A quick spin around the NFL: Very interesting and stat-based analysis of Devin McCourty from Pro Football Focus. James Farrior and Hines Ward may be out of Sunday's game between the Patriots and Steelers. Old friend and Pats' nemesis Jerricho Cotchery may get a bunch of Ward's reps, according to Steelers' offensive coordinator Bruce Arians. (In the same piece, Steelers' center Maurkice Pouncey says that his college teammate Brandon Spikes was a "monster" at Florida.) Three keys to stopping Tom Brady on Sunday, though that Steelers' defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau notes: "Ain't anybody figured that out too well." Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan predicts an ass-kicking for the Eagles if they are dwelling on his remarks about giving the Eagles an ass-kicking made during the summer. San Diego Union-Tribune writer Kevin Acee has defensive coordinator Greg Manusky in his sights.
The Red Sox take three separate leads on Sunday and hold on after a Hanley Ramirez two-run home run in the 7th inning to beat the Astros, 5-4.