FOXBORO --  Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Wednesday he's not overly concerned about charges from Minnesota Vikings head coach Brad Childress that he is one of the best "sign stealers" in the NFL. The Patriots handled the Vikings easily, 31-7, in their last meeting on a Monday night in 2006. 

 

Minnesota Vikings head coach Brad Childress stood by his comments of earlier in the week when he suggested the Patriots are "some of the all-time great signal stealers" in the NFL. But he added, during a conference call to Patriots' reporters on Wednesday, that every coach does it and they should be credited for being a great organization. 

 

After three-plus seasons with the Patriots, Sunday’s contest will mark the first time since 2005 that New England coach Bill



Patriots coach Bill Belichick isn’t going to get drawn into a war of words with Vikings coach Brad Childress.

Childress, who has jabbed at the Patriots several times in recent years, said Monday the Patriots were “some of the all-time great signal stealers,” and referenced a 2006 Monday Night game between the two teams at Minnesota’s Metrodome. Asked about the comments on a Tuesday conference call, Belichick said the focus right now is on Sunday.

For the second straight week, the Patriots occupy the No. 3 spot in the latest edition of the WEEI.com NFL Power Rankings, following New England's great escape from San Diego on Sunday. And while the Steelers' victory over the Dolphins may have smelled fishy, Pittsburgh nevertheless continues to sit atop the football world.

 

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Patriots quarterback Tom Brady joined the Dennis & Callahan show Tuesday morning for his weekly interview, and he talked about Sunday's win over the Chargers, the upcoming game against Randy Moss and the Vikings, and his views on the Celtics' chances on the day of their season-opener.

 

FOXBORO — Vikings coach Brad Childress took a shot at New England on Monday, saying the Patriots were “some of the all-time great signal stealers” and referencing a 2006 game played between New England and Minnesota as proof.

Report Card time and it's Myth Debunking Time when it comes to 4th-and-1.

Myth #1: "It's what Bill always does"



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FOXBORO — Despite the fact that Vikings quarterback Brett Favre was reportedly diagnosed Monday with two separate fractures in his left ankle, Patriots coach Bill Belichick gave no doubt Monday afternoon as to who they think will be under center for Minnesota when the two teams meet Sunday afternoon at Gillette Stadium.

Responding to a question as to whether or not they’ll be preparing as if Favre was going to play Favre, Belichick smiled.

Bill Belichick made his weekly appearance on The Big Show, chatting with Glenn Ordway, Fred Smerlas, and Steve DeOssie about the Patriots' victory over the Chargers on Sunday and the decision to go for it on fourth-and-1 late in the game on a play in which BenJarvus Green-Ellis was stopped for a loss. 

 

"I felt we would be OK with the play we had called. Obviously it didn't work out," Belichick said, adding that, "I need to do a better job in those situations with the plays."