All Boston teams were off on Monday, but there was still plenty to talk about following the Patriots’ season opening win on Sunday. The two main story lines were the play of the rookies on defense, and the emergence of running back Stevan Ridley. Despite the convincing win, with the Boston media and fans there will always be something negative coming out of the game.
This time it was the lack of playing time from Wes Welker. He played only 43 of the 67 snaps (64 percent) compared to just under 90 percent last season, while finishing with three catches for 14 yards. Some threw around the idea Bill Belichick and the Patriots are upset with him after his contract negotiations this past off season and are punishing him now. To me it is a non-story, and just one game. The Patriots seem to be stressing balance this season, so give it a few more games. It will work itself out.
Patriots report card- Ron Borges gives his grades for each position from Sunday’s win. They all passed with flying colors.
Ridley’s super Sunday was no surprise to high school coach- Kevin McNamara speaks with Ridley’s high school coach following his 125-yard performance in the season opening win.
Jones up to tall task- Jeff Howe takes a second-look at rookie Chandler Jones’ performance in his first NFL start.
In the line of Duty- Gerry Callahan looks at Logan Mankins’ toughness after it was revealed he tore his ACL in the first game last season, but did not tell anyone until after the season.
Has Welker’s role changed?- Felger & Mazz debate whether or not Welker’s role has changed this season.
News of Welker’s targets is product of media- Tom E. Curran blames the media for creating the Welker story.
Welker, Brown in same mold- Shalise Manza Young compares Welker to former Patriots star Troy Brown.
NFL Week 1: A few thoughts- Tony Massarotti has some thoughts not only on the Patriots, but the league in general.
In what would normally be a very meaningful September series between the Red Sox and Yankees, this time it means almost nothing, at least for the Red Sox. The Yankees now find themselves fighting to stay atop the AL East standings and the Red Sox will look to play spoiler.
Spoiler alert: Yanks in peril- Michael Silverman says the Yankees September has a chance to end just like the Red Sox’ did last year.
Good place to start- Scott Lauber looks ahead to next season and says the team needs to focus on rebuilding their starting rotation first before doing anything else.
Slumping Sox may find pick-me-up in pinstripes- Peter Abraham wonders if with the Yankees coming to town it might inspire the team to play better ball, and spoil their playoff hopes.
Lester: Beckett wasn’t the problem- Joe McDonald has Jon Lester’s reaction to Josh Beckett being traded, and how it could benefit the left-hander even though Lester says Beckett wasn’t an issue.