LONDON -- Things started ominously for the Patriots at Wembley -- a 50-yard touchdown pass from Sam Bradford to Chris Givens on the game's sixth play -- but the Patriots have since looked like . . . the Patriots.
Twenty-eight unanswered points have been hung on a Rams defense that looks as if it spent too much time modeling the Patriots all week in London.
At the break, the Patriots have put up 263 total yards, 205 through the air from Tom Brady (14 for 22 with two TDs). They've also benefited from seven Rams penalties (two key ones on a touchdown drive just before the break) and an ill-advised fake field goal from the Rams that set up the touchdown before the break.
The Patriots have been much more aggressive with blitzes in the first half and its helped get St. Louis into second and third-and-long situations.
Sam Bradford's got terrific accuracy, he's 14 for 16 for 146 yards.
The Rams haven't done anything outlandish to try and bring extra pressure on Brady and the New England offensive line's been terrific in creating a pocket and allowing him room to step up and deliver.
Gronk has five catches for 106 yards and while his post-catch elusiveness is absent, he's still able to get short-space separation.
Kyle Arrington left with a head injury and hasn't returned. Marquice Cole is in playing the nickel and doing it well.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while appreciating all the birthday wishes I got yesterday while turning 42 years old.
*With the World Cup of Hockey around the corner, there is still a decision pending on NHL players participating in the Olympics.
*With the Winnipeg Jets and Jacob Trouba still unable to agree on a contract extension, some are wondering about comparable contracts for the young D-man.
*In the strict interest of self-promotion, here’s my radio hit with Pete Sheppard and Jimmy Murphy on the Bruins from Monday afternoon.
*Marek Zidlicky is still a free agent option for teams seeking a cheap solution on their back end.
*PHT writer Cam Tucker has the Ottawa Senators and Cody Ceci agreeing on a two-year contract extension after a summer without a deal.
*The Minnesota Wild do the right thing and officially change their goal song to Prince’s “Let’s Go Crazy” for next season.
*For something completely different: there will be a "Hamilton" documentary and the question will be whether I see that before I see the actual play.
At his first practice since the incident, Tom Brady showed Jimmy Garoppolo how he managed to cut himself with scissors prior to Thursday’s preseason game with the Bears.
On Felger and Mazz, Tony Massarotti questions whether Tom Brady really missed Thursday's Patriots' preseason game against the Bears due to cutting his thumb in the locker room.