For most of this week, on sports radio anyway, you’ll probably hear non-stop about Wes Welker saying that it was ‘nice to stick it in Bill’s face‘ and about Stevan Ridley’s fourth quarter fumble, which apparently completely invalidated his 151 yards and a touchdown yesterday.
The Ridley fumble, egregious as it was, was made up for when the defense forced a fumble of its own. Yeah, you can say his night was stained by the fumble, but it is also clear that the coaching staff cannot bury him on the bench like they did last season. He’s become essential to the offense. Ridley has given the Patriots an element they’ve lacked since the Corey Dillon days came to an end.
As for Welker and his comment, it’s clear to me that he was goofing on Felger. He knows the crap that Felger has put out there, and his comments said with a wink and a smile was poking fun at that. Anyone searching for a more malicious intent to the comment either isn’t very bright, or wants to bring attention to himself.
A few links of coverage on this Columbus Day:
Patriots’ defense may never be great, but good enough – Greg A Bedard says that the defense is ahead of where it was a year ago.
Patriots win by a few feet – Ron Borges has the Patriots picking up Rex Ryan’s ‘ground and pound’ mindset.
Patriots’ defense contains Peyton – Mike Reiss says that the defense, while vulnerable at times, did its part in the win.
What we learned Sunday: In stopping Peyton Manning, Patriots rely on familiar formula – Chris Price runs down some takeaways from yesterday.
Patriots turn up tempo to new level in win over Broncos – Tom E Curran has Denver unprepared for the pace at which the New England offense was operating.
Get the rest of the coverage at PatriotsLinks.com.