Here are this morning’s top stories:
Season is all over for Patriots’ Brandon Spikes – Shalise Manza Young – Manza Young writes about the end of Spikes’s season after the team placed him on injured reserve Monday.
Colts won’t be a challenge for the Patriots – Dan Shaughnessy – In an effort to likely stir things up in Indianapolis, Shaughnessy dismisses the Colts as an easy win for the Patriots in this column.
Playoff experience new for 20 Patriots – Michael Whitmer – Whitmer looks at the lack of playoff experience on the Patriots roster.
Spikes a Fighter Until The End - Ron Borges – Borges writes that Brandon Spikes battled through his knee injury until yesterday, and wonders if Spikes’ career in Foxboro is over.
Mini-Brady impresses – Karecn Guregian – Guregian sees a lot of similarities in Tom Brady in Colts’ quarterback Andrew Luck.
Peyton place isnâ€™t first – Gerry Callahan – Callhan predicts the inevitable demise of Peyton Manning, who he feels won’t get a Super Bowl ring this year – or ever.
Colts reach out for ex-Pat Deion Branch – Karen Guregian – Guregian writes that Branch has a home 30-mins from a the Colts stadium in Carmel Ind. but has quotes from Troy Brown who feels he can’t provide the Colts much in terms of intel.
Vinatieri angle never gets old – Jeff Howe – Howe writes that Adam Vinatieri may be showing his age, but his leg remains as steady as ever.
Spikes takes late detour to IR – Jeff Howe/Karen Guregian – these two combine for their notebook this morning, which leads off on Spikes heading to IR yesterday and a conflicting report regarding whether or not he needs surgery.
Can’t blame Deion Branch for joining Colts – Mike Reiss – Reiss has an entry pointing out that the Patriots didn’t want Branch and the Colts did, which should be taken into consideration for the people upset that Branch joined a potential enemy this weekend.
Analysis on Spikes landing on IR – Mike Reiss - Reiss gives his thoughts on Brandon Spikes being placed on injured reserve and how it affects New England’s defense.
Do business as business is done – Tedy Bruschi – Bruschi does his weekly Q&A and addresses a variety of topics, including how the time off may affect some of the newer players along with many others.
Colts WR Hilton comes into focus for Pats – Field Yates – Yates has some thoughts on the danger T.Y. Hilton poses for New England’s defense.
Analysis: Closer Look at Colts’ addition of Deion Branch and Patriots’ Decision to Place Brandon Spikes on IR – Christopher Price – Price Breaks down the Branch signing by the Colts and what Spikes’ loss means for the Patriots.
Bulldozer by committee: Patriots trying to plow unusual path to Super Bowl – Christopher Price – Price writes that Bill Belichick said Monday that when youâ€™re talking about situational football, itâ€™s easy to see why New England has had so many running opportunities lately.
Scorned in New England, former Patriots CB Darius Butler avoided becoming an NFL ‘leper’ after finding a home with Indianapolis Colts – Nick O’Malley – O’Malley has a good read on Butler, who couldn’t quite carve out a role for himself in New England.
Game Preview: Patriots host Colts in divisional playoff game - The team provides some good information about Sunday’s match-up in this entry.
Brandon Spikes added to Patriots’ injured reserve list – Rich Garven – Garven has his notebook, which leads off with Spikes being placed on injured reserve on Monday.
Patriots’ runs could be difference vs. Colts – Rich Garven – Garven looks at New England’s running game, and feels that the focus on Brady might allow New England to see another big rushing performance.
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