On Monday, former New England Patriots wide receiver Terry Glenn died in a car accident. He was 43-years-old.

According to reports, the accident occurred in Irving, Texas. No details on the cause of the crash have been released yet.

Glenn was drafted seventh overall out of Ohio State University in the 1996 NFL draft and played six seasons with the Pats – making the Pro Bowl in 1999 and 2001. He caught 329 passes, racked up 4,669 total yards and had 22 touchdowns for the team. He also caught quarterback Tom Brady’s first career touchdown pass.

In five postseason games with the Pats, Glenn caught 21 passes good for 317 total yards.

After his time in New England was over, Glenn played a season for the Green Bay Packers and five seasons with the Dallas Cowboys.  He ended his 12-year career catching 593 passes for 8,823 yards and 44 touchdowns.

New England quarterback Tom Brady completed 30 of his 37 passes en route to a 33-8 win over the Oakland Raiders in Mexico City on Sunday afternoon.

It was all New England in this game as Brady threw for 339 total yards and held the opponents offense to below 20 points for the sixth-consecutive game.

It all got started in the first after Brady went 9-for-9 – including two third-down completions to wide receiver Danny Amendola before completing a 15-yard touchdown pass to running back Dion Lewis for the 6-0 lead before kicker Stephen Gostowski made it 7-0 with his point-after try.

New England scored 23 unanswered points thanks to Gostkowski, Lewis and wide receiver Brandin Cooks. Cooks had six catches on the afternoon for 149 total yards. He was without a doubt Brady’s most valuable target while Lewis had 10 catches for 60 total yards.

In the second quarter, Brady connected with Cooks with a 52-yard pass, Gronkowski for 14 yards and ended it by finding Amendola in the endzone.

It wasn’t all the offense that helped lead the way to the victory, the defense held the Raiders scoreless until the fourth quarter. They also forced two turnovers for the fifth time this season.

Up  14-0, Gostowski made a 62-yard field goal to give New England a 17-point lead. The 62-yarder set a franchise-record and was also the seventh-consecutive time the team scored in the final minute of the opening half.

Another touchdown and three field goals later, the Pats were 33-0 before Oakland their scoring drought. Carr connected with wide receiver Amari Cooper before connecting with fellow wide receiver Michael Crabtree for a two-point conversion.

That’s all the Raiders would muster as they handed the 33-8 victory over to the Patriots who are now tied with the Pittsburgh Steelers for an AFC-best record of 8-2.

Carr only went 28-for-49 on the afternoon with 237 total yards as Oakland fell to 4-6 on the season.

New England will be heading back home to Foxboro to take on their AFC opponent the Miami Dolphins (4-6) at Gillette Stadium.

Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.

On Saturday, the National Hockey League announced the 2019 Bridgestone Winter Classic will feature the Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks.

The Original Six showdown will take place on Jan. 1, 2019 at Notre Dame Stadium.

This will be Boston’s third appearance in the New Year’s Day matchup and the fourth for the Blackhawks – but the first time these two teams have squared off in the Winter Classic against one another.

The B’s hosted the Philadelphia Flyers at Fenway Park in 2010 and the Montreal Canadiens at Gillette Stadium in 2016.

This will be the fourth Original Six matchup featured.

 

The New England Patriots (7-2), fresh off a dominating 41-16 Week 10 win over the Denver Broncos, traveled to Mexico City where they will take on the Oakland Raiders (4-5) at Azteca Stadium.

The Pats are looking to extend their win streak to six while Oakland is looking to win back-to-back games.

As for the Pats defense, which only allowed the Broncos to score 16 points in Denver, they will need to make sure Oakland tight end Jared Cook is covered. Quarterback Derek Carr has a lot of trust in Cook – the tight end leads the team with 39 catches good for 499 total yards – 18 of those catches and 290 of those yards coming in the previous three games.

The New England defense has only allowed 17 points or fewer over their past five games despite allowing a league-worst 6.45 yards-per-play.

However, the team will be without offensive lineman David Andrews, who will miss Sunday’s game with an illness. This is a major loss for New England given they don’t have a true backup for Andrews.

He has yet to miss a game in his career – and it comes at a time when his team plays a good Oakland Raiders pass rush.

Oakland’s defense will have an interesting matchup on tight end Rob Gronkowski with safety Obi Melifonwu likely to be relied upon to stop the 6-foot-7 Gronk. Despite missing the first eight games with a leg injury, the second-round draft pick from earlier this year will rely on his athleticism and size to stop Gronkowski – who is second in the league among tight ends with 583 receiving yards this season.

Quarterback Tom Brady will be relying on running back Rex Burkhead with wide receiver Chris Hogan out with a shoulder injury. Between blocking punts and scoring touchdowns, Burkhead has emerged as one of the top running backs for the team – and it’s clear Brady has a lot of trust in him.

Tight end Martellus Bennett will look to contribute more this week in his second week back with his former team. In his return to New England last week against the Broncos, the tight end had three catches for 38 total yards. Brady knows and trusts Bennett and will look to target him more than last week – especially if Melifonwu is going to be covering Gronkowski.

