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09/27/2010 - 10:57am
Meriweather: 'We stepped up' in clutch

Patriots defensive back Brandon Meriweather joined the Dale & Holley show Monday morning for his weekly Patriots Monday visit. Meriweather said that while the Patriots allowed 30 points to the Bills in Sunday's win, the defense came through when needed — as with his late fourth-quarter interception that sealed the victory. "When we had to get a play and we had to make a play, I feel like yes, we had some guys step up and make a play. ... We stepped up and had a lot of plays that needed to be made in crucial situations."

 

Asked why the Patriots have not lost to the Bills during Meriweather's tenure in New England, he said: "Great coaching. I think our coaches do a good job. Bill [Belichick] and the rest of the coaches get us ready for situational football, like what happened at the end of the game, and what happened at the end of the half. We go over situations like that all the time, and I think that was the...

09/27/2010 - 8:04am
Esiason on D&C: Pats have 'major problems'

CBS Sports NFL analyst Boomer Esiason checked in with the Dennis & Callahan show Monday morning for his weekly conversation. Esiason said that despite Sunday's win over the Bills, the Patriots clearly have issues that need to be addressed. "They have major problems on defense," Esiason said, focusing on the lack of a pass rush. "It is alarming. I think Bill Belichick realizes that."

 

Esiason said this puts additional pressure on Tom Brady to outscore the other team. "He's going to have to put up 35 points a week to win, because this defense has been so soft," Esiason said, adding: "If he has an off game, like he did in the second half last week [against the Jets], they're going to lose. And they're going to lose because that defense is not going to stop anybody. ... He doesn't have that kind of support around him [like teams with solid defenses]. Without that kind of support, he's going to have...

09/27/2010 - 6:44am
Mashup: Jets' Edwards contrite after win

Wide receiver Braylon Edwards, who did not start due to his DUI arrest earlier in the week, entered in the second quarter and played a key role in the Jets' victory over the Dolphins on Sunday night. Edwards was contrite and grateful after the game, but he's still taking plenty of heat in the New York papers. Read more about that controversy, plus check out other top stories, videos, trivia and more, at Monday's Morning Mashup.


09/27/2010 - 6:04am
Brady on D&C: Crowd was 'awesome'

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show on Monday to talk about Sunday's win over the Bills. Brady said despite public sentiment that the game was closer than it should have been, he doesn't have time for that talk, as the team needs to move on to focus on next week's game against the Dolphins. "These games end, and then really you just watch the film and then you move on," he said. "I'm telling you, you can't sit here and think, 'Man, I wish we won by two touchdowns last week.' It just doesn't matter. The reality is, now the clock's starting on Miami."

 

While the Patriots surrendered 30 points to the Bills, Brady said the defense will be OK as it gets more experience. "The thing out the defense is they've got a lot of talented players," he said. "They're all first- and second-round picks over there. … I've got a lot of confidence in those guys...

09/27/2010 - 1:47am
Hall: Sox 'put fear in [Yankees'] heart'

NEW YORK -- In the aftermath of their 4-3, 10-inning loss to the Yankees, the Red Sox were forced to face cold, mathematical reality. The team's hopes of an improbable comeback in the season's final week all but vanished with a defeat that moved the team's elimination number to 1. The Sox can do no better than match the 93-win total that both the Yankees and Rays already have achieved. A single Red Sox loss or a single victory by the Yankees and Rays will officially wipe out any Sox playoff aspirations.

 

And so, the Sox were left after the agonizing defeat on Sunday to both celebrate the character of a club that refused to concede the race and to take pride in having left the Yankees on the defensive. In particular, the Sox' victories in the first two games of the three-game weekend series engendered a measure of disquietude in the Bronx, resulting in the Yankees' decision after Saturday's game to have Phil Hughes -- whose start the club had...

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