The Patriots got off to a fast start yesterday, running out to a 31-3 lead after Brandon Tate returned the second half kickoff for a touchdown. The Bengals scored three touchdowns in the second half, but the Patriots were never seriously in danger in the 38-24 opening day win.
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Ten Things We Learned Sunday: Welker finishes long journey back to game – Christopher Price lists out what we can take away from yesterday’s win.
Reality show – Mark Farinella says that perhaps the Patriots were just playing possum in the preseason.
Patriots show they’re still elite – Mike Reiss has the Patriots showing that they shouldn’t be written off just yet.
Tone-deaf Moss shows tender side – Tom E Curran takes a different view than many of his CSN colleagues of the Randy Moss post game press conference. Monique Walker also has a look at Moss’ statements.
Unexpected returns are welcome bonus – Bill Doyle looks at the touchdowns from Gary Guyton and Brandon Tate.
Brady again an in-control freak – Albert R Breer has the QB showing why the Patriots made him the highest paid player in the history of the game.
Opponents weren’t braced for Welker’s return – Frank Dell’Apa has Wes Welker talking about being on the field for opening day.
Good sign Brady & Co. didn’t let lead slip away – Karen Guregian has the Patriots able to put together a long second half TD drive to finish this one off.
Electric youth on display – Andy Vogt looks at an impressive display from the kids.
Overall, they had it covered – Walker’s notebook leads off with more on the young defense.
Another defining offseason approaching for Theo Epstein – In his last Sunday column for the Standard-Times before heading to the Boston Herald copy desk, Jon Couture looks at another defining offseason on tap for the Red Sox GM.
Is Drew in decline? A look at outfielder’s 2010 struggles – Alex Speier looks at the relevance of one of the worst seasons of J.D. Drew’s career.
As end nears, Mike Lowell looks back at career – Having announced this weekend that he plans to retire at the end of the season, the Red Sox first baseman looks back at his career with John Tomase.
Beckett escapes early hole – Peter Abraham’s notebook has Josh Beckett overcoming four early walks.
Seguin has familiar look – Fluto Shinzawa has Jamie Arniel comparing the Bruins rookie to Tampa star Steven Stamkos.
Celtics duo give it their best shot – Chris Forsberg has Tony Gaffney and Oliver Lafayette facing an uphill battle to make the Celtics roster.