The Patriots improved to 4-0 with a 30-23 win over the Atlanta Falcons last night. New England suffered a big blow however, as they have likely lost defensive anchor Vince Wilfork for the season.
Get all the links this morning at PatriotsLinks.com.
Here are a few of the top links for today:
What we learned: Aqib Talib, defense rise up in win over Falcons – Chris Price runs down the items of note from last night.
Patriots switched offensive strategy at half – Ben Volin has a look at the halftime adjustments.
The Patriots are still Brady’s bunch – Tom E Curran says that the Patriots are making this offense work thanks to their quarterback.
Talib continues to have things covered – Field Yates has a look at the big-time performance from the cornerback.
Kenbrell Thompkins breaks out – Karen Guregian looks at a huge night for the rookie wideout.
Now, for the media performances.
Shalise Manza Young, Boston Globe
Broke the scoop in the middle of the night that Vince Wilfork’s injury is a torn achilles, which will likely end his season.
NESN Halftime Show
I enjoyed the live halftime show with Adam Pellerin, Mike Salk and Matt Chatham. It was nice to be able to avoid the NBC halftime show and have something local on the television. They were also pretty good following the game in the times I looked over there, while trying to split time between NBC, CSNNE, WBZ and NFL Network.
Tom E Curran, CSNNE.com
Slow clap for this Sunday Notes piece yesterday from Curran which looked at the relative noise-meter for recent NFL scandals compared to Spygate, and also called out selective scrutiny from the Boston Globe when covering business deals by the Red Sox and Patriots.
Also – Jeff Howe for his report Saturday about the seeming divide of opinion between the Patriots and Rob Gronkowski’s camp on when the tight end should return to game action.
Ben Volin, Boston Globe
I feel like there was some rookie hazing going on last week with his source telling him that Gronkowski and Amendola were going to play last night, when just about everyone else was saying they likely would not play. Volin got hung out to dry. Welcome to the beat, Ben.
Toucher and Rich, 98.5/Cris Collinsworth NBC
If you really think Cris Collinsworth is a Bill Belichick suck-up, then you haven’t been paying attention over the years. Yes, he gushed over Belichick and the Kraft family last night, especially when talking about Jim Brown’s appearance on Inside The NFL on Showtime (which Collinsworth appears on) where the Browns legend called Belichick one of his three heroes (along with Bill Russell and Bobby Knight) for his work with inner city kids and prison inmates.
Collinsworth went too far though when talking about all the troubled players that come into New England and how they all straighten out once they get there. The Aaron Hernandez elephant in the room was too much at that point. Collinsworth through the years though, has never shied away from being critical of Belichick and the Patriots, and was one of many calling for a ban of the Patriots coach following Spygate.
For anyone to think he’s just a Belichick suckup is ridiculous.
Gerry Callahan, WEEI
Rough morning for Gerry. His premise that “the Patriots are the only team that gets all the calls on the road” is a little flawed if you watched that game at all. (Edelman whacked on fair-catch, Dobson held and hit in the head in the end zone, iffy PI call on Talib.) Can you imagine the national outrage if the officials replay machine failed during a game in Gillette Stadium. The tin-foil hat wearers would be up in arms. Also, when a caller brought up Andre Carter, who the Patriots worked out recently and mentioned he had been in Oakland after leaving the Patriots, Callahan confidently corrected him by saying “Buffalo.” His co-host repeated “Buffalo.” Andre Carter, Mark Anderson, what’s the difference?
The Red Sox have wrapped up their regular season with homefield advantage, and await their divisional round opponent.
What does home-field advantage mean for Red Sox? – Alex Speier looks at the importance of home field.
Red Sox have decisions to make for postseason – Peter Abraham looks at some of the last spots to be decided.
The Celtic have media day this afternoon, and camp starts tomorrow.
Wait ’til next year, or maybe longer – Steve Bulpett has a quick preview.