bengals.

With “B+” and “B” grades respectively, the defensive line and defensive backs finish at the bottom of the class in Michael Felger‘s Patriots Report Card this week. Searching for an area in which the team is struggling, Christopher L. Gasper points to Bill Belichick’s 0-3 record in challenges thus far this season. Shalise Manza Young looks to the red zone defense as an area where the club has been underperforming. David Heuschkel has more on the red zone defense being an area of concern.

Gerry Callahan looks at Tom Brady, at age 30, finally knowing what it feels like to be Peyton Manning. Bill Reynolds says that we are watching greatness with this New England Patriots squad. Ian M. Clark has his version of the Patriots report card, and hands out three “B” grades. David Brown has the Patriots not pretending to be perfect.

Rich Thompson has a look at the Patriots ground game, which churned out 177 yards against Buffalo. Young talks to the Goldstein family, whose 7-year-old son Alex was given the ball by Randy Moss after his fourth quarter TD catch. Douglas Flynn says that the Bengals will have plenty to worry about this week.

Thompson’s notebook has Vince Wilfork expecting a fine for his late hit on J.P. Losman. The Globe notebook has punter Chris Hanson just doing what the coaches ask him to do. Lee’s notebook has the newly-married Russ Hochstein showing his versatility on Sunday by making his first start at right guard.

Red Sox

Gordon Edes has Curt Schilling talking about the postseason, and how he is eager to try his new style and stuff in that environment. Steve Buckley has more on Schilling and whether he’ll be able to ratchet things up in October. Sean McAdam has five questions facing the Red Sox as they enter the last homestand of the regular season. Rob Bradford looks at Terry Francona’s achievement of becoming the first Red Sox manager to take the club to the postseason three times. Joe Haggerty looks at the final push to the season, which starts tonight at Fenway.

Dan Shaughnessy says that the Red Sox need to do what it takes to win the division. Mike Fine agrees that the Red Sox need to win the AL East. Jeff Goldberg has the Red Sox walking a fine line between their health and the division title. Garry Brown has more on the Red Sox chase for the division crown. Paul Jarvey says that the Red Sox could get a chance to reenact the final days of the 1967 season with his division chase.

Maureen Mullen has Fred Lynn comparing Jacoby Ellsbury to himself. Stan Grossfeld looks at what impact the ever-present fans have on the lives of Red Sox players. Joe Haggerty says that Coco Crisp has been Golden in centerfield this year for the Red Sox, but that doesn’t mean he’ll be honored after the season with the Gold Glove. Mike Petraglia looks at a disappointing season for tonight’s opponent, the Oakland A’s.

Bradford’s notebook looks at the Red Sox holding tie-breakers over the Indians and Angels, but not the Yankees. Edes’ notebook looks back to 1996 when many of the Red Sox current front office staff were involved in a division hunt in San Diego.

Mark Murphy and Marc J. Spears have the Celtics working out a few veteran big men, among them is former first round pick and two-time Celtic Eric Williams.

Fluto Shinzawa has second year man David Krejci making an impact in Bruins camp with his playmaking ability. Stephen Harris notes that since after the first preseason game, the Bruins results haven’t been as encouraging.