Good morning! The First Shot provides you with a healthy helping of links to the top Patriots-related stories around the internet to get your day started. Enjoy your breakfast, your coffee, and kick off the weekend right with an early morning football fix. The links begin after the jump…
- The Patriots and the Giants will play their first meaningful game since Super Bowl XLI.
- In my view, the Patriots face a must-win game this Sunday. What do you think? Vote in the poll HERE.
- NFL Network’s Albert Breer is predicting a Patriot win this Sunday.
- LB Dane Fletcher has been ruled out of Sunday’s game, while 9 players, including Wes Welker, are questionable.
- Patriots Football Weekly’s Erik Scalavino and Andy Hart debate what’s a bigger concern; the offense or the defense…seriously.
- Tedy Bruschi gives the Giants the edge in his weekly ESPN Boston column, “Bruschi’s Breakdown.”
- Check out a roundup of Patriots-Giants picks by the ESPN staff.
- The Boston Herald’s Ian Rapoport chronicles some locker room hijinx from yesterday.
- SI’s Peter King feels the Pats should have drafted pass rushers instead of corners over the past few years.