It’s week three of the NFL season. You’ve got an 0-2 AFC East team that finished last in the division the year before coming into Gillette Stadium. Mid-week, an emotional leader of the opposite team speaks of being tired of having the Patriots laugh at his team, and vows that they can’t keep letting that happen.
Welcome to the 2008 season when an 0-2 Miami Dolphins team that finished last in the AFC East the year prior came into town, after Joey Porter spouted off during the week, and proceded to unleash the wildcat formation upon the NFL and smoked the Patriots, 38-13 at Gillette.
You thought I was talking about the Bills this week? You wonder why the Pats are making Bills sound like contenders? That’s why. Nothing can be taken for granted in the NFL, even when you’ve beaten the opposite team 13 times in the row.
Wait, are Ron Borges and I on the same page with this? I may need to rethink things…
Gerard Warren seeing stars – Ian Rapoport has the big defensive lineman settling in nicely with the Patriots.
Nuggetpalooza’s Patriots-Bills Preview! – Gary Marbry has every factoid and number you could possibly want in this matchup.
Pats’ D must pick up slack for depleted backfield – Danny Picard has the Patriots defense knowing they’ve got to get off the field quickly.
Around The League – Week Two Recap – Jeremy Gottlieb goes around the league for Patriots Daily.
Patriots Journal: Welker offers Faulk encouragement – Robert Lee has the WR giving the RB advice on what to expect with his rehab.
NHL, HBO have capital idea – Chad Finn’s media column has a look at the NHL getting a version of “Hard Knocks” and ratings success for the Thursday night football lineup at CSNNE.
Media Roundup: Opportunity Lost For NESN – What would you have rather watched, a meaningless late season Red Sox game, or Tyler Seguin’s first preseason game with the Bruins?
Real game to come for Red Sox-Yankees – Gordon Edes says that the two clubs are expected to battle for free agents this winter.
Offseason could produce an entirely different team in 2011 – Daniel Barbarisi thinks the Red Sox could look much different come next spring.
McDonald takes advantage of opportunity with Red Sox – Mike Fine has Terry Francona and others happy for the success Darnell McDonald has had this season.
2010 has been a major thrill for McDonald and Atchison – Maureen Mullen includes Scott Atchinson as a feel-good story of the season.
Five reasons to keep your Sox on – Scott Lauber gives you some reasons to keep watching the final 10 games of the season.
Sorting through the Savard saga – D.J. Bean tries to get things straight on the Marc Savard situation.
Current Celts ready for one last run – Scott Souza has Doc Rivers’ team gearing up for another push.
O’Neal shows his drive – Julian Benbow’s notebook has Shaq already making his presence felt.
Herzlich refocused – Mark Blaudschun has the BC Linebacker happy to just focus on football.
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