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Michael Felger has his Patriots Report Card and while the individual grades may be better, Felger says that collectively things still aren’t all that encouraging. Tom E Curran writes that while the outcome may have been familiar…banged up Patriots team gutting out a win with a last minute drive from Tom Brady…this season won’t have a familiar ending for this Patriots squad. He says they’re simply not that good of a team. Jerome Solomon looks at the Patriots defense making some big plays to fire up the squad in Miami. Michael Parente calls Sunday a complete team win for the Patriots, similar to the win in St. Louis last season. Alan Greenberg looks at the Patriots finding a way to make the numbers work for them on defense, specifically in the secondary. Christopher Price reports that Richard Seymour suffered no setbacks on Sunday and is looking forward to getting healthier and stronger in coming weeks.

Karen Guregian looks at Troy Brown earning some well deserved praise from his head coach. Shalise Manza Young looks at how staying with the Patriots was the best decision for Brown this season. Rob Bradford looks at the Patriots defensive backs showing improvement on Sunday. Jonathan Comey looks at Heath Evans as the latest “nobody” to step in and play well for the Patriots. He lists out the top 10 “nobodies” of the Belichick era. John Tomase says that the Patriots are going to go with what is available to them at running back, and they’ll be confident doing so. Chris Kennedy also looks at the Patriots running backs. Tomase looks at Tedy Bruschi, who is not taking his comeback from a stroke for granted, and talked a bit about it following the game on Sunday. The BSMW Game Day Rear View explores the Patriots showing some signs of life on Sunday.

Tomase’s notebook reports that center Dan Koppen could be lost for the year with a separated shoulder. The Globe notebook reports on the Patriots signing lineman Gene Mruczkowski as insurance against a possible loss of Koppen. Young’s notebook looks at Evans, who seems to have quickly picked up the Patriots offense.

David Ortiz lost out on the MVP award to Alex Rodriguez yesterday, and that of course, opened up the debate all over again. The Herald went out and garnered voter comments from writers on why they voted the way they did. An interesting bit of work from the Herald. Chris Snow and Michael Silverman report on ARod winning the award, as do Dom Amore and Garry Brown. We also get a report from Peter Zellen.

There was also of course, plenty of different takes on the subject. Tony Massarotti says that the voters got it wrong. Jon Couture says in a race between two worthy candidates the better year won. Dan Shaughnessy says cheer up Boston fans, you still have MLS MVP Taylor Twellman. Steve Buckley (subscription only) says that Ortiz lost the vote fair and square, which is a victory in itself for the DH. Jeff Jacobs writes that even with the award, ARod is still not a New York hero.

Bill Reynolds believes it is time for Larry Lucchino to come out of the bunker, and he advocates Rhode Island native Jerry Kapstein for a larger role with the organization, perhaps even as GM. Silverman’s notebook reports that the Red Sox are working on an offer to present to Johnny Damon and his agent in an effort to bring the centerfielder back for another tour of duty with the club. Snow reports that Twins assistant GM Wayne Krivsky is no longer a candidate for the Red Sox GM position.

The 3-3 Celtics head into Detroit to take on the 6-0 Pistons tonight. Mark Murphy looks at the game, and has Paul Pierce already declaring the Pistons a different team from the one that beat the Celtics on a last second shot less than two weeks ago. Peter May looks at Raef LaFrentz and how the big man’s game has evolved since his college days, where he wasn’t allowed to shoot from the outside. Murphy’s notebook says that despite Sunday’s success, the Celtics aren’t about to morph back to the Jim O’Brien days.

David McPherson looks at the success that the Bruins are enjoying…at the gate, anyway. Kevin Paul Dupont looks at coach Mike Sullivan losing patience and getting tough with his team. Stephen Harris says that no longer is this just a stumble out of the gate for the Bruins, it’s time to make some changes.

Bill Griffith has an interesting look behind the scenes of the production of an afternoon of NFL football on CBS.

There’s plenty of MVP talk in New York of course, and the stories are linked at the New York Sports News page. Check out the West coast perspective on the Bay Area Sports page.

FSN has Celtics/Pistons at 7:30. CN8 has Harvard/BC college hockey at 7:00. OLN has Lightning/Capitals at 7:00.ESPN2 has Bowling Green/Miami (Ohio) College football at 7:00. ESPN2 then has preseason NIT action at 10:00 with New Mexico St./UCLA.