As you might imagine, the report cards for the New England Patriots this week are a whole lot better than they were last week. On the heels of a failing effort in Cleveland, the Patriots aced their test in Pittsburgh Sunday night.
Making The Grades – Patriots At Steelers – Chris Warner steps in for Jeremy Gottlieb this week on the Patriots Daily report card, and brings his own style to the grading process. See the other report cards this morning from: Ron Borges | Mike Reiss | Michael Felger | Kirk Minihane.
Refrain: Yet again, Brady has answer – Dave D’Onofrio has Tom Brady stating his case once again as the best QB in the league, heading into another battle with Peyton Manning.
No time to waste for Patriots as playoff picture starts to take shape – Christopher Price says that the AFC playoff picture is already coming together, and the Patriots need to keep winning.
Pats pass rush gave Big Ben little time – Brian MacPherson looks at what the Patriots changed up in order to be able to sack Ben Roethlisberger five times on Sunday night. Ian R. Rapoport says that variety was the key.
Five observations from impressive win – Tedy Bruschi weighs in on his former team.
Soured by ‘extra sugar’ – The Globe notebook by Shalise Manza Young and Michael Vega has the Patriots talking about the Steelers getting a little dirty. The Herald notebookfrom Rapoport has Bill Belichick OK with Brady’s sideline histrionics Sunday night. The Patriots Journal from Brian MacPherson has more on Brady.
Thomas, Bruins shut out Devils, 3-0 – Danny Picard and Joe Haggerty have Tim Thomas with another shutout.
No sympathy for Devils – Rich Thompson has the Bruins bouncing back strong.
B’s Michael Ryder shows he belongs – James Murphy says that Ryder is making a case to stay with the Bruins.
Tim Thomas dazzles (again), Bruins use a strength to solve a weakness – DJ Bean has some points from the game.
It’s not yet time for Seguin to take wing – Fluto Shinzawa’s notebook says that Tyler Seguin will need to remain at center for the time being. The Bruins notebook from Rich Thompson has more on Ryder. The CSNNE.com notebookfrom Haggery has Johnny Boychuk closer to a return.
Perkins’ rehab a team effort – Peter May has Kendrick Perkins using Wes Welker as inspiration in his recovery from knee surgery.
For Theo Epstein, trip not a vacation – Michael Silverman has the Red Sox GM heading to Walt Disney World, but not for a vacation.
Boston Red Sox GM Theo Epstein following his usual plan – Mike Fine has Epstein using familiar methods to assemble the 2011 bullpen.
McAdam at the GM meetings: Theo’s to-do list – Sean McAdam looks at what the Red Sox need to do this winter.