Rollin’ On

The Patriots continue to roll, while the World Series champs lock up their cornerstone for three more years…

On Patriots Daily, Chris Price looks at the leap made by second-year safety James Sanders this season, who has become a playmaker on defense for the Patriots. He also has five keys to the game this weekend against the Eagles.

Michael Felger serves up his Patriots report card, find fault really only with the running game. Ian M. Clark also issues “predictably strong” grades for the Patriots performance in Buffalo.

Gerry Callahan says that you’re watching the Greatest. Team. Ever. Jackie MacMullan says that the defense might be getting overshadowed by the offense, but they are the foundation of this football team. Shalise Manza Young says that this team will never stop striving for perfection. Mark Farinella says that these Patriots are as good as it gets. Douglas Flynn agrees that this team is just in a league of their own. (Wow, two movie titles back to back)

Rich Thompson has Belichick very effusive in his praise of Randy Moss. Christopher L. Gasper examines the injuries to the running game which have left the Patriots precariously thin at that position. Robert Lee says that the Patriots aren’t going to let up on their opponents. David Heuschkel examines the record-setting pace that this team is on. Rich Garven looks back at Buffalo as the latest stop on the Patriots march through the NFL.

Thompson’s notebook has Adalius Thomas showing his versatility on Sunday night. Gasper’s notebook has more on the praise handed out to Moss from Belichick. Lee’s notebook has more on the improvement of Sanders this season. Garven’s notebook has Moss saying that the Patriots offense has yet to peak.

Red Sox

Amalie Benjamin and Rob Bradford report on Mike Lowell accepting a 3 year, $37.7 million deal to remain with the Red Sox. Jeff Goldberg looks at the Sox getting Lowell for the three years they wanted. Jon Couture looks at the Red Sox being able to keep Lowell without giving ground. Sean McAdam also reports on the agreement. Joe Haggerty says that the deal should be announced this afternoon.

Nick Cafardo says that the Red Sox have been dealing from a position of strength this offseason. Bradford says that with this deal, Lowell remains true to himself and the Red Sox. Mike Fine has the World Champs staying intact with this deal. Joe McDonald has Dustin Pedroia thrilled that Lowell is coming back.

Gordon Edes has the Red Sox sending a stash of good to the Hall of Fame from the World Series.

Celtics

Mark Murphy has the Celtics handling Sunday evenings loss to the Magic in stride, and ready to move on to the Warriors tomorrow night. Marc J. Spears reports that the Warriors were among the suitors for Kevin Garnett in the offseason, and might’ve been playing for them right now.

Jeff Howe has the Celtics growing more confident in Rajon Rondo with each game. Jeff Clark says that Celtics fans have a lot to be thankful for this holiday season.

Other

Stephen Harris has coach Claude Julien looking for improvement in the defense in front of Tim Thomas. Kevin Paul Dupont says that the team has some decisions to make in goal as well, as Thomas has been worked to the max thus far this season.

Frank Dell’Apa has Revs coach Steve Nicol not seeing any huge changes for his club next season, coming off a fourth MLS Cup defeat.

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