FOXBORO -- BenJarvus Green-Ellis rushed 17 times for 112 yards and two touchdowns and the Patriots defense knocked out Brett Favre late in the fourth quarter as the Patriots beat the Vikings, 28-18, Sunday at Gillette Stadium.
Tom Brady completed 16-of 27 passes for 240 yards and a brilliant 65-yard scrambling touchdown pass to Brandon Tate as the Patriots won their fifth straight game and claimed sole of possession of first place in the AFC East with a 6-1 record. That's a game better than the 5-2 Jets, who were shut out at home, 9-0, by Green Bay on Sunday.
Randy Moss caught just one pass for eight yards in his return to New England. Favre was knocked out of the game when Myron Pryor drilled him under the chin. Favre was helped to the sideline and then moments later taken off the field on a cart after having his face and head examined. He did not return to the game.
Vikings quarterback Brett Favre was driven from his team's game with the Patriots Sunday with 7:31 left in the contest when New England defensive lineman Myron Pryor hit him under the chin on a 3rd-and-goal from 4-yard-line.
Favre was helped off the field by the Vikings' medical staff, and promptly replaced by Tavaris Jackson. After Minnesota was granted an automatic first-down on the Favre pass thanks to illegal contact on Pats' cornerback Jonathan Wilhite. The Vikes' backup quarterback would toss a one-yard TD pass to Naufahu Tahi, along with a two-point conversion toss to Percy Harvin, to cut the Patriots' lead to 21-18.
The official statement regarding Favre, who was brought to the locker room on a cart with the Gillette Stadium crowd supplying a smattering of boos, was that the quarterback had suffered a "laceration." Favre left the game having gone 22-for-32, passing for 259 yards and one interception....
Shaquille O'Neal didn't practice Sunday and it is uncertain whether he'll be ready to play Tuesday when the Celtics play at Detroit. O'Neal banged his fibula against the leg of Amar'e Stoudemire in Friday's game against the Knicks. He limped back to the locker room and didn't return. "I always have a freak injury," he said Sunday. "We’ll be all right." O'Neal said that he hopes to practice Monday and that he is taking it day by day.
The Celtics did get good news when Jermaine O'Neal returned to practice after missing Friday's game with swelling in his knee. "It’s been rough to be honest," he said. "I’m not going to lie. I’m disappointed."
If Shaq can't play Tuesday, Jermaine O'Neal would probably move into the starting lineup, Doc Rivers said. If they both can't play, Semih Erden would be next in line. Rivers would prefer to continue bringing Glen...
Delonte West spoke after practice Sunday about the fight between him and Von Wafer Friday afternoon. "It’s not that serious," he said. "We’ve moved past that. We’re competitive guys. I’m competitive, he’s competitive. As long as it’s for the betterment of the team there’s nothing wrong with healthy competition and pushing each other to get better. Things went a little too far at the same time we’re ready to move past that. We’re professionals and we’re on to something different."
West disputed the initial report about the incident. "I read the reports and a lot of things were taken out of context," he said. "Facts were made up that were not true how things played out. Guys get into scuffles or whatever you want to call it. At the end of the day we’re like brothers in here. We’re competitive. We’ve got fiery guys in here. You...
FOXBORO -- In a mild surprise, safety Pat Chung will be inactive for today's game against the Minnesota Vikings. Chung suffered a bruised knee in last week's win over the San Diego Chargers. Meanwhile, Deion Branch, who suffered a mild hamstring strain and will play for the Patriots.
The inactive for the Patriots are: Chung, OL Mark LeVoir, DL Kyle Love, OL Rich Ohrnberger, S Jarrad Page, WR Taylor Price, WR Matthew Slater and RB Fred Taylor.
For the Vikings, cornerback Lito Sheppard will sit this one out. Their complete inactive list reads as follows: QB Joe Webb (3rd QB), WR Hank Baskett, S Tyrell Johnson, CB Lito Sheppard, RB Albert Young, LB Erin Henderson, G Chris DeGeare and DT Jimmy Kennedy.
Greg and Chris talk with Mike Reiss from ESPN Boston in hour 2 of NFL Sunday to discuss a variety of offseason happenings with the Pats and throughout the league. Greg and Chris also get into the NFL Draft and where Mariota and Winston will go.
