The Patriots are prepping for Sunday’s matchup with the unbeaten Denver Broncos. Greg Doyle on Patriots Daily gives us some First Impressions on the Broncos.

Karen Guregian has Champ Bailey saying that those who think Randy Moss is dogging it “really don’t understand the game.” Are you listening Mike Freeman? Glen Farley says that the “D” is back in Denver.

Shalise Manza Young has Mike Wright making a huge jump this season by learning to relax. Andy Vogt has more on Wright, who is now making plays during games, rather than just in practice. Mark Farinella has Wright talking about how he gained the increased confidence of the coaches. Rich Garven says that the trade of Richard Seymour gave Wright his big opportunity.

Christopher L. Gasper has Laurence Maroney vowing to use the displeasure voiced by the fans as motivation to get better. Ian R. Rapoport has Bill Belichick and Nick Saban saying that they could see coaching greatness in Josh McDaniels right from the very start.Gasper has Tom Brady unapologetic about benefiting from roughing the passer penalties. Guregian has Brady saying that he’ll take any advantage he can get. Christopher Price has Brady fully supporting the new rules.

Mike Reiss has his Patriots mailbag for the week. Michael Felger also has his mailbag. Price also has The Mailbag, as does Kirk Minihane. That’s a lot of email. I guess I’m curious as to how popular these all really are. It seems like everyone has one these days.

Jonathan Comey puts out his power rankings for the week. Rapoport says Wes Welker fielded a lot of questions from fantasy owners the last few weeks.

Michael Whitmer’s notebook has Bill Belichick and Josh McDaniels playing it coy on the topic of how much communication they have these days. Rapoport’s notebook has Gino Cappelletti pleased by the attention the 50th anniversary of the AFL is receiving. Young’s Patriots journal has more on Belichick/McDaniels. Vogt’s notebook says that McDaniels is a chip off the old block.  Farinella’s notebook has Cappelletti set to be an honorary captain for Sunday’s Legacy game. Garven’s notebook has more from Bailey on Moss.


Frank Dell’Apa has a look at the Celtics first preseason game, which marked Kevin Garnett’s return to game action. Paul Flannery says that Garnett was strong in his return. Robert Lee wonders if KG is truly healthy just yet. Ric Bucher has KG feeling good about his return.

Julian Benbow says that Kendrick Perkins doesn’t mind splitting time with Rasheed Wallace. Jim Fenton looks at the development of Perkins into a key piece for the Celtics. Mark Murphy has the Celtics bench looking to make a major impact this season.

Jessica Camerato looks at the numbers from last night. Murphy’s notebook has KG passing his first on-court test.


Mike Loftus has the Bruins looking forward to getting back in action. Bud Barth has the Bruins getting Milan Lucic wrapped up. Stephen Harris says that this was a good deal for both sides. Kevin Paul Dupont says that Lucic is worth the new deal. Matt Kalman has Peter Chiarelli saying Lucic is worth it.

Dupont’s notebook has Tuukka Rask and Johnny Boychuk looking forward to getting their chance.