Broncos Will Be Tougher Foe This Time Around

Sunday’s performance against the Steelers opened some eyes as Tim Tebow threw over 300 yards and connected on several long passes, and threaded the needle on a couple others. Preparing for the Broncos is no longer solely about stopping the option and the run.

Air about Tim Tebow now - Karen Guregian has the Patriots defense noting the big plays against the Steelers. Glen Farley has more on the challenges Tebow presents.

The Other Quarterback - Rich Levine compares Tebow’s performance against the best playoff performances from Tom Brady, with surprising results. Ian R. Rapoport has Brady not looking at recent playoff failures, only ahead to the Broncos.

Patriots ready to tough it out - Shalise Manza Young says that the Patriots late-season comebacks have given the team confidence.

Ditch the Good-Evil bit - Steve Buckley doesn’t want to hear about the Good vs Evil storylines that he writes about today. Wait, what?

When it comes to playoffs, neither roster has seen many wins - Paul Kenyon notes that both of these rosters are pretty inexperienced with playoff success.

Charlie Weis: O’Brien can make both jobs work - Bill Burt talks to the former Patriots OC, who explains what Bill O’Brien is going through right now.

Josh McDaniels sports a familiar look on field - Rapoport’s notebook has the offensive assistant playing a background role at practice. The Globe notebook from Shalise Manza Young has a look at a practice with all players present and accounted for the Patriots.

The Bruins got back on track with a 5-3 win over Winnipeg at the Garden.

Late arrival - Fluto Shinzawa has the Bruins turning things on in the third period.

A look at just how good a third-period team the Bruins are - DJ Bean looks at how the Bruins always seem to save their best for last.

Thornton lays the burn on Vancouver columnist - Eric Wilbur has Shawn Thornton taking on a Canucks writer during last night’s Sticks and Stones on CSNNE.

Cam Neely Responds to Alain Vigneault’s Criticism of Brad Marchand, Bruins - Mike Cole has the Bruins President going on with Felger and Massarotti to defend his team.

NHL Suspends Bruins’ Marchand for Five Games - The other sports leagues could learn a lot from the NHL about explaining player punishment. The Brendan Shanahan explanation here is very good.

Celtics search for an identity - Paul Flannery says that right now, the Celtics are just a .500 team looking for answers.

Former teammates have high praise for Pietrus - Jessica Camerato with a look at the newest Celtics, who looks to make his debut tonight.

Sox saving their money - Sean McAdam says that the Red Sox are not likely to add much to their payroll before the season begins.

Time for Red Sox to step to the plate - Michael Silverman says that the Red Sox need to make one more big move.