Patriots turn it on in the second half

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Patriots turn it on in the second half

Our CSNNE Patriots postgame show crew breaks down the Patriots' 52-28 victory over the Bills in Buffalo in which a 35-0 second-half run put the game away.

Despite the victory there were some concerns over the defense and over kicker Stephen Gostkowski, who missed two first-half field goals. His inconsistent performance is making Ty Law and Troy Brown wonder if there's a confidence problem for the kicker.

One member of the defense that Law and Brown aren't concerned about is linebacker Brandon Spikes. He was Law's MVP of the game and Brown went so far as to dub him, "the best linebacker against the run in the NFL."

From Buffalo, Mike Giardi and Tom Curran talk about how the team was teetering on the edge of falling to 1-3 after a disappointing first half, and then falling behind 21-7 at the start of the third quarter. A half-hour later, they were in control of the game after the offensive outburst.

Drellich: MLB could explain umpire rulings more often

Drellich: MLB could explain umpire rulings more often

BOSTON — We know that Red Sox manager John Farrell did something wrong. In the absence of any sort of formal announcement otherwise, we’re left to assume the umpires did everything properly — but there’s room for MLB to make that clearer.

If the NBA can put out Last 2 Minute reports, why can’t MLB provide more regular explanations or reviews of contested calls?

Farrell on Tuesday said he’d like to see more public accountability in the umpiring realm, hours before the manager was to sit out Game No. 77. Farrell was suspended one game for making contact with crew chief Bill Miller on Saturday night as manager and umpire rained spittle on each other over a balk call that went against the Sox.

Well, was it a balk or not? Did Miller do anything wrong as well?

“I don’t know if there was anything levied on the other side,” Farrell said. “I don’t know that.”

But would he like such matters to always be public?

“I think there have been strides made in that way,” Farrell said. “I guess I would. I think everyone in uniform would prefer that to be made public. Whether or not that happens, I don’t know, but that would be a choice I would make.”

The league has a thorough internal review system. But it is just that: internal. Most of the time, any way.

On most every night at Fenway Park, there is someone on hand watching just the umpires and reviewing them.

MLB, to its credit, has announced suspensions for umpires in the past. The league has made public acknowledgments when calls have been made incorrectly. More of that seems viable — even if it’s an announcement to reaffirm that the call was made and handled properly, and here are the reasons why.

“I haven’t received any further determination or review of what transpired,” Farrell said. “My position, my stance, remains steadfast. I still firmly believe that time was called [before the balk call was made]. I wasn’t arguing the balk. I was arguing the timing of it. As I reiterated today to those that I spoke with, I still stand by my side of the argument. Unfortunately, there was contact made.”