NFL Network analyst Michael Lombardi made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning, and his words were music to Patriots' fans ears, as he predicted a New England victory in Sunday's AFC championship game and had harsh words for the dysfunctional Jets.
"I think the Patriots will win 31-20," Lombardi said. "I think the Patriots are going to score. I think the Patriots are going to move the ball on them. I don't think that's going to be an issue."
Lombardi is concerned with how the aging Ravens defense will fare against New England's potent offense.
"They've got some real issues," he said. "Bernard Pollard has never been known for a coverage guy. He's an in-the-box safety. My man Ray Ray Lewis, for all the dancing and all the great performances and what a great career he's had, he's not suited to play a space game, defending the field horizontally and defending the field...
The Patriots will face the Rams in London on Oct. 28, the NFL announced Friday. The game will kick off at 1 p.m. EST and be televised live in the United States on CBS. It's part of a three-year deal involving "home" games for the Rams in London.
This will be the second game in England for the Patriots, who played there against Tampa Bay in 2009 and came away with a 35-7 win.
“We are honored to be selected for this year’s game and eager to return,” said Patriots chairman and CEO Robert Kraft. “We had such a great experience during our last visit to London. We are proud to have great support from our fans when we are on the road. The United Kingdom is home to some of our most passionate Patriots fans, including the UKPatriots, who are among our most active fan clubs overall, not just overseas. We look forward to another memorable experience.”
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Brewers star Ryan Braun reportedly began his appeal of his positive drug test Thursday, as the National League MVP attempts to avoid a 50-game suspension.
Braun is presenting his case to a three-member arbitration panel, according to the New York Daily News, and he'll have to prove that "the presence of a prohibited substance in his urine was not due to his fault or negligence."
Braun will receive his MVP award Saturday at the annual dinner of the New York chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America. He is expected to give a speech but not take questions from the media.
Read more about that story and others, plus check out videos, trivia and more, at Friday's Morning Mashup.
Richard Howell amassed 11 points and 16 rebounds as NC State toppled Boston College, 76-62, Thursday night in Raleigh, N.C.
Dennis Clifford scored 12 points for BC, which fell to 7-11 overall and 2-2 in ACC play. Jordan Daniels added nine points.
Scott Wood scored a game-high 16 points for NC State (14-5, 3-1), which shot 51 percent and outrebounded BC 44-28.
The game was tied at 21 midway through the first half when NC State took control, scoring 15 straight points (five by Howell). The Wolfpack led by 17 at the half (45-28) and as much as 24 in the second period. The closest the Eagles got in Period 2 was the final margin of 14.
BC returns home to host Wake Forest on Saturday afternoon.
For more BC news, visit The BC Blog.
Gregory Campbell led the way with a Gordie Howe hat trick as the Bruins got back to winning Thursday night, defeating the Devils, 4-1, in Newark.
Danius Zubrus set up Petr Sykora's 12th goal of the season late in the first period to give New Jersey the lead. The two teams played a scoreless second period before Andrew Ference tied the game with a shot from the top of the circle in the third period. Nathan Horton gave the B's their first lead of the night on the power play, scoring his third goal in the last two games.
Thirty-five seconds later, Campbell buried a rebound off a Shawn Thornton shot, giving the Bruins a two-goal lead with more than half a period left to play. Chris Kelly added an empty-netter.
Campbell's goal sealed the Gordie Howe hat trick for him, as he fought Brad Mills in the first period and assisted Ference's goal.
The Bruins will next play Saturday when they host the Eastern...
Patriots WR Julian Edleman joined Glenn, Lou, and Christian to talk about his Dad giving scouting reports on his QB prowess, how to play the Bills’ defense, Danny Amendola being on the cover of a magazine instead of him, and why players buy into the Patriots’ Culture.
Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount joined Glenn, Lou, and Christian to discuss hurdling defenders, the Buffalo game, and what Josh McDaniels would say if he offered to play Quarterback.
Kirk and Callahan with Mut welcome Patriots Monday guest Tim Hasselbeck to talk NFL QBs including the Brady / Jimmy G situation.
Sam Packard is joined by Celtics 2nd Round draft pick Abdel Nader to discuss his path to the the NBA and how he plans to improve his game. Sam then talks to Player Development Coach Nick Friedman from Elite Skills Training, the pre-Draft camp Nader attended. Friedman also gives his opinion on the Celtics performance at summer league and the development of Jaylen Brown.
