Note – had a full length post here which got eaten. This is a shorter “Top-10″ version.
While we continue to remove stray branches from the yard, and wait for the electric company to restore power, the Patriots are looking to move on from Saturday night’s 34-10 loss to the Detroit Lions.
While certain folks will point to the game as an indicator of absolute impending doom, and while there were definitely things to be concerned about, it’s helpful to recall that the 2004 Patriots got crushed in the preseason, not once, but twice, by juggernauts Cincinnati and Jacksonville by scores of 31-3 and 31-0.
Loss may be what Belichick hoped to learn from – Ian Rapoport acknowledges that the Patriots lost far too many one-on-one battles, but that this game may have been planned as a learning experience.
Patriots need more than Tom Brady – Tedy Bruschi thinks that Bill Belichick may have been secretly smiling after this one.
Curran’s 48 lines on 24 issues after Detroit beating – Tom E Curran has plenty of thoughts on this one.
Can Patriots take the heat? – Mike Reiss says that the defensive line needs to show that it can handle pressure.
Theo saved Ellsbury from Gonzalez trade – John Tomase says that in early discussions, the Padres wanted Jacoby Ellsbury as part of the package for Adrian Gonzalez, but Theo Epstein held firm.
Lowrie’s season has been uneven, but he’s helped Sox plenty – Tim Britton looks at a weird season for Jed Lowrie.
Jason Varitek still quite a catch for Red Sox – Mike Fine notes that the veteran catcher has still been a big contibutor this season.
Light in August: Red Sox rotation takes turn for better – Alex Speier looks at the improvements in the Red Sox rotation this month.
Perfect Sox storm? – Nick Cafardo thinks that two days off may give the Red Sox an edge this week over the Yankees.
The best of both worlds – Amalie Benjamin has a profile on Boston College linebacker Luke Kuechly.