Law: 'The Patriots played into Baltimore's hands'


Law: 'The Patriots played into Baltimore's hands'

Mike Felger, Troy Brown, and Ty Law open things up on Patriots Postgame Live with their biggest reasons for the Patriots' 28-13 loss to the Ravens.

Law says that New England played into the hands of Baltimore, and Brown builds off of that statement.

"Second half was a little bit difficult for the Patriots to pick up some tough first downs there," Brown said. "I thought the Ravens coverage got a lot tighter on the Patriots as the game went on. They had a hard time giving Tom Brady a place to throw the ball. The thing that I saw happen in this football game was that Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell finally woke up and started throwing the football on first down and just went straight to the shotgun and got away from the run completely on first down."

Ravens QB Joe Flacco threw for 240 yards and three touchdowns. All three touchdowns came in the second half, with two going to physical wide receiver Anquan Boldin in the fourth quarter. Why the sudden change in production?

"A big subplot here is that Aqib Talib, the Patriots good corner, goes down early in the ballgame," Felger said. "And as soon as the Ravens decided to attack that, they had success. They didn't do it in the first half, but as soon as they decided to throw the ball, that's when they started to move the ball."

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Red Sox clinch AL East with Orioles victory over Blue Jays


Red Sox clinch AL East with Orioles victory over Blue Jays

NEW YORK -- The Boston Red Sox have won the AL East, clinching the division championship when the Toronto Blue Jays lost to Baltimore.

David Ortiz and the Red Sox, who had already secured at least a wild-card spot in the playoffs, will open their postseason schedule Oct. 6 seeking a second World Series crown in four years. The team's first opponent has not been determined yet.

Boston's game against the New York Yankees in the middle of the ninth inning Wednesday night when the Orioles finished off their 3-2 victory at second-place Toronto. The Red Sox began the night needing a win or a Toronto loss to wrap up their eighth AL East title.

Bruins defense struggles in 5-1 loss to Red Wings


Bruins defense struggles in 5-1 loss to Red Wings

BOSTON – The Bruins are clearly getting the kinks out a couple of games into the preseason.

The B’s defense struggled all night, and allowed 39 shots on net and five goals in a 5-1 loss to the Detroit Red Wings at TD Garden. The loss provides plenty of video material for the Boston coaching staff to look at over the next few days.

The Bruins actually started off well in the opening half of the first period, but then the bottom fell out when they couldn’t cash in on a power play chance. That led to a Ryan Spooner face-off penalty and then the Wings scoring on the power play to get things going. The Winged Wheels then scored on a Drew Miller-to-Steve Ott connection 19 seconds later to double Detroit’s lead, and really showed some collapse for the Bruins group on the ice Wednesday night.

Impressive youngster Austin Czarnik scored in the second period after a nice feed from Ryan Spooner crashing to the net, but that was the lone highlight for the Black and Gold against a Detroit team that was ready to go. Luke Glendening scored on a play right in front of the net in the second period as well, and Anthony Mantha made it a 4-0 lead for Detroit until Czarnik cracked the score sheet with his first goal of the preseason.

Drew Miller added a goal in the third period when Linus Arnesson vacated the front of the net to leave it wide open for the NHL veteran, and that was a pretty symbolic play for a Bruins group that never got a defensive foothold all evening.