Over on Patriots Daily, with the Patriots set to go up against Bills rookie Marshawn Lynch this week, Bill Barnwell examines how offensive players from the Big 10 compare with players from the Pac 10.

Mike Reiss says that Tom Brady has certainly gotten himself into an early season groove. Karen Guregian says that Brady has found himself in a fantasy world for the first two games of the season. David Heuschkel has more on Brady getting connected with his new receivers. Ian M. Clark has Brady staying grounded, though his offense is flying high. Rich Garven says that the Patriots have shown a balanced attack that is going to be hard to defend.

Joanna Weiss in the Globe looks at Brady’s duel roles as both star quarterback and style icon. Shalise Manza Young has Patriots rookie Kareem Brown talking about his friend and former teammate Kevin Everett and his spinal injury suffered in the season opener. Chris Kennedy says that the Patriots aren’t going to assume that the rest of the season will go like the first two games have. Michael Parente says that a strong start to the season hasn’t changed the team’s philosophy. Jeff Howe has a look at Donte’ Stallworth as a guy aware of life outside of football.

Mark Farinella has Mike Vrabel ready get after J.P. Losman this week. Robert Lee says that as usual, the Patriots will likely have their hands full with Buffalo’s Aaron Schobel. Douglas Flynn says that the Bills’ special teams could also be an area of concern for the Patriots.

Reiss reports that Rodney Harrison actually first purchased human growth hormone in 2003. Ron Chimelis says that the NFL should’ve addressed the spying incidents around the league much earlier on. Over in the Metro, that Bruce Allen guy is claiming that no one involved in this episode exactly covered themselves with glory.

The Globe’s notebook has Mike Vrabel enjoying his move back to outside linebacker. Guregian’s notebook has coach Belichick dismissing talk about the Patriots running the table this season. The Projo notebook has a more on the passing attack for the first two games. Garven’s notebook has Belichick getting fired up when the subject of a perfect season was brought up.

Red Sox

The Red Sox continued their slide out of the division lead, falling 6-1 to the Blue Jays and seeing their lead over the Yankees shrink to 1.5 games.

Rob Bradford closes his game story with Mike Timlin saying that the Sox need to build momentum heading into the playoffs. This isn’t how to do it. Gordon Edes chronicles another “mind-numbing Red Sox defeat.” Sean McAdam says that today’s only good news is that the Sox can’t lose ground today. Jeff Goldberg has the Sox limping to the finish line. Bill Ballou says that the Red Sox approach to the final weeks of the season is bordering on bizarre.

Tony Massarotti has a look at the performance of Clay Buchholz last night, which showed that the rookie still has quite a bit to learn. Amalie Benjamin has more on Buchholz, noting that his status for the postseason is still unknown. Art Martone says that the Red Sox are showing that they are more concerned with the long haul and big picture. Bradford has Eric Gagne trying to remain positive. Massarotti wonders if Manny Ramirez is just being Manny.

Bradford’s notebook has the Sox shutting down Hideki Okajima to rest his arm. Edes’s notebook has Francona determined not to give up Eric Gagne. McAdam’s notebook has more on Buchholz, who was tagged with the loss last night. Goldberg’s notebook says two costly mistakes haunted Buchholz last night. Ballou’s notebook has more on the Sox shutting down Okajima.


Marc J. Spears has Gerald Green talking about his trade to the Timberwolves. Mark Murphy also has Green talking about his trade. Jessica Camerato has the Celtics newcomers adding some winning experience. Bob Ryan looks at the ugly sexual harassment trial of Isiah Thomas.

Stephen Harris has Manny Fernandez planning on getting some time in net tonight, with the goal to be ready to go for the season opener on October 5th. Bud Barth has more on Fernandez suiting up tonight. Fluto Shinzawa has the Bruins living up to their goal of being hard to play against in their preseason opener.

Mark Blaudschun and Steve Conroy have Boston College quarterback Matt Ryan grabbing some of the national spotlight with his early season play.