Mike Reiss calls the guys to talk about the offseason news for the Pats. He talks about the Pats/Jets tampoering fiasco, free agency, where he sees Ridley and Connolly ending up, if the Patriots would be interested in Reggie Wayne and more.
In the first hour of the show, Greg and Chris discuss the news coming out of the owners' meetings this week and rule changes. Belichick's blow-up over the league not wanting to spend on endzone cameras was well documented and the guys react. They also talk about the Jets ridiculous tampering charges, free agents still lingering out there, where Stevan Ridley will land and the RB position in New England. Dickerson and Price briefly discuss the adventures of Tom Brady before being joined by WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia to talk all things Pats in the offseason.
Brow Buff's Sam Packard and Ben Kichen break down Marcus Smart's unfortunate ball tap, debate leadership in the Celtics locker room, and rehash the great Kevin Love to Boston rumors.
Flannery joins Mut to break down the Isaiah Thomas trade to Boston and what it means for the Celtics this season and in the future. Paul also chats with Mut about the other deals that happened at the NBA's trading deadline
We talk to Chris Mannix from SI to break down the C's acquisition of Isaiah Thomas and the crazy trade deadline in the rest of the NBA.
Joe and Alex talked with the Sox AGM about the state of the team as Opening Day approaches.
Mut, Tomase, and Bradford kick things off talking about Shane Victorino taking offense to people reading into some comments he made about trading for Cole Hamels. They also discuss Blake Swihart and how soon he could be up if Christian Vazquez starts the season on the DL.
Joe Kelly joined the Hot Stove show where he talked about being ready for his next spring training start after a biceps ailment forced him out of his last outing, he talks about his NCAA brackets and how teammate Wade Miley has a perfect bracket still.
Peter Chiarelli joined the Sunday Skate crew to talk about the Bruins playoff push heading into the final handful of games of the regular season. Chiarelli talked about avoiding some of the overly negative feedback he gets while realizing that the team does have real issues. He discusses what went down at the trade deadline and if he was happy with the outcome, Lucic having a down year and underperforming, the salary cap and if he considers it as big of an issue as it's been made out to be and what the future holds for the team.
It's a big hour #2 for the Sunday Skate dudes - they talk about the B's defenseman and what the future looks like at that position, with both moves the team can make and younger guys in the AHL. They also get into the Bruins philosophy on bringing guys up and sending them back down and how players deal with that. Finally, the boys are joined by Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli to discuss EVERYTHING.
The Sunday Skate crew gets the show going discussing the Bruins big, impressive victory over the NY Rangers yesterday. What can you take from that game? According to LB - Lyndon Byers - who called the guys from the road, not a lot. LB drops a dime on what was going on with the Rangers yesterday. DJ and Joe discuss Claude's lines and groupings and the importance of Ryan Spooner. They also get into Lucic, his contributions this year and if he can turn things around.
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The guys opened the show by discussing the Presidents visit yesterday.
Michael Holley comes in for the crossover, and continues the discussion with Tim over what will happen if the Patriots face any type of punishment for the deflated footballs in the AFCCG.
With the Wells report seemingly wrapping up (we hope), Tim and Lou got to talking about possible fines and punishments the Patriots must face. It's possible that the Patriots will face a small fine, but should they take that laying down? The conversation brings out a little passion from BOTH sides.
Jackie Mac talks about the Celtics win over the Hornets last night and their chances of making the playoffs.
Dale, Michael and Jerry Thornton discuss Robert Kraft's testimony and the Hernandez trial overall as it continues to unfold.
We wrap up the day with the best in sound that you may have missed from throughout the day.
Dale, Michael and Jerry discuss 'Pasta' and his solid rookie year, and make a few statistical comparisons.
Chris Price joins Mut to talk about how Revis will heat up the Jets-Pats rivalry next season
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Mikey, Mut, and Lucy are talking about all things New England sports, the Red Sox spring training, more Darrelle Revis and Jets talk, and some Bruins mixed in.
Will Noonan joins Chris in the studio to review Wrestlemania and Raw.
Dino, Gerry and Kirk talk about Kirk's massage and crap all over Sausage.
Ben and Adam finish the odyssey that is the history of Wrestlemania. Wrestlemanias 21-30 are discussed and analyzed.
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