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  1. Wildstar02301 Force Ghost

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    Friday's injury reports...

    Patriots

    Doubtful: LB Eric Alexander (DNP, hamstring), CB Lewis Sanders (DNP, hamstring), WR Kelley Washington (DNP, ankle)

    49ers

    Out: OT Jonas Jennings (shoulder), CB Shawntae Spencer (knee)
    Doubtful: LB Manny Lawson (DNP, hamstring)

    For the Patriots, WR Wes Welker, limited in practice with a groin problem yesterday, returned to full practice today and was removed from the report.
  2. Wildstar02301 Force Ghost

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    I'm sure many of us were thinking the Red Sox would win last night and the Pats would probably lose yesterday, but as it was, it was the other way around. Oh well, at least Matt Cassel looked like Brady on that 66 yd. hookup w/ Randy Moss. :D
  3. WifeofVader Jedi Knight

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    ALCS... here we come!

    I don't think I have any finger nails left after the game last night... LOL

    Can't wait for the ALCS. Going to be a great series I think!
  4. Wildstar02301 Force Ghost

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  5. Wildstar02301 Force Ghost

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    This week's power rankings round-up...

    ESPN: #9
    CBS SportsLine: #9
    Fox Sports: #11
    Sports Illustrated: #6
    Football Outsiders: #23
    Cold, Hard Football Facts: #11
    ESPN SportsNation: #9

    This week's power rankings mostly have the Patriots still a playoff contender, but, as Dr. Z at Sports Illustrated said, the jury's still out. The Giants, Super Bowl winners and the unanimous #1, have something in common with the Patriots, as Cold, Hard Football Facts pointed out: neither team has yet to recover an opponents' fumble this season.
  6. Wildstar02301 Force Ghost

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    Wednesday's participation reports, late because both teams are on the west coast (the Patriots opting to stay and practice on the west coast rather than fly back home)...

    Patriots

    Did Not Participate In Practice: LB Eric Alexander (hamstring), RB LaMont Jordan (calf), WR Kelley Washington (ankle)
    Limited Participation In Practice: CB Lewis Sanders (hamstring)
    Full Participation In Practice: RB Laurence Maroney (shoulder)

    Chargers

    Did Not Participate In Practice: WR Chris Chambers (ankle), RB LaDanian Tomlinson (toe), LB Jyles Tucker (hamstring)
    Limited Participation In Practice: FB Mike Tolbert (ankle)
  7. Wildstar02301 Force Ghost

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    Thursday's participation reports...

    Patriots

    Did Not Participate In Practice: LB Eric Alexander (hamstring), RB LaMont Jordan (calf), TE David Thomas (flu), WR Kelley Washington (ankle)
    Limited Participation In Practice: K Stephen Gostkowski (right thigh), RB Laurence Maroney (shoulder), CB Lewis Sanders (hamstring)

    Chargers

    Did Not Participate In Practice: WR Chris Chambers (ankle), WR Vincent Jackson (knee), LB Jyles Tucker (hamstring)
    Limited Participation In Practice: CB Antonio Cromartie (hip), FB Mike Tolbert (ankle), RB LaDanian Tomlinson (toe)
  8. Wildstar02301 Force Ghost

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    Friday's injury reports...

    Patriots

    Doubtful: LB Eric Alexander (DNP, hamstring), RB LaMont Jordan (DNP, calf), WR Kelley Washington (DNP, ankle)
    Questionable: RB Laurence Maroney (LP, shoulder), CB Lewis Sanders (LP, hamstring)

    Chargers

    Doubtful: WR Chris Chambers (DNP, ankle), LB Jyles Tucker (DNP, hamstring)
    Probable: CB Antonio Cromartie (FP, hip), WR Vincent Jackson (FP, knee), FB Mike Tolbert (FP, ankle), RB LaDanian Tomlinson (FP, toe)
  9. Wildstar02301 Force Ghost

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    Michael Felger's report card for game @ Chargers

    Cassel certainly got his share of the blame (a D), but the D-line (which had no pressures all day) and secondary (which kept getting beat deep) got the Fs.

    Anyone think the Sox can still pull this out?
  10. Wildstar02301 Force Ghost

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    Wednesday participation reports

    Figured I'd link the participation reports from yesterday rather than type them out b/c I got a late start today & the Broncos' report was rather long.
  11. sithkeith1701 Jedi Knight

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    JUST KEEPING THE FAITH WITH THE RED SOX!!!! GO SOX!!! NEVER COUNT THEM OUT!!! SOX IN 7!!!
  12. Wildstar02301 Force Ghost

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    That link I gave yesterday should be good for the Thursday participation reports, too.

    BTW, Go Sox! :D :D :D
  13. WifeofVader Jedi Knight

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  14. sithkeith1701 Jedi Knight

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    Yes GO Phillies.

