FOXBORO -- After returing a kickoff 104 yards for a touchdown in Sunday's overtime win against the Jets, Devin McCourty was named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week Wednesday by the NFL.
The kick return quickly turned the momentum in the game after the Jets had taken an early 7-0 lead by scoring on their opening drive.
McCourty almost suffered the ultimate unfortunate turn of fate, fumbling a kickoff late in the fourth quarter that led to a Jets go-ahead field goal. McCourty said "my teammates saved my life" after the Patriots rallied for the game-tying field goal as time expired in regulation. The Patriots won it on a 48-yard field goal by Stephen Gostkowski in overtime and a strip-sack of Mark Sanchez by Rob Ninkovich.
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ESPN NFL analyst Mark Schlereth joined Dennis & Callahan on Wednesday morning for a discussion about the Patriots and other league news.
Schlereth, a former lineman who won three Super Bowls during his time in Washington and Denver in the 1990s, is as surprised as anyone at the Patriots' struggles of late.
"I'm sitting here kind of baffled as everybody else is," he said. "At what point does the switch get flipped, if you will? I know Tom Brady's come out [and said] it's hard to win in this league, it's hard, hard, hard. I get that. But still, you look at the Patriots [and think that] they're going to figure it out eventually because they always seem to. Just the AFC in general has been perplexing and a little bit baffling to me."
Schlereth isn't ready to predict a Patriots-Texans AFC championship game, despite the fact that New England and Houston are two of only three AFC teams with a record over .500 (along with the...
Forbes magazine has the results of a Nielsen/E-Poll Market Research survey of NFL fans that attempted to determined which players are the most and least popular. Ranking No. 1, with a 63 percent appeal rating, is Steelers defensive back Troy Polamalu. At the bottom of the list is Lions defensive end Ndamukong Suh, whose dirty play and off-field issues led to his 19 percent rating.
Other notable names with favorable ratings: Saints quarterback Drew Brees (62 percent), Packers DB Charles Woodson (62 percent), Broncos QB Peyton Manning (59 percent), Packers QB Aaron Rodgers (58 percent) and Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (58 percent).
Players with less-favorable ratings include: Bears QB Jay Cutler (21 percent), Eagles QB Michael Vick (23 percent) and 49ers wide receiver Randy Moss (24 percent).
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Former Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine, in an interview on NBC Sports Network that aired on Tuesday night, claimed that DH David Ortiz decided to bail on the 2012 season after his return from a right Achilles injury because he didn't want to play for a team that was out of contention. Ortiz went on the DL on July 16 after suffering the injury while running the bases on an Adrian Gonzalez homer.
"David Ortiz came back after spending about six weeks on the disabled list and we thought it was only going to be a week. He got two hits the first two times up, drove in a couple runs; we were off to the races," Valentine said on "Costas Tonight," in a transcript that appears on NBCSports.com. "Then he realized that this trade meant that we’re not going to run this race and we’re not even...
Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask suffered a groin injury playing for HC Plzen of the Czech Extraliga on Tuesday. According to a tweet from Czech play-by-play announcer Roman Jedlicka, Rask left the game after the first period.
Rask suffered an abdomen strain/groin strain last season, and he didn't play again after sustaining the injury on March 3 against the Islanders.
Said Rask to a Czech TV station following the game Tuesday: "I slightly pulled my groin. It is not serious. I had groin problems last year so I took a little rest just for precaution."
Rask's injury is the first reported injury suffered by a Bruins player playing overseas during the NHL lockout.
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Chris Price joins Chris Villani to talk about the Patriots and Ravens upcoming Monday Night Football game and the rivalry between the two teams.
Dale, Michael and Rich Keefe speak with ESPN's Trent Dilfer and look ahead to the match-up with his old team, the Baltimore Ravens.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen of 'The Dale and Holley Show' talk about last night's disappointing finish against the Rockets and they talk about their love for DeMarcus Cousins.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen of the 'Dale and Holley Show' talk about what the Celtics will need to do in order to be considered one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference along with the Cavs.
WEEI's Mike Petraglia talks with Josue Pavon about how the Celtics are looking better with Al Horford back on the court and the overall toughness of this team.
Sam Kennedy sits down with Mustard and Johnson to talk about the big off season for the Red Sox so far.
Trenni and Tomase sit down with John Farrell and talk to him about the trades and free agent signings that took place at the MLB winter meetings. They also talk about Pablo Sandoval, how his training is going in Florida and what to expect from him this upcoming year.
Dave Dombrowski joins Trenni and Tomase at Christmas at Fenway. They talked about the huge trade for Chris Sale, other off season moves and expectations for the upcoming season.
Hour two of Saturday Skate as Ken Laird and Rear Admiral take a more league-wide view of things with the Bruins' 28 games into the season
Ken Laird and Rear Admiral talk about the Bruins week that was, featuring five more goals from David Pastrnak, a Thursday clunker, and the Saturday call-up of Danton Heinen with a prospect update from Mark Divver of the Providence Journal
Hour two of Saturday Skate after a Bruins 2-1 over Buffalo, with Ken Laird and Rear Admiral debating the status of Krejci, Chara, Krug and Bergeron.
Damien Woody praises Tom Brady's work ethic and thinks he can play three or four more seasons. Woody thinks Brady pushed the limits on Deflategate but it didn't play a role in the Patriots beating the Colts in the 2014 AFC Championship game.
No One is safe from OMF's Whiner Line.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian talk about Dont'a Hightower's forceful response to a question about the "Improving" Patriots Defense.
We check in with the playmaker for his weekly visit on the Dale, Holley and Keefe show.
Dale and Rich disagree again on this one... is LG a product of the system here or is he one of the NFL's best runningbacks?
Dale and Rich Keefe speak to Peter King about Patriots/Ravens and several other NFL topics.
Kirk Minihane, WEEI Podcast King, talks to the Podcast Godfather Adam Carolla about his new documentary about Le Mans, the backlash from the Election, and his time with Donald Trump on the Apprentice. The audio quality isn't great but the conversation is.
Kirk Minihane is a non-believer, Larry Johnson is a preacher, when Larry found Kirk doesn't believe in God he challenged Kirk to allow him on to the podcast to talk about religion and faith. Kirk and Larry have a tremendous conversation about God and Larry tries to convert Kirk into a believer.
The final episode of 2016 covers BC's bowl game against Maryland on December 26 in Detroit.
Mike Mutnansky returned to his K&C family after a short hiatus, full of spirit and some hate, and impressed on a Patriots Friday showing. Ken Laird and Chris Curtis (with Intern Kyle) have the audio rundown
K&C Producers Ken Laird and Chris Curtis are back at it after Thursday's non-Casting Couch show to discuss the day's program and deliver the day's best soundbytes.
Mike Lombardi thinks the Patriots should trade Jimmy Garoppolo to the Cleveland Browns for a first-round pick next season. Mick Jagger will be a father to his eighth child at age 73 and the most overpaid actors and actresses in Headlines. The guys discuss Mut's internal struggle as to whether or not he should have a vasectomy.More from this show