1. Patriots Preview:

* Tight ends always scare me against the Patriots – Fleener – 22 catches / 4 TD

* TY Hilton is on pace for 100 catches / 1,666 yards

* They have 24 sacks to opponents 14 (six guys have at least three)

* Adam Vinatieri is 20 for 20 this year (that makes him and Gostkowski 44 for 45)

* Colts TD passes per game – Manning 1.92 / Luck 1.75 / Unitas 1.39

* Best draft pick – Raymond Berry – 232nd in 1954 – hall of famer Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: I’m Sick of Night Games »

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T.Y. Hilton, Coty Sensabaugh

When the Patriots face the Colts on Sunday, much of the hype surrounding the Colts offense will be centered on quarterback Andrew Luck, and rightfully so. Luck is already a star and is in the process of becoming the next great NFL quarterback, a generational talent. However, the person at the top of the Patriots’ priority list on defense this week should be wide receiver T.Y. Hilton.

When most of the elite receivers in the NFL are brought up the conversation generally shifts to larger, stronger body types such as Calvin Johnson, Julio Jones, Larry Fitzgerald and Josh Gordon. Hilton may not be as naturally gifted as those receivers at 5’9”, 178 pounds but he can create matchup nightmares for defenses. Continue reading How the Patriots Can Contain T.Y. Hilton »

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Have you seen Bruins forward Seth Griffith’s goal against the New Jersey Devils Monday night? In just his fourth career goal, Griffith goes behind-the-back and between-the-legs to score and break a 2-2 tie:

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When the NFL schedule was released in April, it was evident that the Patriots would have to battle through a tough stretch from late October through mid-December. That stretch began with a blowout home win against a Chicago Bears team that has talent but that has not lived up to expectations. The Patriots followed that with their most impressive win of the season, a 43-21 beat down of the Denver Broncos. This weekend they will have an opportunity to rest as they are on a bye. The stretch will ramp back up after this weekend.

The next game up for the Patriots will be a trip to Indianapolis to face the Colts. Andrew Luck is already an upper echelon quarterback and is becoming an elite signal caller. The Colts offense is red hot and Lucas Oil Stadium is one of the tougher NFL venues to play at. That game is followed by a home game against the Detroit Lions. Detroit has surprised many by consistently winning this season (6-2) and by being able to rattle off a 3-0 record without Calvin Johnson. Continue reading Next Five Games Will Provide Answers for Patriots »

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Louisville, 38; Boston College, 19

All season long, Boston College’s Tyler Murphy has been the best running quarterback in college football and one of the worst passers. On Saturday, his throwing inability was on full display in a home loss to Louisville (7-3) that dropped the Eagles to 2-4 at Alumni Stadium this season.

Murphy threw his first interception of the night, to safety Gerod Holliman, on the first play from scrimmage. The defense held the Cardinals to a 23-yard John Wallace field goal, and the offense regrouped to march downfield, where running back Jon Hilliman gave the Eagles the lead with a one-yard touchdown run. The Cardinals made it down to the two-yard line, but RB Brandon Radcliff lost the ball on a handoff and linebacker Steven Daniels recovered the fumble, preserving the 7-3 advantage. Continue reading College Football Week 11 Roundup: Murphy Implodes in Loss to Louisville »

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Marcus Smart (Charles Krupa/AP)

The air was sucked out of TD Garden early in the fourth quarter of Friday night’s win over the Pacers, when rookie sensation Marcus Smart went to the floor in obvious pain after stepping on Lavoy Allen‘s foot. On Saturday morning, tests confirmed a sprained left ankle and bone bruise for Smart, who is expected to miss the next two or three weeks.

The injury is not nearly as bad as it looked when Smart was being wheeled to the locker room on a stretcher, but it will necessitate some adjustments to the Celtics’ rotation. Smart averaged 6.8 points, 2.6 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.2 steals through his first five career games. He largely confirmed the scouting reports, showcasing some terrific defense and offensive bursts but shooting just 30.6 percent from the floor. Continue reading Smart Out 2-3 Weeks: Exploring the Celtics’ Options »

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Will Cam Newton finally reward fantasy owners in Week 10? (AP)

Even though the season is hitting the stretch run in fantasy leagues, the byepocalypse is hitting teams hard with six teams on bye, including the New England Patriots and the Indianapolis Colts. This could mean an easy win over a tough opponent or your chance to get back into the playoff picture. Whether you are hoping to stay afloat or just clinging to that final playoff pot, Week 10 is the week to make a move in your league.

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Cam Newton (vs. Philadelphia): The Eagles secondary looks dreadful this season and the run defense is subpar at best. This could mean a huge week for Newton and his pass catchers in Week 10. Plus, the last time these two teams met in 2012, Super Cam ran for two scores and threw for another pair. Could this be the return for Newton and a struggling Panthers team? Continue reading Fantasy Football Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em: Week 10 »

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