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With not too much actual news to report on, a lot of the articles today focus on players and possible stories leading into the game. Football Outsiders has an extensive week two playoff preview, with plenty of interesting information on the Patriots and Titans. Tom Mooney says there could be empty seats at Gillette Saturday night because of the extreme cold that is expected. Plenty of seats up for sale…not for cheap dollars, either. Lenny Megliola looks at Rodney Harrison and the impact he has made on and off the field for the Patriots. Harrison recalls his first Super Bowl experience, he was just a special teams player then, he would like to get another shot at one. Jackie MacMullan has a article on Lonie Paxton, who is not enjoying being injured and having to watch his teammates in the playoff game this weekend. MacMullan revisits those magical days of two years ago. Michael Felger has a look at how the Patriots got healthy over the bye week. Jim Donaldson says anyone who says they thought the Patriots could be this good is a liar. Alan Greenberg looks at the Patriots TD receiving leader – David Givens. Michael Smith has a look at Ty Law. Tony Massarotti looks at the return of smashmouth football. Joe McDonald says the Patriots and Titans have an equal amount of respect for each other. Rich Thompson has an article on Antowain Smith, gearing up for another postseason run. Christopher Price looks at the Patriots recovery from their Super Bowl hangover of last year. Felger also has a piece on Richard Seymour, well on his way to his goal of being the best defensive lineman in the NFL. Chris Kennedy looks at the ageless Roman Phifer. Tony Chamberlain says football should never be played indoors. Frank Dell’Apa looks at Mike Cloud’s performance in the first meeting with the Titans. Smith’s notebook looks at the dwindling job opportunities for Romeo Crennel and Charlie Weis. Kennedy’s notebook looks at David Givens. McDonald’s notebook has the teams downplaying the impact of the weather.
Nick Cafardo has an interesting look at Titans defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz, youngest defensive coordinator in the league and a “kindred spirit” to Bill Belichick. Mark Blaudschun has another glowing article on Eddie George. George Kimball also has a pay column on George in the Herald. Blaudschun’s Titan’s notebook looks at Tennessee hoping to put an end to the New England 12 game winning streak. Jim McCabe looks at Walpole’s own Todd Collins, back in the playoffs as a backup for the Chiefs.
Bob Hohler has a look at Dennis Eckersley and the personal battles he had to overcome to become a Hall of Fame player. Michael Silverman and Hohler look at the Sox parting ways with third base coach Mike Cubbage. Bill Reynolds looks at the new meaning of Charlie Hustle.
The Celtics got back into the win column with a 101-93 win over the Orlando Magic last night. Fox Sports Net New England has the links.
The Bruins also won, with a 3-0 shutout of the Red Wings in Detroit. Nancy Marrapese-Burrell and Stephen Harris have the details. The notebooks focus on Andrew Raycroft, who notched the shutout, the second of his career. The Globe and the Herald both have more on the accomplishment by the young goaltender.
TNT has Rockets/Knicks at 7:00 and Blazers/Wolves at 10:00. ESPN2 has Rangers/Hurricanes at 7:00