Despite the offense running up 52 points, including 45 in the second half, CSNNE Patriots insider Tom E. Curran and SportsNet Central's Mike Giardi are talking defense in their breakdown of the Pats' 52-28 victory over the Bills.
The Pats were trailing 14-7 in the first half and about to go down by 10 or 14 with the Bills knocking on the door for another score when what Curran calls the play that changed the game occurred.
Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes forced a fumble that was recovered by Vince Wilfork and kept the Bills from extending their lead.
The defense made other plays, Curran said, besides that big one. "The Jerrod Mayo pick, the second Devin McCourty pick."
It was a pretty good bounce-back game for McCourty, who drew criticism for his play in a loss to the Ravens last week.
"Those two picks are what you expect from a guy who a first-round pick," Curran said.
The play of the safties, however, continues to be a concern. There were bad angles taken by both Patrick Chung and Steve Gregory on a long touchdown catch and run that put the Bills up 21-7 in the third quarter.
A bright spot in the secondary? The play of rookie Tavon Wilson, who had an interception and a fumble recovery.
It's official: Paul Pierce will play one more season -- but only one more season -- in the NBA.
The former Celtics star announced today in a video post on The Players Tribune site that he will return to the Clippers in 2016-17, then will retire at the end of the year.
"[I’ve] got one more ride left," said Pierce. "One more season. One more opportunity . . . With the Clippers, in the city where I grew up, I feel like I have that opportunity on a great team. We’re hungry. We want to win a championship."
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while finding it hard to believe that it’s game day for the Boston Bruins. Summer is officially O-V-A.
-- The Montreal media is starting to get on board with this tougher, grittier version of the Habs, along with a healthy Carey Price.
-- Pierre McGuire sits in with Ottawa’s TSN sports radio station and talks Team Europe in the World Cup, as well as a number of other things.
-- FOH (Friend of Haggs) Mike Zeisberger is already openly wondering what would happen in Canada if they lose to Team Europe in the best-of-three final to the World Cup.
-- FOH (Friend of Haggs) Puck Daddy Greg Wyshynski asks Brad Marchand if a part of him has thought about playing with Sidney Crosby on the Penguins if he hits free agency. Bells, alarms and whistles should be going off on Causeway Street to give No. 63 whatever he wants at this point. In case you missed it, I talked about the danger of Crosby trying to woo his Nova Scotian buddy to Pittsburgh last week.
-- PHT writer James O’Brien says it sounds like the St. Louis Blues are going to play a more aggressive brand of hockey this season.
-- For something completely different: Forbes Magazine says Pete Carroll, not Bill Belichick, should be considered the NFL’s foremost cheater.