Mike Reiss of the Boston Globe takes a look at the lack of offensive production from the Patriot tight ends. Though the Patriots have two tight ends in Bejamin Watson and Daniel Graham that are big,physical and athletic, production still remains an area of need. Watson has five catches (no touchdowns) and Graham just two, one of which was a touchdown. "That's a question a lot of people wonder, we wonder, and it's a question we don't have the answer to as tight ends," Watson said. "Our job is to run the routes, block whoever we're supposed to block, and it's on the quarterbacks and coaches to decide who they want to throw the ball to -- it depends on who is open at that time and who will give us the best chance to win games."
Mike Reiss of the Boston Globe breaks down the AFC East through four weeks of regular season play. Reiss writes that two teams projected to contend for the division crown -- Buffalo (1-3) and the New York Jets (1-3) -- are arguably in a tougher position than the Patriots. All three teams have been ravaged by injuries, the Bills losing starting linebacker Takeo Spikes and the Jets getting the double whammy with quarterbacks Chad Pennington and Jay Fiedler. If not for the surprising Dolphins (2-1), the entire division would be on the downswing.
Michael Felger of the Boston Herald offers a preview of this weeks matchup between the Patriots and the Falcons at the Georgia Dome.
Michael Parente of the Pawtucket Times breaks down the matchup between the Patriots defense and Falcons quarterback Michael Vick. Atlanta's explosive quarterback doesn't beat many teams with his arm, but his speed causes confusion and he can turn a broken play into a big gain with his unique scrambling ability. Against the Chargers, the Patriots showed they were vulnerable against the run and susceptible to the deep pass. Parente writes that Vick can exploit both weaknesses, though his speed is far more dangerous than the strength of his throwing arm. Vick gets a lot of his yards on cut-back runs, which is exactly what Tomlinson did last weekend.
Glen Farley of The Enterprise analyzes the Patriots season through four weeks of regular season play. At 2-2, the Patriots have had their ups and downs but continue to forge ahead as they continue to find team identity. "I think in the last couple of weeks, really all four weeks, we're a little bit of a team in transition," said Belichick. "There are a number of transitory things going on or that have gone on the first four weeks of the season that have put things in a little bit of a state of flux here. They weren't what they were a month ago. Some of them aren't like they were two weeks ago. Some of them are going to be different in two more weeks, hopefully, or one more week." Eric McHugh of the Patriot Ledger also offers a similar article.
Tom Curran of the Providence Journal offers his daily sports blog with Patriots notes and commentary.