The Patriots improved to 2-0 on the preseason on Thursday night by defeating the Falcons, 28-10. Tom Brady completed 5-of-8 passes for 67 yards on the night. The show seemed to be stolen by the veteran running backs, the rookie tight ends, and the return on Wes Welker.
Welker had two catches for 20 yards, and the Patriots got some strong runs out of their veteran backs. First, Fred Taylor, who started the game, took a 21-yard run to the house for the Patriots' first touchdown. In the third quarter, Sammy Morris went 20 yards on a draw on third-and-12. Tight ends Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski also scored.
Head to the It Is What It Is blog for quick hits on the win.
Hideki Matsui clubbed a three-run homer off Josh Beckett in a four-run sixth inning as the Los Angeles Angels salvaged their only win against the Red Sox this season, 7-2, Thursday night at Fenway Park.
Beckett was staked to a 1-0 lead in the fourth when David Ortiz launched his 27th homer, a long shot to right off Angels starter Ervin Santana (13-8). But that would be the only big mistake the Angels hurler would make as the Los Angeles won for the first time in 10 tries against Boston in 2010. Beckett (3-3) allowed seven hits and six earned runs over 6 1/3 innings.
The loss dropped the Red Sox 6 1/2 games behind the front-running Yankees in the American League East, and seven back in the loss column.
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Jets coach Rex Ryan said he had a "heated" phone conversation with former Colts coach and current NBC NFL analyst Tony Dungy about Ryan's foul language during the HBO training camp documentary "Hard Knocks." Dungy, a devout Christian, criticized Ryan's frequent use of obscenities and suggested the commissioner step in and talk to the fiery coach.
Ryan called Dungy and left a message on Wednesday. On Thursday, the two men shared their feelings directly with each other.
"It was definitely heated," Ryan said with a smile. "We just talked man-to-man. It was good."
Added Ryan: "I wanted him to know how I felt. We talked man-to-man. He told me his position and I definitely told him my position. So, it was good."
The Patriots left 13 players behind when they departed for Atlanta this week. With the Pats set to face the Falcons in their second pre-season game, the following players are inactive: Linebackers Gary Guyton, Tully Banta-Cain, Jermaine Cunningham, Thomas Williams and Dane Fletcher, receivers Darnell Jenkins, and Matthew Slater, defensive backs Terrence Johnson, Bret Lockett, Josh Barrett and Leigh Bodden, offensive linemen Nick Kaczur, Logan Mankins, and George Bussey, and defensive lineman Damione Lewis.
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Wide receiver Wes Welker is in full uniform as the Patriots go through pregame activities before Thursday night's game vs. Atlanta. It is still not known if Welker will play in the contest, but if he does it will be his first game action since his ACL injury in the regular season finale January 3 at Houston.
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Hall of Famer Michael Irvin checks in with the Dale and Holley show and offers up some perspective on the Seahawks locker room situation, and whether the supposed discord amongst other players and quarterback Russell Wilson is part of the reason why the Seahawks have struggled on the field of late.
Devin McCourty discusses the dangerous Bears offense.
Jackie MacMullan joins MFB for the first time this season. She discusses the rejection of NBA lottery reform, Rajon Rondo, and the Celtics chances this season.
Kirk Minihane joins the We Hate Dwyane Wade Show to preview the upcoming Celtics season. Ben and Sam also discuss the Rajon Rondo/Jeff Green trade rumors and dabble in the classic NBA analytics debate.
Joe Castiglione does his annual wrap-up of the season by reading the poem by Bart Giamatti.
Mut and Rob discuss the "kids" and the variety of young bodies the Red Sox called upon this season. Specifically, they look at Bogaerts and Bradley, Jr. and where things went wrong. They give their opinions on which one will right the ship next season.
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Joe McDonald joins the guys to talk to about the Chara injury and how the Bruins will move forward without him.
Pierre McGuire joins the guys to talk about the Bruins, the Johnny Boychuck trade, and the rest of the NHL
We talk pucks with Jack Edwards of NESN for his take on an impressive win over the San Jose Sharks and the state of the B's in general.
Rodney discussed Russell Wilson and the Seahawks.
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The guys discussed Freeman's story on Russell Wilson.
Devin McCourty discusses the dangerous Bears offense.
We discuss another impressive win by Peyton Manning and the Broncos and think long term for the 2014 season about whether or not the Patriots will have enough firepower to beat the Broncos in crunch time: the playoffs.
We tackle four topics that pit Boston against Chicago in one form or another.
Mikey, Villani and Lenny are talking about the 2004 Red Sox on the anniversary of Game 4 of the ALCS with Dave Roberts steal abd Bill Mueller driving him in and what it was like to witness.
Mikey, Mut and Lenny are talking about the Patriots and how they have stacked up through the years and what got them to the three championships and five Super Bowl appearances in the Brady-Belichick era.
Mikey and Mut take a call from someone who wants to criticize Belichick the GM and his history of drafting players and making moves in the draft.
AJ Soares joins the show to talk about the Revs run to the playoffs, how Jermaine Jones has impacted the team, and should Lee Nguyen for MVP.
The Dennis & Callahan Show producers fight back.
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