The Patriots are preparing to face what some feel is the best team in the NFL this Sunday, as the Baltimore Ravens come into Gillette Stadium. Yesterday there was plenty of praise for the Ravens, particularly safety Ed Reed, in the Patriots locker room as they prepared to face Reed and the rest of the Ravens.

Greg Doyle on Patriots Daily has some First Impressions of the Ravens. Check back later this morning for our trading places segment.

Michael Whitmer has Tom Brady and the Patriots gushing over the Ravens defense. Ian R. Rapoport says that Sunday will be a matchup of two of the brightest, hardest-working minds in football. Brian MacPherson says that facing the Ravens isn’t going to help the Patriots red zone woes. Glen Farley has the Patriots with plenty of praise for Reed in particular. Mark Farinella has more on the Patriots respect for Reed.

Mike Reiss notes that despite plenty of new faces on defense, the Patriots are still getting it done. Monique Walker says that the Patriots are going to need to be sharper on Sunday, particularly Brady and his offense. Rich Garven focuses on the problems in the red zone for the Patriots offense. Rapoport has Eric Alexander playing the role of Ray Lewis in practice this week.

Karen Guregian has Joe Flacco and the offense proving thus far that the Ravens are not just all about defense. Shalise Manza Young has the Ravens offense looking to make some noise of its own against the Patriots.

Christopher Price has the Patriots offensive line doing its part thus far this season in keeping Brady upright for the most part. Guregian has Stephen Gostkowski getting plenty of opportunities thus far with the Patriots struggles in the red zone.

In yesterday’s Metro column, I looked at the mess created out of nothing by Mike Freeman and Mike Florio. Kirk Minihane starts his mailbag off this week with the same topic. Michael Felger has his weekly mailbag for CSNNE.com as well.

Walker’s notebook says that the Patriots present a weaker threat without Wes Welker. Rapoport’s notebook has saome Patriots donning pink this Sunday for breast cancer awareness.Young’s Patriots journal has Bill Belichick with plenty of praise for Ed Reed. Garven’s notebook has the Patriots preparing for a repeat of week two. The Patriot Ledger notebook has Chris Baker as the surprising game breaker against the Falcons. Farinella’s notebook has Nick Kaczur missing practice yesterday with an ankle injury.

Bruins

The Bruins get their season started tonight with an opening night matchup with the Washington Capitals.

Mick Colageo says that these Bruins are good, but are they good enough to win it all? Kevin Paul Dupont has the Bruins set to wrap up some unfinished business this season. Stephen Harris has the Bruins already with an eye on the playoffs. Mike Loftus says that the Bruins have built themselves into a franchise where players want to play and get a chance to win. Bud Barth has the Bruins aiming high as the season begins. Joe Haggerty has the Bruins preparing for life as a target.

Fluto Shinzawa looks at what the Bruins have in coach Claude Julien. Harris has the Bruins looking to get off to a hot start this season. Mark Divver looks at five things to keep an eye on with the Bruins this season. Bill Doyle has Bruins voice Dave Goucher expressing his high expectations for this team. Loftus looks at the Bruins jumping right into the fire with tonight’s matchup against Alexander Ovechkin and the Capitals. Matt Kalman says that the Bruins have all the pieces for a Stanley Cup run.

Harris has a 2009-10 Scouting Report for the black and gold.

Shinzawa’s notebook has the Bruins working on shootout chances. Harris’ notebook says that all signs seem to point to David Krejci being a go tonight for the opener.

Red Sox/Celtics

The Red Sox games are meaningless until probably next Thursday when they have their annual meeting with the Angels out in California. Check the stories on last night’s game over at RedSoxLinks.com.

The Celtics are in day three of training camp, and it’s so far, so good for Kevin Garnett. Tony Allen also practiced yesterday, but second year man Bill Walker had to leave the team to get his knee checked out. Get all the news at CelticsLinks.com.

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One thought on “Ravin’ About Baltimore

  1. Hey Bruce, did you see that Reiss tweeted today that Chris Forsberg is leaving boston.com to join ESPNBoston.com? Not a huge move, but another blow to the Globe and another boost to ESPNboston.

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