New England Patriots defeat Baltimore Ravens, 27-21

FOXBOROUGH - This one was better than the season-opening win over the Bills, even if it seemed unfathomable that the thrilling come-from-behind triumph could be topped.

It was much better than last week’s flawed victory over the Falcons, in which a frustrated Tom Brady became overheated on the bench at the offense’s inability to convert red-zone opportunities into touchdowns.

When the Patriots close the book on their 2009 season, it’s likely the 27-21 victory they sc...

FOXBOROUGH - It was almost as if every knife in Bill Belichick’s drawer was a Swiss Army.

With a struggling Joey Galloway scratched despite not being listed on the injury report, the Patriots again had four receivers active, but Belichick showed the Ravens so many different looks in the passing game yesterday it seemed as if they had an army of them.

One play, everything was reasonably normal. Randy Moss would be lined up wide right, Sam Aiken would be on the other e...

FOXBOROUGH - Admit it, you didn’t have faith in the Patriots’ defense entering this season.

The prevailing wisdom was that Tom Brady and the offense were going to have to carry an overhauled and overwhelmed defense that was without Mike Vrabel, Rodney Harrison, Tedy Bruschi, Richard Seymour, and an identity. Four weeks into the season, the Patriots’ defense has its identity - it’s better than you think.

Yesterday, the Baltimore Ravens came to Gillette Stadium with th...

FOXBOROUGH - Late in the second quarter, shortly after Terrell Suggs had lunged toward his legs, Tom Brady lobbied for enforcement of the rule named after him. The Patriots quarterback gestured for a penalty, the yellow flag subsequently landing at his feet as if he had just successfully executed a rain dance.

Ask and you shall receive?

“Of course,’’ Brady said yesterday when asked if he thought the play was truly a penalty. “They can’t go low. We learned that lesson...