The Patriots had their way offensively with the San Diego Chargers yesterday, and an opportunistic defense made just enough big plays to keep San Diego safely out of range for much of the afternoon. The defense once again gave up a lot of yards, but also had a pair of interceptions and a goal line stop on 4th down to stymie Charger drives in a 35-21 win at Gillette Stadium.
This W comes with plenty of worry – After saying all week that the defense played better than it looked in Miami, Greg A Bedard is officially worried about the Patriots defense after yesterday’s effort. Ron Borges says that if you think this defense is opportunistic, then you have your eyes closed. Jackie MacMullan says that it is OK to have a bendable defense so long as the wins keep coming. Rich Garven says that the defense is clearly still a work in progress. Tom E. Curran isn’t penning love letters to the defense, but notes that they did help Tom Brady and the offense yesterday. Michael Hurley has the defense showing that stats are for losers.
Finishing touch among Patriots highlights – Karen Guregian says that how the Patriots closed this one out should be encouraging. Bob Ryan wonders if the Patriots can continue to win when Tom Brady isn’t throwing for 400 yards every week. Andrew Tornetta says that the offense looks unstoppable. Dan Duggan has Tom Brady and Deion Branch in perfect harmony yesterday. Mark Farinella has the Patriots feeling like they’re just scratching the surface of their potential. Tim Whelan has the Patriots and their fans making noise yesterday. Ian R. Rapoport has the offense and defense working well together.
Wilfork life of the party – Russ Charpentier has the Patriots defensive lineman enjoying his time in the spotlight yesterday. Chad Finn says that Wilfork’s first interception was a career highlight. Kevin McNamara has Wilfork enjoying the moment.
Ten Things We Learned Sunday: In a pinch, Jerod Mayo rises to the challenge – Christopher Price has the linebacker with a big afternoon. The Lawrence Eagle-Tribune has always been very critical of Mayo during his career, but today Hector Longo has praise for Mayo, wondering where this guy has been all these years, and David Willis says that yesterday we finally saw the Jerod Mayo we’ve all been waiting for.
Tom Brady continues to amaze – Mike Reiss has the Patriots QB better than ever. Jeff Howe has Brady and Deion Branch rekindling their connection. Bill Burt thinks Branch is worthy of the nickname “prime time.” Jim Fenton has more on Brady and Branch.
Patriots defense best when backed up – Rapoport’s notebook has the unit coming up big in key spots. The Patriots journal looks at Sergio Brown’s first interception. The Gatehouse notebook from Glen Farley has the Patriots defense showing big-play ability. The Globe notebook from Shalise Manza Young and Monique Walker has more on the Branch/Brady connection.
The Red Sox continued their stumble right out of the postseason with another loss to the hard-charging Tampa Rays yesterday. Boston’s lead in the Wild Card spot is a mere two games with ten to play. The Sox play a double-header with the Baltimore Orioles today.
A pennant race primer: What the Red Sox are up against – Rob Bradford looks at the spot the Sox find themselves in this morning.
Red Sox try to leave Rays behind – Gordon Edes has the Sox trying to keep Tampa in their rear view.
These Red Sox should be embarrassed – Christopher Smith says it all.
Confident Rays look like the superior team – Tim Britton has the Ray enjoying their role as the chasers.
Weiland helps fill a twinbill – Peter Abraham’s notebook has the Sox trotting out the uninspiring duo of Kyle Weiland and John Lackey for today’s doubleheader. The Herald notebook from Scott Lauber has Carl Crawford getting benched against David Price yesterday. The Red Sox journal has Jarrod Saltalamacchia having a rough time with the knuckleball yesterday.