The NFL wildcard playoff round is this weekend, and the Patriots will be comfortably watching from their living rooms, waiting to find out the identity of their first postseason opponent.
Pats focus on fixing flaws during bye week – Robert Lee has the Patriots spending their time this week on self-improvement.
Brady has a trusty bunch – Monique Walker has a good look today at how the Patriots quarterback has developed chemistry with this group of receiving options.
Trust in Bill Belichick key to success – Ian Rapoport has the Patriots leaning on the experience and wisdom of their coach.
Ninkovich carves his niche in New England – Mary Paoletti looks at the Patriots starting outside linebacker, who has come a long way in just two seasons.
Graham, Katula aim to make their mark in postseason with Patriots – Christopher Price has the special teams combination looking to emulate the postseason success of Vinatieri and Paxton.
More Than Stats for Algernon – Alan Segel examines the value of Alge Crumpler to the Patriots.
They don’t know Jack – Ron Borges thinks an NFL team would be wise to snatch up former Patriots executive Jack Mula to run their operation.
Pats underwent makeover in 2010 – Glen Farley examines the extreme makeover of the Patriots this season.
Wes Welker healthy, ready for playoff return – Rapoport’s notebook has the Patriots receiver feeling refreshed after a Sunday off. The Globe notebook by Michael Vega has Vince Wilfork wondering if a fine is headed his way. The Patriots Journal by Robert Lee has Shane Graham looking for a fresh postseason start. The Gatehouse notebook by Glen Farley has Marques Murrell returning to the Patriots.
Opportunistic Wild defeat Bruins, 3-1 – Danny Picard and Joe Haggerty have the Bruins dropping another home game.
Marc Savard is still searching for his old self – DJ Bean says that the Bruins center is still struggling.
NHL, NBC draw icy stares – Chad Finn’s media column looks at good ratings for the NHL Winter Classic. He also has Dennis and Callahan edging out Toucher and Rich in December – a month in which D&C weren’t there for most of the last two weeks.
Celtics’ Davis has perfect timing – Jim Fenton has Glen Davis playing well in a contract year.
Deep in the heart of Carl Crawford – Scott Lauber files a feature on new Red Sox outfielder Carl Crawford, who is working to get even better.
The Next Wave? A closer look at the Red Sox’ 2011 Rookie Development Program class – Alex Speier has a look at the next bunch of Red Sox youngsters.