The defense will have to continue clicking and stop the solid Oakland pass rush. They’ll need to pressure Carr and the running backs early and often and keep them out of the red zone.

Brady will have to rely on Burkhead, Gronkowski and Bennett heavily and they will need to find ways to get open and beat the Raiders defense.

Final score prediction: New England, 24, Oakland, 21

On Tuesday, the Boston Red Sox announced Hall of Famer Bobby Doerr passed away at the age of 99. He was the oldest living Hall of Famer and former Red Sox player.

Head and shoulders of Boston Red Soc Bobby Doerr/Photo Credit: National Baseball Hall of Fame

Doerr spent 14 years in the majors – all with Boston from 1937 until 1951. He served in World War II in 1945.

He played second base with the Sox and was a .288 career hitter. Doerr hit 223 home runs, had 1,247 RBI, collected 2,042 hits and scored 1,094 runs.

Doerr never won a World Series title, but was named an All Star on nine different occasions – including 1950 where he had career-highs in home runs (27), RBI (120) and finished the season with a .294 batting average.

After Doerr retired, he served as a scout before being named the first base coach for the Red Sox. In 1977, he joined the Toronto Blue Jays as a hitting coach where he stayed until 1981.

Doerr was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1986 and even received a World Series ring in 2004.

 

The New England Patriots (6-2) will be back on the field on Sunday night after their bye week to take on the Denver Broncos (3-5) at Mile High Stadium. While the Patriots look to extend their winning streak to five, the Broncos are looking to get back in the win column after losing four-consecutive games.

Their last loss came at the hands of Carson Wentz and the Philadelphia Eagles last Sunday where they were embarrassed 51-23. Denver has been blown out in their last four games by 13, 21, 10 and 28 points and are a much different team than they have been the last few seasons.

While the Pats are dealing with the loss of linebacker Dont’a Hightower for the season with a torn pectoral muscle, head coach Bill Belichick told the media on Wednesday the team will not be activating linebacker Shea McClellin off IR and is likely done for the season.

Even though New England is dealing with injuries of their own, it’s not nearly the controversy Denver is dealing with at their quarterback position. Trevor Siemian has not lived up to the expectations people had of him and 2016 first-round pick Paxton Lynch has been dealing with shoulder injuries since the preseason.

After completing 50 percent of his passes against the blowout loss to the Eagles, Brock Osweiler was named the Broncos starting quarterback for Week 10. He threw for 208 total yards with one touchdown, two interceptions and a fumble.

The last time Osweiler faced the New England Patriots was in 2016 when he was with the Houston Texans. The Pats won 34-16 in a game where Osweiler yet again had thrown for just one touchdown.

However, Osweiler has defeated Belichick and the Patriots during his first stint with Denver back in 2015 where he beat them in overtime, 30-24. New England was without wide receivers Julian Edelman (much like they will be this year) and Danny Amendola.

The Patriots will also be without receiver Chris Hogan, who is dealing with a shoulder injury, meaning fellow wide receiver Phillip Dorsett could be in line to have himself a big game. He hasn’t done much since Week 2 where he hauled in three catches for 68 total yards and a rush for seven yards.

Dorsett has only caught one pass for 17 yards since then – so if Hogan is indeed out, quarterback Tom Brady will need to target him as he would default to the third wide receiver spot behind Brandin Cooks and Amendola.

Brady may have a new target come Sunday in tight end Martellus Bennett – who was claimed off waivers on Thursday after the Green Bay Packers parted ways with him after Bennett reportedly failed to disclose an injury to the team.

Bennett is listed as questionable for Sunday – but practiced with New England on Friday morning.

The Patriots need to run all over (literally and figuratively) this Denver defense – a defense that is ranked 25 in the league in points allowed with nearly 25 per game and with Hogan out for Sunday’s bout, Brady will need to rely heavily on Amendola, Dorsett and tight end Rob Gronkowski.

Over the last four weeks, the Denver D has given up at least 21 points – but the big problem here is that New England has struggled playing in Denver over the years.

Brady’s overall record against the Broncos is 7-9 while the QB’s record in Denver is 3-7. In three playoff games played at Mile High Stadium, Brady is 0-3. His 3-7 overall record is the 40-year-old’s worst winning percentage in any city.

Despite Brady’s less-than-spectacular numbers against the Broncos, there is some good news: Denver’s offense has been an absolute mess while the New England defense is really starting to click.

The defense will need to pressure Osweiler and stop their run game given the Broncos have proven to succeed on the ground.

Brady will need to continue Cooks, who he has developed some deep-ball chemistry with – averaging 17.1 yards per catch. He’ll need to be quick with the ball and figure out the Denver D given they typically play well against New England.

If Bennett does indeed play on Sunday, Brady will utilize the tight end frequently. Brady trusts Bennett and Bennett knows Belichick and his offense – so it would be beneficial for Brady to have a new target down the field.

Final score prediction: New England, 24, Denver, 18

With one minute remaining in the game and the Boston Bruins up by one goal, Toronto left winger James Van Riemsdyk netted the game-tying goal and sent this game into overtime where the Maple Leafs would seal the 3-2 win on Friday night.

