The Patriots actually trailed for a short time in yesterday’s game, as the Buffalo Bills took a 7-3 lead behind rookies Marshawn Lynch and Trent Edwards, the Patriots then answered by running off 35 unanswered points in a 38-7 win at Gillette Stadium.
Scott Benson says it took just a little while, but the Patriots eventually dragged themselves out of bed and went to work yesterday. Christopher L. Gasper says that the Patriots are making football look like child’s play. Karen Guregian says that the Patriots were once again the proverbial men amongst boys yesterday. Mark Farinella says that the Patriots are stealing the number 38 from Curt Schilling. Shalise Manza Young notes that while the Patriots seemed to ease up on the Bills for a while in the second half, they took control quickly. Douglas Flynn says that the Patriots proved that even when they’re bad, they’re still really good. Chris Kennedy has the Patriots overcoming early mistakes to rout the Bills. Michael Parente has the Patriots turning a brief nail-biter into another one-sided laugher. Mike Lowe has the Patriots offering up a repeat performance of the first two weeks of the season.
Christopher Price has his 10 Things We Learned Yesterday. Jackie MacMullan is gushing over Randy Moss and his third straight 100-yard receiving day. Michael Felger says that the scary thing is that the Patriots didn’t even really play that well yesterday. Jim Donaldson says that you might as well hand the AFC East crown to the Patriots right now. Lenny Megliola has the Patriots claiming that they’ve still got a ways to go, even if they’re all impressed with the gifts of Moss. Ian M. Clark says that the Patriots are every bit as good as people thought they were on paper.
Even Tony Massarotti can’t find anything negative to write about, noting that the “Patriots currently have so many weapons its borderline perverse.” Jennifer Toland has Tom Brady raising his game another notch thus far this season. David Heuschkel notes that the headline combination of Brady and Moss was unstoppable once again. Robert Lee has his Patriots teammates in awe of Randy Moss and what he is capable of on the field.
Dan Ventura looks at just another day at the office for grizzled veteran Tom Brady. Donaldson has Bill Belichick seeing room for improvement in Brady’s play. Dan Pires has Moss rolling on in his stint with the Patriots.
Mike Reiss focuses on Wes Welker, who was the Patriots sparkplug yesterday, both on offense and returning punts. David Brown says that Welker’s work yesterday was special for the Patriots. Guregian has more on what Welker is doing for this team, particularly on special teams, where he had 72 yards in punt returns. Farinella notes that the extra work that the Patriots put into their punt return teams this week in practice paid off yesterday. Robert Lee has Welker shining on both offense and special teams yesterday. Toland looks at the versatile receiver proving his value yesterday. Heuschkel looks at a risky play by Welker working out this time, though his coach wasn’t all that impressed with it. Flynn says that Welker will be taken to the woodshed this week for that play.
Massarotti says that even though the players continue to harp on their failures in the red zone, there is little room for improvement in the Patriots defense, which has allowed the fourth fewest points in the NFL. Farinella has the defense making some quick adjustments after Edwards came in. Rich Garven says that the Patriots had a little bit of a lull, but no letdown yesterday. Tim Weisberg says that the Patriots at least showed they were human for a short time yesterday. Steve Solloway says that we’re watching a Patriots team like you’ve never seen before.
Felger has the best & the worst from yesterday. Art Martone offers game analysis from both sides of the ball. Heuschkel’s sidelines report looks at what went right and wrong for the Patriots yesterday. Garven notes that this was another 38 special for the Patriots.
Ventura has J.P. Losman talking about his short day, in which he was hit hard twice by the Patriots. One might wonder if his comments from this week gave the Patriots any extra incentive to put a hit on him. (Losman noted how he has never beaten the Patriots, and wondered if the camera stuff had something to do with it. No, J.P., you’re just not very good.) Michael Vega has Aaron Schobel being held mostly in check by the Patriots offensive line. Reiss notes that injuries really hurt the Bills yesterday, and in all three games thus far this season. Farinella has Edwards getting a baptism of fire with his NFL debut yesterday.
Guregian’s notebook has Asante Samuel celebrating his return to the starting lineup with an interception. Gasper’s notebook has more on the return of Samuel. Young’s notebook has a look at the running game, where Laurence Maroney had his second career 100 yard rushing game and Sammy Morris was impressive once again as well. Kennedy’s notebook has more on the potent Brady/Moss combination. Weisberg’s notebook has punter Chris Hanson not getting a whole lot of work thus far this season. Lowe’s notebook has the Patriots special teams answering a challenge this week.
Cold, Hard Football Facts has a new-look with their re-designed website, making it easier to find what you’re looking for. John Molori says that FOX’s analysts yesterday were ignorant in their criticism of Donovan McNabb’s comments from earlier this week.
The Red Sox did clinch a post season berth over the weekend, and now, enter the final week of the regular season still fighting to hang onto the division lead. Yesterday didn’t help, as Tim Wakefield’s magic against the Devil Rays wore off in a 5-4 loss in Tampa. The AL East lead sits at 1.5 games.
Rob Bradford has Tampa starter Edwin Jackson shutting down the Red Sox for five innings yesterday. Gordon Edes has more on the Sox falling in Tampa, a day after clinching at least a wildcard spot in the playoffs. Sean McAdam says that the Red Sox face some tough multi-tasking in the final six games of the season. Bill Ballou notes just how bad the Red Sox rotation has been in September. Jeff Goldberg looks at Wakefield falling to the Devil Rays for the first time in Tampa.
Steve Buckley says that the Red Sox might want to win the AL East, but they don’t need to do it. Mike Underwood says that the fans want the Red Sox to take the division. Nick Cafardo says that Bryan Corey could be in the mix for a postseason roster spot. Buckley looks at Tim Wakefield struggling once again yesterday in the loss.
Bradford’s notebook has Tampa’s Delmon Young challenging Dustin Pedroia for the rookie of the year award. Edes’ notebook has Manny Ramirez and Kevin Youkilis taking batting practice today at Fenway to see how close they are to returning. McAdam’s notebook examines Wakefield’s struggles of late. Ballou’s notebook says that Terry Francona has some tough decisions to make in the final week of the regular season. Goldberg’s notebook has more on Pedroia vs Young for AL Rookie of the Year.
Stephen Harris says that the Bruins hope to be deeper up front this season. Fluto Shinzawa looks at Bobby Allen, who finds himself on the bubble of making the Bruins club. Harris’ notebook has the Bruins dropping a preseason game to Montreal yesterday.
John Connolly has Taylor Twellman feeling sore after suffering a groin injury in Saturday night’s tie with the New York Red Bulls. Frank Dell’Apa has the Revolution struggling with possession in that game.