Do Patriots rank among NFL's best?

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Do Patriots rank among NFL's best?

There are two undefeated teams in the NFL - Atlanta Falcons and Houston Texans, but Gary Tanguay doesn't believe they're the two best teams in the league.

Those top teams, according to Tanguay, are the Patriots and 49ers.

"The 49ers scare the living bejeesus out of me," said Tanguay.

Andy Hart points to the Ravens, Texans and 49ers as teams that play a very complete brand of football, and have the potential to shut down any opponent. He notes that the Patriots are transitioning towards being one of those teams, but they need to be more consistent on defense. Hart says the Patriots definitely will be one of the top two teams in the league if they can continue to force turnovers and win the turnover battle.

For Paul Perillo it all comes down to experience. Yes, the Texans are undefeated, but the Patriots have been playing a level of excellence for more than a decade. They've been there and done that. If the Texans get in a playoff situation, there's a lot unknown about how they'll handle that type of pressure.

On this edition of Sports Tonight, it certainly seems as if the experience and well-rounded offense have the Patriots in the upper echelon of 2012 NFL teams.

Ex-Patriot Ridley signs with Colts

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Ex-Patriot Ridley signs with Colts

After being cut from the Detriot Lions last week, Stevan Ridely has signed with the Indianapolis Colts.

The running back played for the Patriots for four seasons (2011-2014), averaging 4.3 yards per carry while scoring 22 touchdowns in 52 games. He only played in six game in his final year with New England as a result of a torn ACL and MCL.

Ridley played for the AFC-East rival New York Jets in 2015 with a limited role in the nine games he played.

 

Report: Pedroia to be away from the team temporarily

Report: Pedroia to be away from the team temporarily

Dustin Pedroia will miss Sunday night's game against Kansas City to attend to a family matter, according to Evan Drellich of the Boston Herald.

Drellich also reports that Pedroia may miss Monday's game against Tampa Bay, too.

This of course comes after Pedroia went 11-for-11 over a three-game stretch, and saw the streak end in the eighth inning of Saturday's 8-3 win over the Royals.

Pedroia is batting .398 (37-for-93) through 24 games in August, with a .430 on-base percentage. Boston's second baseman is one of -- if not the -- team's hottest hitter this month, hitting .458 (33-for-72) since moving to the leadoff role.

Morning Skate: Rangers seem to be a strong candidate for Shattenkirk

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Morning Skate: Rangers seem to be a strong candidate for Shattenkirk

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading with Bruins captain’s practice set to kick off this coming week.

*The Rangers sound like they’ll be a strong candidate for Kevin Shattenkirk, and the Dallas Stars seem willing to stand pat at the goalie position.

*PHT writer James O’Brien speculates on who might be the next Artemi Panarin to break into the NHL ranks from overseas, and make a big impact.

*Yahoo fantasy hockey is making some changes this season, and those that liked to draft Dustin Byfuglien and Brent Burns are going to bummed about it.

*An original St. Louis Blues jersey from the old time hockey days has found its way back to its original home in St. Louis.

*Steve Simmons says that Dave Bolland has earned the right to be more than a punch line at this point in his career.

*Looking back on Phil Esposito’s classic speech amid the 1972 Summit Series.

*The All-Snub team for the World Cup of Hockey would be a talented lineup, and would no doubt be captained by P.K. Subban.

*For something completely different: those looking for signs of a rift between Bill Belichick and Tom Brady need to call off the search.