The Patriots are making their preparations for their game against the New York Jets on Sunday, and doing so without middle linebacker Jerod Mayo.
Greg Doyle gives us his first impressions of the Jets, and looks at a few Jets who could figure big in this game.
Christopher L. Gasper has Jets coach Rex Ryan doing all he can to ratchet up the rivalry between the Patriots and Jets. Karen Guregian says that Ryan speaks from his heart, and isn’t going to stop. Glen Farley has one Jets player describing Ryan’s style as “blunt force trauma.” Shalise Manza Young has Ryan and the Jets not backing down at all.
Kerry Byrne has a look at why Tom Brady is able to do what he does. Julian Benbow says that Brady is going to have his hands full with the aggressive Jets defense this week. Ian R. Rapoport notes that the Jets are almost a mirror of the Baltimore defense at this point. Rapoport has Brady saying that talk is cheap, and that the Patriots are preparing and not talking.
Mike Reiss examines how the Patriots will adjust without Mayo. Brian MacPherson says that the Patriots defense is like a big doughnut without Mayo. Soft with a giant hole in the middle? Andy Vogt says that there are no easy answers in trying to replace Mayo. The Metro also looks at life minus Mayo for the Patriots. Mark Farinella says that the Patriots are once again forced to find plan B in a hurry. Rich Garven says that the Patriots are going to miss Mayo on every single defensive play. Christopher Price has the Patriots linebackers moving on.
Jeremy Gottlieb has a look around the NFL this week.
Guregian has Mark Sanchez aware that he faces a challenge in a Belichick defense.
Gasper’s notebook says that the defensive signal-calling responsibility will go to second-year linebacker Gary Guyton this Sunday. Rapoport’s notebook has the Patriots trying to move on without Mayo for now. Farley’s notebook has the Patriots holding Mayo out of practice yesterday. Young’s Patriots journal says that Randy Moss vs Darelle Revis will be a key matchup on Sunday. Vogt’s notebook says that Ryan is the king of talk. Farinella’s notebook has Tom Brady praising Joey Galloway even though the stat sheet would seem not to merit it. Garven’s notebook has more on the nonstop talk from Ryan and the Jets.
Mike Loftus and Stephen Harris have Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask believing this is his year to stick in the NHL. Fluto Shinzawa says that Dany Sabourin is going to have a tough task unseating Rask as the #2 goalie behind Tim Thomas. Harris’ notebook says that a trade of Phil Kessel seems very likely at this point.
Frank Dell’Apa has Kevin Garnett progressing in his recovery, and Rajon Rondo trying to get better. Dan Duggan has more on Rondo, who says he isn’t optimistic about getting a contract extension from the Celtics.
Michael Felger has his first CSNNE.com mailbag.
Ron Chimelis says that Michael Jordan’s trash talking during his Hall of Fame speech shouldn’t come as a surprise.
Steve Conroy has a look at Boston College wide receiver Colin Larmond Jr.
Michael Whitmer has Kasey Kahne ready to start the NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup this Sunday in Loudon.