The Patriot Ledger begins their 2005 Patriots Preview in their afternoon edition today. Eric McHugh has written three articles on the squad, the first one entitled Moving 4ward is a general overview of the team and season. Super Bowl MVP Deion Branch is the subject of the second article. Ron Hobson chips in with a piece on the offensive line, and McHugh finishes off the preview articles with a look across at the defensive line. Separate of the preview, McHugh also says that tonight’s game is the last chance for some of the roster hopefuls. Glen Farley reports that the Patriots will miss out on Eli Manning tonight. Tom King says that the Patriots primary focus is already on the regular season opener.

Mark Farinella submits a thoughtful piece on New Orleans, lamenting that a city that he has such fond memories of will never be the same. Eric Wilbur examines how New Orleans and the Saints will be effected by the disaster.

If you checked out Mike Reiss’ Mailbag on yesterday, you might be struck as I was by the fact that apparently Reiss took some of the questions from readers and brought them directly into the lockerroom and presented the principals involved in person the inquiries from the fans.

Mike Loftus looks at Kevin Millar breaking through with a pair of home runs last night. Alan Greenwood wonders if last night marked breakout time for Millar and the Red Sox. Jim Fenton says Millar hopes that last night can get him started and keep the angry talk show callers off his back. Greenwood’s notebook says that expectations for Keith Foulke are being kept low.

Loftus also has a report on Bruins head coach Mike Sullivan being named an assistant for the 2006 Olympic team.