Tuesday's New England Patriots Links 9/20

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September 20, 2011 at 08:25am ET

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Bill Belichick pays tribute to the late Gil Santos
Tight end Troy Niklas’ “crazy” story makes him a Patriot and a father, too

Here today's top stories:

Ron Borges has his report card for week one, and writes that once again Tom Brady was ridiculous in another 400+ performance.

Former Patriots quarterback Steve Grogan has his grades in this week's edition of 'Grogan's Grade', along with some comments on Drew Bledsoe's recent induction into the Patriots Hall of Fame.

Ian Rapoport of the Herald writes that the defense helped out in a big way on Sunday, creating turnovers in what ended up being a solid group effort.

He also breaks down each individual turnover in a separate entry here.

I broke down the Patriots 99-yard drive on Sunday, and went through each play and offensive alignment in this entry.

Mike Reiss has some additional points from Sunday's game in an entry posted late last night on ESPNBoston.com.

Russ Goldman also has 'What we learned from Sunday's win, along with some thoughts on the fact the defense still remains a work in progress.

Chistopher Gasper of the Boston Globe also has an article on the defense, and writes that there is still the fear "that after all the cosmetic changes at their core they're still the same team that got sent home early by the jabbering Jets".

Tom Pedula of USA Today has an article on the fact the Patriots are waiting for the defense to catch up with the offense.

Carolyn Thorton of the Providence Journal writes that the defense still has a long way to go.

Rapoport also has his "notebook" which leads off with more on Aaron Hernandez' injury, and writes that they're expected to be without him for at least a week, and possibly longer.

Shalise Manza Young of the Boston Globe also has an article on Hernandez injury, and writes that he has an "MCL sprain" and is expected to miss at least two weeks.  She also writes that Zoltan Mesko underwent an MRI yesterday, but said last night that he's "feeling great," so it's not known whether or not he'll miss Sunday's game against Buffalo.

Tom Curran of CSNNE.com writes that he expects it to be at least a month and possibly 6 weeks before Hernandez returns.

Curran also has 17 thoughts on 34 lines in this entry.

Young also has her "notebook" for this morning, which leads off with comments from Tom Brady, who was on WEEI for his weekly interview yesterday morning.  In the interview he criticized Tedy Bruschi's - and other former Patriots - recent comments about Chad Ochocinco and said they have "no clue" what they're talking about.
"And I will say this about all those guys, whether it’s Tedy making a comment - and I love Tedy, he’s one of my great friends, and all those guys that have played for us - but honestly, none of those guys have any clue what they’re talking about. They’re outside of the locker room. They don’t know what we’re trying to accomplish. So, with all due respect to all of them and what they’ve accomplished . . . they don’t know."

Ian Rapoport has a piece that ran in the Nashua Telegraph on the fact that Brady knows he caught a break on the play where he was hit low on his leg by San Diego defensive lineman Antonio Garay on Sunday.
“I’m glad I had a knee brace on,” Brady told WEEI Radio’s Dennis & Callahan on Monday morning. “That’s scary when you’ve been through those before. It got me in a good spot (he means bad spot), and I’m glad the knee brace took the brunt of the force. Why I never wore a knee brace before, I have no idea. Why everyone playing quarterback doesn’t wear one on their left knee, I have no idea.”

With Hernandez out, Glen Farley of the Enterprise News writes that the Patriots may need the 'second Gronkowski' to help out this weekend against Buffalo.

Chris Forsberg of ESPNBoston.com writes that even with Hernandez out, that shouldn't stop the Patriots from being able to produce.

Rapoport also has more on the "Mayo Bowl" that was was held last night by linebacker Jerod Mayo.  The money raised reportedly goes to benefit 'Pitching in for Kids', a charity that helps enhance the lives of local children, and to Boston Medical Center, which provides health services to all in need of care.

A good article on Mayo's younger brother out of Virginia this morning.  Derek Mayo, who plays for the University of Richmond, apparently got a text from his older brother that told him to 'stop biting on play action'.

Chris Forsberg of ESNBoston.com has an entry on the fact that Bill Belichick was as dumbfounded as the rest of us waiting to see what the delay was in the review following the PAT on Sunday against San Diego - and he still doesn't know why.
"That’s not like a [red challenge] flag -- if the opposing team throws a flag, [the officials] come over and say the other team is challenging the runner was down by contact, or the guy scored, or whatever it is. On scoring plays, it’s an automatic review... including extra points.

"What they were looking at, they didn’t tell us. We just sit there and look dumb like everybody else."

Forsberg also has an article on Mark Anderson, who played well on Sunday and said he's just trying to "create some havoc" on defense.

Rich Garven has an interesting article this morning on Devin McCourty, and answers the question of whether or not he's on the 'hot seat' after allowing two touchdown on Sunday in this Q&A.

And finally, Glen Farley of the Patriot Ledger writes that the Patriots will find out of the 2-0 Bills are for real or not this weekend.  Buffalo hasn't beaten New England since the "Lawyer Milloy" game, when they won 31-0 back in 2003.

That's it for this morning.  We'll have more later on, so be sure and check back for updates.