The Patriots remained undefeated with a 34-13 win over the Bengals in Cincinnati last night. Randy Moss caught two more touchdown passes from Tom Brady, and Mike Vrabel caught his seventh career touchdown in the win. Sammy Morris ran for 117 yards and a touchdown as well.
Karen Guregian says this one wasn’t quite as flashy as the first three wins of the season, but it was still a rout. Christopher L. Gasper has Sammy Morris and company rolling over the Bengals in the House that Corey Dillon Built. Shalise Manza Young says that the question going into last night’s game was not if the Patriots were going to win, but how. David Heuschkel observes that even without having any deep balls or quick strikes, the Patriots were able to move the ball at will last night. Rich Garven says it wasn’t quite another 38 special, but it was still special.
Mike Reiss notes that the Patriots attacked the Bengals right where they were the weakest, with Cincinnati facing a linebacker shortage. Michael Felger says that the Patriots showed why they are the best team in the NFL as they are “diverse, balanced and deep.” Dan Shaughnessy says that it might be time for a rally at city hall plaza for the Patriots as well. Mark Farinella notes that the Patriots have not been shut out in a single quarter this season.
Christopher Price brings us the 10 Things We Learned Last Night. Tony Massarotti says that the scary thing is that the Patriots feel that they can still get even better. Jim Donaldson asserts that the Patriots supporting cast is what makes them so great. Ian M. Clark says that the early plan for the Bengals was to bring the heat on Tom Brady.
Massarotti lines up the best and worst from last night’s game. Art Martone provides the postgame analysis from both sides of the ball. Heuschkel’s Patriots Sidelines report has more analysis. Dan Pires has a quick report card from last night.
Mark Schmetzer cites Morris’ touchdown run on 4th and 1 in the third quarter as the play of the game. Gregory Lee Jr has a look at Randy Moss picking up his fourth straight 100-yard receiving game of the season. With Mike Vrabel catching TD passes as a tight end, Donaldson has Ben Watson wishing that he could rush the passer on third and long. Jeff Wallner says that the Patriots secondary more than held their own against Chad Johnson and company. Garven has more on Sammy Morris filling in quite nicely for Laurence Maroney last night.
Rich Thompson has Matt Cassel praising his college teammate, Carson Palmer. Reiss has Peyton Manning talking about the fast start for Tom Brady and the Patriots. Donaldson has Brady agreeing that his team his tough to stop when they’re all working together. Jeff Horrigan has a look at Kyle Brady and his passion for flying. Reiss and Gaspar have Rodney Harrison itching to return to action this week.
If we missed anything, there is always PatriotsLinks.com to check out.
Guregian’s notebook looks at the groin injury that sidelined Laurence Maroney last night. The Globe notebook has more on the injury to the second year running back. Young’s notebook also reports on Maroney being held out last night.
The Red Sox held their MLB-mandated rally last night, and are set to take on the Angels tomorrow night at Fenway at 6:37pm.
Sean McAdam has 10 things the Red Sox must do in order to beat the Angels. Nick Cafardo looks at the Angels as a team that really likes to run and put runners in motion on the basepaths as often as possible. Rob Bradford has the Red Sox trying to figure out how they’re going to deal with the speedy Angels. Bill Burt gives us 10 reasons the Red Sox can win the World Series. Jon Couture says that how a team plays in September has proven to be no barometer when it comes to playoff performance. Sarah Green has seven keys to success in the ALDS.
Jeff Horrigan has the Red Sox tapping Daisuke Matsuzaka to start game two of the division series against the Angels, while Curt Schilling will start game three out in California. Amalie Benjamin also looks at Matsuzaka being named the No. 2 starter for the postseason, and notes that his final start of the year impressed the staff enough to put him in that position. Kevin McNamara says that the rotation was set this way to get the most out of Schilling. Jeff Goldberg has more on Dice-K getting the call for game 2. Steven Krasner looks at seven instances this season in which just one bad inning did in Matsuzaka. Bill Ballou has more on Matsuzaka and the Red Sox getting their postseason pitching in order.
Amalie Benjamin has a look at the season of rookie of the year candidate Dustin Pedroia, who worked through a rough start with his trademark confidence. Michael Silverman looks at manager Terry Francona, who is becoming a playoff veteran. Joe McDonald has Manny Ramirez having a low-key year, but still a big reason for the success of David Ortiz and the Red Sox. Garry Brown has more on the Red Sox setting up their rotation for the postseason. Alex Speier has the pieces coming together for the Red Sox in the last weeks of the season. Steve Buckley says that the playoffs may be where Jonathan Papelbon really establishes his greatness, and he is up for the challenge. Couture says that the Red Sox outh group inspires confidence among the veterans of the team.
Edes’ notebook has Brendan Donnelly wishing he were going to be in the Red Sox bullpen this week taking on his old teammates. Horrigan’s notebook says that the Red Sox had their bullpen in mind when they picked the eight day divisional series schedule. The Projo notebook has David Ortiz and Jacoby Ellsbury being honored for their hot Septembers.
Steve Bulpett has a look at James Posey and the Celtics second unit, as they’ve been giving the starters all they can handle in practice. Marc J. Spears has Ray Allen working with Rajon Rondo on the second year point guard’s jump shot. The Herald has Big Baby’s European Diary has rookie Glen Davis lets you know what he’s doing (and eating) in Europe. Bulpett’s notebook has Allen, Pierce and Garnett trying their feet at soccer. Get more stories at CelticsLinks.com.
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Bryan Marquard has the obituary of sports radio pioneer George F. Bent.