Entering week 13, veteran Patriots players are warning the 11 rookies of "The Wall," writes the Boston Globe. It's a time when meetings seem longer, practice feels harder, but most believe "The Wall" is more mental than physical. Rookie Patriots cornerback Devin McCourty said he hit a wall earlier in the year and has since broken through. Rookie tight end Rob Gronkowski says, if you hit the wall, you've just run out of motivation. And 11-year veteran running back Sammy Morris simply "feel(s) great."
The flip side to "The Wall" is a Patriots team that "prides itself on thriving after Thanksgiving," the Boston Herald writes. If history serves as any sort of barometer for things to come, next Monday Night's matchup against the New York Jets may very well set the tone for how New England's 2010 season will go down in the record books. Also, look at the Patriots success after Thanksgiving with coach Bill Belichick, in the Herald.
The Boston Globe analyzes the numbers of the Patriots defense and the verdict looks dire, with most of New England's problems occurring on third-down plays, when most offenses typically pass the ball. "They'll likely have to do more, both in the pass rush and coverage," the Globe writes.