Patriots chug to 28-7 halftime lead over Rams


Patriots chug to 28-7 halftime lead over Rams

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.

Report: Celtics 'expected' to talk to Mavs about deal for Bogut

Report: Celtics 'expected' to talk to Mavs about deal for Bogut

The Celtics reportedly are "expected" to talk to the Mavericks about a deal for Andrew Bogut, according to, but negotiations would be "dependent on what bigger move Boston can make".

Bogut, 32, is in the final year of his contract. The 7-foot center, while healthy, has played in only 26 games this year and is averaging just three points a game. But he's also averaging 8.3 rebounds in 22.4 minutes, and rebounding has been one of the Celtics' big areas of weakness this year. The C's rank 27th in the league in reboundinh, and 26th in defensive rebounding.

According to, the Mavs would part with Bogut for Tyler Zeller and one of Boston's first-round draft choices.