Revenge makes for a good storyline. While it would be foolish to deny that the Patriots would indeed like some payback for last January’s debacle at Gillette Stadium, its safe to say that the team is more interested in getting better than they are in revenge.
While some in the media will certainly play up the revenge factor, you won’t find much of that in these top links from today:
Numbers don’t lie when it comes to Pats’ offense, Ravens’ defense – Robert Lee looks at the challenges that both teams will face on Sunday.
Matt Hasselbeck predicts big things for Branch – Ian Rapoport has the Seattle QB saying that the Patriots will know how to best use Deion Branch.
Patriots hope to avoid Raven runover – Jennifer Toland says that stopping Ray Rice will be a priority for the Patriots.
Pees ready to match wits with Belichick, Patriots – Christopher Price has the former Patriots defensive coordinator gearing up to face his old team for the first time.
Sunday school on tap for Patriots and Ravens – On his medication today, Ron Borges explains that this game will say a lot about each of these teams.
Too much confusion to make sense of Moss trade – Putting the Randy Moss saga to rest, Jim Donaldson tries to figure out what really happened last week.
Pace picking up for Tate – Mark Farinella has the second year receiver being thrust into a larger role.
Branch restructures deal – Michael Vega’s Patriots notebook reports on Branch re-doing his contract.
Around The League – Week Five – Jeremy Gottlieb on Patriots Daily looks back at the week that was in the NFL.
No other way to spin this one – Chad Finn goes after Deadspin.com for their handling of the Brett Favre texting scandal.
Media Roundup: A Rolling Moss Gathers … Nevermind – My SB Nation Boston media column looks at the Moss trade, Delonte West’s diary on ESPN Boston, and Tommy Heinsohn’s new slogan for the NBA.
Sharks radio voice Eric Lindquist a big fan in booth – Bill Doyle has Worcester Sharks radio voice Eric Lindquist admitting that he is a homer in his broadcasts.
Bruins looking for the right defensive combos – Joe Haggery has the Bruins trying to find the right pairings for the defensive end.
Horton looking like a sure shot – Fluto Shinzawa has the new winger looking good early on.
NBA is taking heart, soul out of the game – Mike Fine has the league going too far in their latest crusade to cut down on griping by the players.
Allen cracks jokes; Harangody gets up to speed – A. Sherrod Blakely has a few Celtics notes.