After flunking out in most areas last week, the Patriots bounced back with a strong performance Sunday night, earning high marks from the resident football professors.
Making The Grades – Patriots at Jets – Jeremy Gottlieb grades out a win that the Patriots needed as badly as any in a long time. Ron Borges says that it is a long time to finals, but the Patriots aced the midterms. Kirk Minihane says that “the red pen gets a break and the ol’ written lap dance returns this week” as he grades the team. Jeff Howe hands out his first set of passing grades since before the bye week. Hector Longo has high praise for Bill O’Brien this week. The ESPNBoston report card has the coaches taking the high marks for the week. Add your own grades on the Boston.com Patriots report card.
For all their free-agent misses, Patriots’ Carter has been big hit - Tim Britton has a look at the impact the free agent signee has made on the Patriots defense. More on Carter from Mary Paoletti.
Patriots must maintain focus - Chris Forsberg says that the Patriots biggest obstacle the rest of the way may be themselves.
Sack attack unleashed – Ian Rapoport looks at the pass rush generated on Sunday night.
Arrival in silence - Rapoport’s notebook has linebacker Jeff Tarpinian keeping his increased role a secret last week. The Patriots Journal looks at a few of the lesser-known defensive contributors. The Globe notebook has the Chiefs preparing for life without Matt Cassel on Monday night. The Enterprise notebook from Glen Farley has more on Cassel.
Jonathan Papelbon has no regrets – John Tomase has the former Sox closer not looking back at his time with in Boston.
Dan Duquette’s shot at redemption - Chad Finn wonders what the former Red Sox GM has learned in the last 10 years.
Sveum brings a lot to table – Nick Cafardo looks at the Red Sox managerial search.
Red Sox boss a busy man – Mike Fine looks at the to-do list for Ben Cherington.
Lucic, Bruins should embrace villains role - Joe Haggerty thinks that the Bruins should welcome the image as the NHL’s bad boys.
Milan Lucic not backing down – Joe McDonald says that the Bruins forward won’t change his style.