Dan Duggan of the Boston Herald writes about the production BenJarvus Green-Ellis over the past two years. Since the start of the 2010 season, Green-Ellis has 18 touchdowns which is tied for the league lead with Minnesota's Adrian Peterson. "It's always a challenge, and you always want to be able to step up to the plate and knock it out of the park, and we were able to do those things," Green-Ellis said. "But it's just not an individual effort. There are always 11 guys out there. Nothing happens, without those guys up front and I think they did an extremely good job of getting to where we need to get to and allow me to make reads and cuts off those guys."
Julian Benbow of the Boston Globe writes about the journey of multiple Patriots players from special teamer to impact player. Starters like Rob Ninkovich, BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Kyle Arrington, and special teams captain Matt Slater have all made their way through the ranks by excelling in special teams. "I know it probably doesn't make any sense, but that's really the way it works,'' said coach Bill Belichick. "You're not the starting running back or you're not a starting whatever if you can't play in the kicking game, then it's hard to get those players active on the game day. If you do play in the kicking game, that leads to more opportunities offensively or defensively.''
Paul Kenyon of the Providence Journal writes about the challenge Tom Brady and the Patriots offense will face while preparing for another Ryan brother defense. Dallas defensive coordinator Rob Ryan was Cleveland's defensive coordinator last season, when the Browns upset the Patriots, 34-14, the last time the Patriots have been held below 30 points. "He's a great coach; he gets those guys playing hard," Brady said of Rob Ryan. "I think they're very talented. They've got a bunch of good skill-type players over there. Terence Newman, I played against him a bunch of times, he's a phenomenal player. Michael Jenkins on the other side is great, (DeMarcus) Ware — he can get after the quarterback, so they really get pressure on the quarterback from everybody."
Chris Forsberg of ESPNBoston.com writes about the return of Dan Gronkowski to the Patriots roster. After a 19 day injury absence, Gronkowski and his healthy hamstring returned to Foxboro. "You just come right back in and you're part of the team again," said Gronkowski. "I gotta remember everything... but it's right back to business now, we're focused on Dallas."
Mark Farinella of the Sun Chronicle writes about the Patriots focus on stopping the Cowboys pass rush. "They can really run sideline to sideline," Tom Brady said. "They track a lot of plays down from behind. Everything is very well coordinated. They've got a bunch of different things that they do. It's certainly not easy to prepare for."