    Just to say about the rays fans, if that place was Fenway, fans would have been at the stadium until they got thrown out. That place was cleared out within 35 minutes of the win..... I bet if the Rays lost, all those fans would have gone home to get their red sox jerseys. Bunch of Bandwagone Florida Fans.... LOL

    Just a thought!!!
  15. WifeofVader Jedi Knight

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    Two nights in a row now... the B's have a great game and lose it in the shoot out.

    Hope they get it together soon. :)
  16. Wildstar02301 Force Ghost

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    Michael Felger's report card for game v. Broncos

    Much better grades overall, as would befit a blowout performance. Two of Felger's "Downs", however, were players drafted this year, an indication of the slow start that draft class, other than LB Jerod Mayo, has gotten off to.

    I didn't have power rankings last week b/c the Fox Sports one came abnormally late and I missed that one on the day of publication. I should have this week's later, however.
  17. Wildstar02301 Force Ghost

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    And here it is, this week's power rankings round-up...

    ESPN: #9
    CBS SportsLine: #9
    Fox Sports: #16
    Sports Illustrated: #8
    Football Outsiders: #22
    Cold, Hard Football Facts: #12
    ESPN SportsNation: #8

    It's pretty hard to pin this Patriots team down as either a playoff contender or an also-ran at this point, and that was exemplified by Tim Graham's comment on the Patriots on ESPN's ranking: "Who are these guys, and when are they going to string together two similar performances in a row? Their games will feature a lot of points. We just don't know if they'll be scoring them or surrendering them."
  18. Wildstar02301 Force Ghost

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    I've been slacking all week, so here are Friday injury reports

    Of note for the Patriots is that RB Sammy Morris, who had the big first half against the Broncos Monday night, did not practice all week and is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Rams. It could be a wash, however, as the Rams list their feature back, Stephen Jackson, as questionable for Sunday.
  19. WifeofVader Jedi Knight

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    Phillies were so close they could smell it... until the rain came last night!

    1st time ever a World Series game had to be suspended for weather.

    They finish the game tonight beginning at 8pm and, hopefully, win the World Series!

    Go Phillies!
  20. Wildstar02301 Force Ghost

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    Michael Felger's report card for game v. Rams

    The defense was the star of this one. The D-line got an A, and I figure Richard Seymour was a big part of that...he's finally fully healthy and playing like his old All-Pro self.

    Tonight, we get to see something that was common in the old Boston Garden, but that will happen for the first time in the new building: the Celtics hoisting a championship banner to the rafters. :D
  21. Wildstar02301 Force Ghost

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    This week's round-up of the power rankings...

    ESPN: #7
    CBS SportsLine: #7
    Fox Sports: #12
    Sports Illustrated: #8
    Football Outsiders: #23
    Cold, Hard Football Facts: #8
    ESPN SportsNation: #7

    As Cold, Hard Football Facts noted, Sunday night's game in Indianapolis doesn't mean as much now as it looked like it would be in the pre-season, as the Patriots are without Tom Brady and Peyton Manning's Colts are under .500. In any event, November, the month where the contenders separate themselves from the pretenders, is looming.
  22. DarthWormie Jedi Master

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    Gotta disagree with that train of thought. While it may not mean what everyone thought it would, it still means alot to both teams. To the Colts a loss means the playoffs are all but a pipe dream. To the Pats, a loss would give them 3 in the conference, not good for the tie breaker at the end of the season if they're tied with a couple of teams.

  23. Wildstar02301 Force Ghost

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    Michael Felger's report card for game @ Colts

    The receivers seemed to get the largest share of the blame for this one, due to Jabar Gaffney's drop and David Thomas's penalty. The coaches' grade was higher than it could have been because, other than the 12-men challenge and the timeout on 4th and 1, they did most of the other things well.
  24. Wildstar02301 Force Ghost

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    This week's power rankings round-up...

    ESPN: #12
    CBS SportsLine: #10
    Fox Sports: #10
    Sports Illustrated: #9
    Football Outsiders: #23
    Cold, Hard Football Facts: #9
    ESPN SportsNation: #13

    Two more-or-less related items from the comments this week:


    • Adrian Hasenmayer at Fox Sports thought the Patriots' defense, which has given up the fewest points in the AFC East, can keep them on top of their division.

    • Cold, Hard Football Facts notes, however, that the Patriots have intercepted 8 passes in their 8 games so far this season. Last season, after 8 games, they had intercepted 11, and Asante Samuel, now with the Eagles, had 4 of those.


  25. Wildstar02301 Force Ghost

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    Wow...this Bruins team may actually be worth our attention. A couple of things to consider...


    • G Tim Thomas is off to a hot start, leading the league in save percentage and sitting in second in goals against average. He posted back-to-back shutouts last week on the road against Edmonton and Vancouver, the first Bruins netminder to record back-to-back shutouts since Byron Dafoe in 1999.

    • The Bruins had just one player score a hat trick all last season: Phil Kessel early on. The Bruins have already had two players score hat tricks: Milan Lucic (who's reminding many of Cam Neely) and Blake Wheeler (his hat trick coming last night against the Leafs).


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