Without Kevin, Patriots Could Be Faulked

On many teams, having the third down back getting injured isn’t the end of the world. Reading the articles this morning, you get the sense that when Kevin Faulk was injured on Sunday, the Patriots lost their most important offensive player behind Tom Brady.

The Boston Globe reported first yesterday that Faulk suffered a torn ACL in the fourth quarter of the Jets game, and is done for the season. No official move has been made yet, but it seems inevitable.

Kevin Faulk a huge loss for Patriots – Mike Reiss points out that Faulk was really a starter – playing more than any other back the last three seasons.

Protective measures needed in his absence – Albert R Breer notes that the Patriot may miss Faulk most in blitz protection.

Danny Woodhead may come in handy – Karen Guregian says that the newest Patriot might fill some of Faulk’s role.

Pats have been market leaders in the QB business – Jim Donaldson notes the stability the Patriots have had at the QB position since 1993, compared to teams like the Bills.

First Impressions – Buffalo Bills – Greg Doyle on Patriots Daily has a peek at some key performers for the Bills.

Hard hit; no hard feelings – Monique Walker’s notebook has Wes Welker with no ill will towards Eric Smith.

Pap’s here in name only – Bill Ballou says that Jonathan Papelbon has already checked out of the 2010 season.

Red Sox may be losing interest – Mike Fine has the whole team (and fans) checking out.

Buchholz an ace in the hole – Lenny Megliola looks at Clay Buchholz coming into his own this season.

Phillies OF Jayson Werth a look – Scott Lauber wonders if the free agent-to-be could be a Red Sox target.

Too early to make a call on Savard – Joe Haggerty says the center’s immediate future is still uncertain.

Savard situation is a headache – Kevin Paul Dupont also weighs in on Savard.

I’m generally not a huge fan of Deadspin.com these days, but today is worth checking out as it is another Fire Joe Morgan reunion day on the site.

Patriots Try To Put Jets Game Behind Them

The Patriots and their followers are still trying to put that ugly second half from Sunday behind them as they start a new week in preparation for the Buffalo Bills this coming Sunday.

New boss in charge of Entercom Boston – Boston Radio Watch reports on Tim Murphy being named the new Vice President/ General Manager of Entercom Boston. Murphy is the brains behind the revamped WEEI.com. The question unanswered at this point is – is this a statement on Jason Wolfe?

Making The Grades – Game Two At Jets – Jeremy Gottlieb has the Patriots Daily report card.

Patriots Report Card – Ron Borges has the Herald version. Michael Felger has the CSNNE.com edition. Belichick hits bottom – Kirk Minihane has the WEEI.com edition.

No film credits from Belichick’s view – Shalise Manza Young says that no one was spared in Belichick’s review of the film from Sunday.

Patriots take last look back at second-half horror show – Christopher Price has the Patriots trying to learn from the Jets game.

He’s not kicking himself – Young’s notebook has Stephen Gostkowski working on turning around his bad start.

Playing out the string, the Red Sox dropped one to the Baltimore Orioles last night, 4-2, as Daisuke Matsuzaka once again struggled with his command. Get all the coverage at RedSoxLinks.com.

Matsuzaka’s lack of command leads to another loss – Sean McAdam says that Dice-K himself doesn’t even know what his problem is.

A hot hitter at hot corner – Bill Ballou compares Adrian Beltre to some of the other Red Sox third basemen of the last 30 years.

First things 1st for Lars Anderson – Dan Duggan has the slugging prospect working on his defensive skills.

Youk’s diary: Reflections on the season – Kevin Youkilis talks about the apology he received from Manny Ramirez and some other thoughts in his ESPN Boston Diary. (There is also one from Johnny Boychuk of the Bruins)

Broken bats becoming a sticking point – Amalie Benjamin’s notebook looks at the outcry over maple bats.

Bruins veterans Mark Recchi, Patrice Bergeron enjoy role in development of rookie Tyler Seguin. – Mike Loftus has some Bruins veterans taking an interest in the youngster.

Bergeron-Recchi-Seguin combo lays a foundation – Joe Haggerty has more on the trio.

Celtics training camp preview: Battles to watch – A. Sherrod Blakely says that there are a couple of rotation spots up for grabs, including the starting center spot.

Jet Dominate Patriots In Second Half, Earn Right To Yap

When Randy Moss hauled in a long TD pass from Tom Brady while Darrelle Revis simultaneously grabbed his hamstring near the end of the first half, things were looking good for the Patriots at the new Meadowlands. Unfortunately it was to be the last highlight of the day for the Patriots, who were dominated by the Jets the rest of the way en route to a 28-14 loss that dropped New England to 1-1 on the season.

Get all the links at PatriotsLinks.com.

Patriots’ youth gets served up against the Jets – The Boston Globe – Albert Breer says that the Patriots defense is mediocre for all the right reasons.

Tom Brady, Bill Belichick big part of New England Patriots’ problem in loss – ESPN Boston – Mike Reiss has the Patriots leaders without any anwers for this one.

Bad habits return – The Sun Chronicle Online – Sports – Mark Farinella has things looking a lot like 2009.

Jim Donaldson: Bad as it seemed, let’s keep it in perspective -The Providence Journal – You know things are bad if Jim Donaldson is your voice of reason.

patriots – Ten Things We Learned Sunday: We’ve been here before – WEEI.com – Christopher Price has the Jets and Mark Sanchez making a statement with this one.

Patriot Mind Games – Rich Levine sums things up pretty well for Patriots fans.

Darius Butler, New England Patriots DBs didn’t have things covered against New York Jets – ESPN Boston – Mike Rodak looks at a rough afternoon for the second year cornerback.

Faulk injured in fourth quarter – The Boston Globe – Monique Walker’s notebook has Kevin Faulk’s status a bit of a concern after he was unable to return to the game yesterday.

The Red Sox avoided a sweep at the hands of the Blue Jays with a 6-0 win behind Jon Lester yesterday. Lester improved to 18-8 on the season. Check all the coverage at RedSoxLinks.com.

Jon Lester, with 18 wins, a steadying force for Boston Red Sox – ESPN Boston – Joe McDonald says that Lester still has a goal of getting to 20 wins this season.

Boston Red Sox – Wrist sprain sidelines Beltre – The Boston Globe – Peter Abraham’s notebook has the third baseman hoping to return to the lineup tonight.

Bruins area of concern brought up – puck movement by D-men – The Boston Globe – Fluto Shinzawa says that this is one area where Dennis Wideman will actually be missed.

Bruins’ Lucic looks to bounce back – Mike Loftus has the bruising forward looking for stay healthy this season.