Just a few links today as time has again snuck up on me.

In what may turn out to be a weekly feature, Scott A Benson of Patriots Rear View has a look at the playoff picture in the AFC…who stands where, what the seedings would be, and what Patriots fans should be hoping for this week. Michael Felger has his Patriots Insider, and this week he looks at players the Patriots have let go the last few years and how they’ve fared elsewhere. Marvin Pave looks at the Patriots versatility. Jonathan Comey says that the Pats are making it look easy. Felger also looks at how the openings at Cleveland and Notre Dame affect Charlie Weis.
Sean McAdam reports that the Red Sox have talked to the Diamondbacks about Randy Johnson. Michael Silverman and Bob Hohler report that the Red Sox will not go beyond three years for Pedro Martinez. Kevin Gray talked to Alan Embree yesterday in Manchester. Silverman’s notebook looks at the Sox interest in Jose Valentin, Jeff Kent and others. Hohler’s notebook looks at the playoff shares.

Steve Bulpett looks at the frustration of Paul Piece. The BSMW Full Court Press weigh in on what Pierce’s future might be in Boston. Shira Springer looks at the injury to Delonte West and how it benefits Marcus Banks. Mark Murphy has a shorter look at the same topic.