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BSJ Daily Briefing 12.03.17: Matinee sweep, Patriots at Bills

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Good morning!

A few random thoughts while we drive to New Era Field on a beautiful early December morning in upstate New York:

  • Seriously, the weather is the best I've ever seen it for this time of year. Normally it's grey and more grey. Perfect football weather this morning.
  • I'm almost stunned that Trey Flowers is out with a rib injury. Thought he was made of iron. Will be interesting to see what kind of pass rush the Patriots have without him. He's been the pass rush.
  • Tuukka Rask's starting to heat up. Ok, you guys are all hockey geniuses. I'm still keeping my #RideTheDobby bumper sticker.
  • Don't look now, but the Bruins are shaping up pretty good.
  • Didn't think we'd have this problem, but the Celtics are starting to make this look too easy. Wonder if people start tuning out a little bit until the spring. I said a little bit, not a lot.
  • I'm greatly enjoying this Marcus Morris "saga" (it's really not that bad, but whatever). It's obvious the Celtics are better with Aron Baynes in the starting lineup. Morris is better coming off the bench. He needs to deal with it.
  • One thing to keep an eye on right now though with the Celtics is the defense. They've been experiencing a bit of a dropoff there as the offense has improved, which is probably some natural regression to the mean. However, we haven't seen them at their best at both ends of the floor yet simultaneously. Will be curious to see if Stevens can find the right mix for that in the coming weeks.
  • Ben McAdoo may get fired tomorrow as Giants coach. That means the Josh McDaniels/Nick Caserio watch is officially on.
  • Of course, if I'm the Giants, I'm starting with Nick Saban and Jim Harbaugh. If Saban was ever going to jump back into the NFL, this is it. But I doubt it happens.

And away we go...

CATCHING UP

Patriots

NFL Notebook: Poll reveals Ty Law’s Hall chances gaining momentum
Patriots downgrade two more for Sunday — what does that mean for the rest of the roster?
Apropos of nothing: Patriots cornerbacks ratings through 11 games
Patriots release DL Ricky Jean Francois

Bruins

David Krejci’s presence vital to Bruins’ success
BSJ Game Report: Bruins 3, Flyers 0 — First shutout for Rask, goal for Spooner
Final: Bruins 3, Flyers 0
Analysis: Tuukka Rask was better vs. Lightning than you think, here’s why

Celtics

The Celtics are quickly morphing into an elite offense
Video: Kyrie Irving, Al Horford on the Celtics hitting 20 wins
BSJ Game Report: Celtics 116, Suns 111 — The bench saves the day
Live Coverage: Celtics 116, Suns 111

Red Sox

MLB Notebook: Ranking the Ohtani contenders; scouting reports on Sox players from Arizona Fall League and more

ON TAP

1 p.m.: Patriots at Bills, CBS (Bedard, Price)
1 p.m.: PGA Golf — Hero World Challenge (NBC)
2 p.m.: 
Bruins practice in Nashville (McDonald)

NFL Boston TV

1 p.m.: Minnesota at Atlanta (Fox)
4:25 p.m.: Carolina at New Orleans (Fox)
8:30 p.m.: Philadelphia at Seattle NBC

PARTING THOUGHT

McAvoy to Marchand. Man, I love the sound of that.

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