The Patriots will head into the bye week coming off of their first complete 60-minute game of the season in their 45-7 win over the Rams in London. Tom Brady played his best game of the year, and the defense finally generated some pressure on the opposing quarterback by blitzing for the first time this year. This will definitely be one of the talking points during the bye week of whether or not they will build off of Sunday’s performance and blitz more often during the second half of the season.
The team altered its flight plans from London and left early Monday morning to arrive at Logan airport a little before noon Monday. It was apparently one of the final flights allowed to land before the brunt of the storm hit the area. Many of the reporters who covered the game in London had their flights cancelled and will now be stuck there until Tuesday or Wednesday. Not a bad place to have a couple of extra days, but I’m sure many of them would rather be home and with their families. Thoughts are with everyone on the east coast affected by Hurricane Sandy.
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Patriots aren’t half bad at all against Rams– Chad Finn takes a final look at the Patriots convincing win over the Rams.
Patriots report card– Ron Borges’ grades are in from this past week.
Patriots report card: Finally a complete game– Christopher Price says the Patriots played their first 60-minute game of the season.
Stepping up to challenge– Jeff Howe says the Patriots made some big plays in at the right time in Sunday’s win.
Ninkovich hopes to ‘look like totally different defense’– Tom E. Curran looks ahead to the second half of the season for the defense with quotes from Rob Ninkovich.
The Celtics traveled Sunday night ahead of the storm to Miami where they will open their season against the Heat tonight where the Heat will be raise the banner for last year’s championship. The main story line to this game will be Ray Allen facing his former team as there as been a great deal of discussion over the past few weeks about his time in Boston and his eventual departure.
Entering the unexpected– A. Sherrod Blakely has how Ray Allen has no idea what to expect Tuesday night.
Rajon Rondo ranks among Celtics great– Bob Hohler looks at how Rondo is one of the best players in Celtics history, and talks to some Celtics legends to get their thoughts.
Rondo his own man– Mark Murphy also looks at Rondo’s career thus far with some Celtics greats’ thoughts mixed in.
End of a Celtics era brings new promise– Paul Flannery has his season preview, including looking at how the rookies might make an impact.
Boston Celtics retooled for another title run– Frank Dell’Apa looks ahead to the upcoming season.
Heart and soul– Gerry Callahan says the Celtics will go as far as Kevin Garnett takes them.