Isaiah Thomas talks to Glenn and Lou about why he loves Boston, the NBA Money Bump, oh, and some Durant guy
Danny Ainge joins Glenn and Christian to explain the Celtics draft process; and he also discusses the trade rumors that permeated the night.
Joe and Tim talked to the Sox catcher, who caught 23 strikeouts from Sox pitchers in the extra-inning win in Tampa Bay.
Joe and Tim talk with the Red Sox DH, Big Papi, who provided the only offense for the Sox with a 2-run home run that gave the Red Sox a 2-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays
In the midst of the Patriots routing the Texans, Mut recaps the game marking the sweep of the Orioles. David Price picks up his 17th win as the Red Sox have all but cemented their strangle hold on the AL East. They finish their final game with Baltimore in a 5-3 win.
Joey Mac joins Ken Laird on his Saturday show to discuss the David Backes addition and Loui Eriksson departure in NHL free agency
DJ and Pete continue to assess the season that was for the Bruins and look toward the future for the franchise and how they can improve.
DJ and Pete are together for the final Sunday Skate of the season. They get into their overall thoughts on the season, the Bruins keeping Claude Julien on as head coach and the end-of-season press conferences last week. They discuss the rebuild process, what the Bruins need and how they can obtain it. Plenty of callers have their own theories and opinions on all of these topics as well.
The 6am hour upload from Monday with Mike Mutnansky in with Kirk and Gerry, with first thoughts from the guys on several of the big weekend stories in sports
Who is more important, Brady or Belichick? Tim Hasselbeck is pissed at Kirk and Gerry and Dan Le Batard cried.
Mut, Gerry and Kirk discussed a column ripping Ortiz and Kirk is pissed at Curtis.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian invite Anthony L. Fisher of "The Week" on the show to explain his article where he discusses why David Ortiz is a jerk and a fraud.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian are slightly taken aback by Peter King's Monday Morning Quarterback article where Paul Brown, not Bill Belichick is named the greatest Coach of all time.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian discuss the Jimmy G vs. Brady conundrum, and then delve into the atrocious AFC.
We check in with the playmaker, hall of famer Michael Irvin breaks down the Pats win over the Texans and whether or not he'll be changing those Lombardi trophies.
Dale, Michael and Jerry spend the majority of our show breaking down an amazing win for the Patriots on Thursday night football.
We look at four instances in the NFL in which Bill Belichick earned his 'genius' title for coaching.
Kirk Minihane sits down with the Boston Globes Sports Media Columnist, Chad Finn. Kirk and Chad talk about the long and storied feud between WEEI and the Boston Globe and the ongoing ratings war between WEEI and the Hub.
Kirk and Gerry talk about how the show is going since the departure of John Dennis, how the fill-in hosts have been doing so far, and what they are looking for in a third host.
Kirk Minihane loves TV and movies, he sits down with TV critic and author of the new book "TV (The Book)" Alan Sepinwall to discuss the best TV shows of all-time and which show should be number 1. Kirk and Alan disagree on which show is the best of all-time and they both have compelling arguments. Kirk and Alan talk about "Cheers" being one of the most underrated and forgotten TV shows of all-time.
Thomas and Conor give a breakdown of the BC-Wagner game this weekend and look forward to next week's Buffalo game.
Christian Fauria and Dr Gill talk about Andrew Benintendi's knee sprain and what that will mean going down the stretch, David Ortiz's ability to keep himself healthy at age 40, and how Pablo Sandoval can return from his season off.
After another big win for the Pats on Thursday night, New England rejoices so Jim Hackett and Pete Davidson get their thoughts in on the game, the Pats future at Quarterback and the difference between the Patriots organization and everyone else. Then the conversation turns to Fantasy Football featuring the slew of injured Runningbacks and who you need to get and start in their place, including Jerrick McKinnon, Charles Simms and Theo Riddick. The boys wrap it up with a look at solid Starts & Sits from RB to WR to TE. Something for every Fantasy Footballer and Football fan. Make sure you join Jim and Pete on Sunday at 8:00am for the WEEI Fantasy Football Hour.
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