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 isn’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 you’re talking about situational football, it’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.