By: Ian Logue
New England improved to 2-1 after yesterday’s 38-30 win over the Buffalo Bills at Gillette Stadium, and after a trip around the internet this moring, here are today’s headlines.
Steve Buckley of the Boston Herald has a column this morning talking about the crowd yesterday at Gillette Stadium, with a story of an interesting incident that took place in the club seats during the Patriots 38-30 win over the Bills.
Michael Vega of the Boston Globe takes a look at the fact that despite the loss of Kevin Faulk, the team did a good job overcoming third downs by avoiding them all together.
Bill Burt of the Lawrence Eagle Tribune writes that the biggest enemy the Patriots may be facing this season is the schedule.
Mark Farinella of the Attleboro Sun Chronicle looks at yesterday’s game and feels the good news is the Patriots can score a lot of points, but the bad news is – they’re probably going to have to in order to continue to win this season.
Albert Breer of the Boston Globe writes that it’s a good thing the Patriots gave Tom Brady a contract extension, because this season may prove that he’s more valuable than ever since they’ll need him to help carry their young defense in the coming months.
Tim Forseberg of ESPNBoston.com writes that if the energy level of the crowd at Gillette Stadium is concerning Brady, he learned Sunday there’s an easy solution to that problem: Give them something to cheer about.
Farinella also writes that Tom Brady was happy with a win despite the margin, since unlike in college the final score doesn’t matter as long as they’re on the right side of the outcome.
“A win’s a win,” the Patriots’ shaggy-haired quarterback said after a 38-30 victory over the downtrodden Buffalo Bills. “It doesn’t really matter if you win by 50 or by one. Because the following week, it really makes no difference how you did the previous week.”
Monique Walker of the Globe has a blog entry this morning with quotes from Brady’s interview this morning on WEEI, with Brady saying he’s got a lot of confidence with the guys on the defensive side of the football.
“The defense is opportunistic. They made a couple of big plays there at the end which we really needed. You’re right, they are a bit younger than the offense and the offense should feel like it has more responsibility in terms of playing with situational football and so forth.
“The thing about the defense is they have a lot of talented players. They’re all first and second round picks over there, it’s not like they can’t play. Playing against them in training camp, I know the kind of plays they can make, so you’re right, I think not having quite the experience as the offense is one thing. Having the youth and excitement, it’s a very fast defense that can make some plays and I have a lot of confidence in those guys. “
Tom Curran of NECN writes that the Patriots are playing too close for comfort, with CJ Spiller saying after the game that Sunday’s loss has him feeling pretty confident heading into their next game.
Farinella also has an article on Randy Moss, who honored Kevin Faulk this week by wearing his jersey during practice and says that the two have a long history that transcends Moss’ days as a Patriot.
“Me and Kevin have a long history, before I even became a Patriot,” said Moss, whose two catches Sunday were both for touchdowns against Buffalo in an eight-point New England victory. “What he’s accomplished here as a Patriot speaks high, high volumes. But, being able to lose him for the year (ACL) is very disappointing.
“I don’t really have an answer or an explanation for wearing his jersey. Kevin and I have followed each other since 1995. That’s my boy. I just wanted to put his jersey on to represent him.”
Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald writes that replacing Faulk is going to be a group effort, and did a good job of changing things up during yesterday’s win.
Dan Duggan of the Boston Herald writes that BenJarvus Green-Ellis is the ideal Bill Belichick running back because he runs hard on the field, and doesn’t say much off it.
The Sun Chronicle also has an article on Danny Woodhead, who played much bigger than his height yesterday against the Bills.
Dan Shaughnessy of the Boston Globe writes that Woodhead ended up being a big help to New England’s offense, although he couldn’t see him as he was surrounded by reporters and wonders if that’s what it was like for the Bills when he was lined up behind the Patriots offensive line.
Shalise Manza Young of the Boston Globe writes that through three games the Patriots have had a tough start, and have been fortunate to have scored 90-points while giving up 82 so far.
“Far from perfect,’’ was how Belichick assessed his team’s performance. “We’ve still got a lot of work to do. We had our moments when I thought we did things really well and then other times we didn’t.’’
Christopher Price of WEEI.com has “10 Things We Learned From Yesterday”, and feels that right now, it’s all on the offense.
Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston.com takes a look at yesterday’s game and says that the Patriots victory was obviously needed, yet it still doesn’t mask their problems on the defensive side of the football.
Reiss also writes that BenJarvus Green-Ellis stepped up at the right time yesterday, exploding through the hole and running downhill as he racked up 98-yards on 16 carries.
Mike Petraglia of WEEI.com writes that Jerod Mayo knows they have problems on defense and that yesterday’s performance was a bit ‘alarming’ but they got the job done.
Jeff Howe of NESN.com has an article on Kyle Arrington, who he writes made the most of his playing time during yesterday’s 38-30 win over the Bills.
Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald also has an article on Arrington, who said after the game that there were plenty of people in his hometown watching the game yesterday.
Rapoport also writes that the offense rescued the defense yesterday, with Arrington telling him that they’ll need to play better because asking the offense to score that many points each week is a bit of a stretch.
“Our offense can’t bail us out and score 35 or 40 points every game,” said Arrington, who started at cornerback over struggling Darius Butler. “We’ll have to work even harder.”
Ron Borges of the Boston Herald writes that, “Some guys are studs. Others are stubs. Danny Woodhead? Maybe he’s both.”
Dan Ventura has an article on Brandon Meriweather, pointing out that he went from bench-warmer to hero after making a key interception during yesterday’s win.
Ventura also has a piece on Tom Brady, who he writes after their win over Buffalo is back on track after a near-flawless performance yesterday.
Mike Rodak of ESPNBoston.com breaks down yesterday’s first quarter of play, analyzing each possession and giving his take of what happened. It’s a good read, so be sure to check it out.
In a local interview with “The Morning Buzz” here in New Hampshire, Brett Michaels told them over the weekend that he’ll be in Miami as part of Monday night football between the Patriots and Dolphins on ESPN next week.
And finally Gisele Bundchen was on hand for Sunday’s game, and the Attleboro Sun Chronicle actually has a real ‘non-tabloid’ style article on her day at the stadium yesterday.
That’s it for this morning. Be sure and check back later on as we’ll have updates throughout the day.