After missing the last two games with a concussion, left winger Brad Marchand made his return to the Boston lineup. Forward Noel Acciari also returned to the lineup. He only played in one game this season after suffering a fractured left index finger.

The game remained scoreless for nearly two periods until center Patrice Bergeron broke the stalemate in the second period with his fourth goal of the season with a beautiful one-timer to beat Toronto goalie Frederik Andersen. Marchand and defender Torey Krug were credited with the assist.

Toronto tied it in the final seconds of the second after B’s goalie Anton Khudobin couldn’t stop the rush in front of the net when Nazem Kadri netted the equalizer on a power play.

The Bruins took the lead in the third period with 5:31 remaining in the game on a goal off the stick off right winger David Pastrnak but Van Riemsdyk beat Khudobin with exactly a minute left in the game to tie the game at two and would send this game to overtime.

Just over a minute into overtime, left winger Patrick Marleau lit the lamp for the game-winning goal and Boston found themselves on the wrong side of a 3-2 final.

With the loss, the Bruins fell to 6-5-4 while the Maple leafs improved to 11-7-0.

TWIW’s three stars:

3) Anthon Khudobin: Despite giving up three goals, he looked solid in net and has looked good in all his starts this season.

2) Patrice Bergeron: He got the scoring started for Boston in the first period.

  1. David Pastrnak: The young Swede continues to score on the ice and scored his team-leading 10 goal of the season tonight.

What’s ‘Bruin” next: Boston continues their home-and-home series against the Leafs on Saturday night when they return to the TD Garden.

Puck drop is set for 7 p.m.

After much speculation, and according to multiple reports, tight end Martellus Bennett was claimed off waivers by the New England Patriots on Thursday – just a day after his former team, the Green Bay Packers cut ties with Bennett he failed to disclose an injury to the team.

Bennett injured his shoulder and had already been ruled out of Sunday’s game by Packers head coach Mike McCarthy and didn’t play in Week 9 against the Detroit Lions.

It is unknown if he will play on Sunday night when the Pats take on the Denver Broncos.

The tight end returns to the team just eight months after he parted ways with them and just two weeks after Bennett took to Instagram and said he would most likely retire after this season was done. Throughout those two weeks, Bennett practiced just once with the Packers after their bye week – supposedly due to his injured shoulder he didn’t say anything about.

The Pro Bowl tight end’s return to the Pats is similar to the 2014 return of running back LaGarrette Blount after he had a brief stint with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Blount was cut after leaving the field early and later signed with the Patriots.

During his time with the Patriots in their historic Super Bowl LI season, Bennett totaled 701 yards with 55 catches and seven touchdowns. He did not re-sign with the Pats after their Super Bowl win as they decided to trade for tight end Dwayne Allen – who has not recorded a single catch in eight games this season with New England.

The Pats claim Bennett’s three-year, $21 million contract that he signed with Green Bay. To make room for him on the roster, New England waived defensive end Geneo Grissom.

The “bruised and battered” Bruins had to play from behind in the first period against the Minnesota Wild after going down 1-0 – but scored two quick goals in the first and two more in the second period to help seal a 5-3 win on Monday night.

The Wild made it interesting in the third period scoring two goals to cut Boston’s deficit to one – but an empty-netter from left winger Tim Schaller put the B’s back up by two for the rest of the game.

Minnesota struck nearly five minutes after the puck dropped to begin the game after Boston netminder Tuukka Rask gave up a rebound that right winger Nino Niederreiter capitalized on and gave the Wild a 1-0 lead.

Left winger Jake DeBrusk tied the game at one after he tried to center the puck but it deflected off defender Ryan Suter and into the net to tie the game and give DeBrusk his second goal of the season.

Two minutes later, right winger Frank Vatrano, who had not scored in 26 games dating back to last season, netted the equalizer on a lucky bounce that hit off the goal post and off of goalie Devan Dubnyk’s leg and into the back of the net.

Boston scored two more goals in the second period after center Sean Kuraly beat Dubnyk after he initially stopped right winger Danton Heinen. Two minutes later, defender Torey Krug forced a turnover and found the back of the net after right winger David Pastrnak fed him a beautiful pass to take a 4-1 lead into the third period.

The Wild tried to make a comeback by scoring two goals in the third after Rask made a potential game-changing save on a penalty shot off right winger Mikael Granlund. After Minnesota made it 4-3, Schaller netted an empty-net goal to thwart the comeback and the Bruins won the game 5-3.

With the win, the Bruins improved to 6-4-3 while the Wild fell to 5-6-2 on the season.

Injury update: Left winger Brad Marchand is day-to-day with an upper-body injury. After the game, it was announced he will not travel with the team and will miss Wednesday’s game.

TWIW’s three stars:

3) Frank Vatrano: After starting the season off slow and not scoring since last season, Vatrano finally broke the streak with a goal tonight.

2) Torey Krug: Another B’s player who has been struggling this season, Krug made some nice plays throughout the game and had a goal on the night.

1) Tuukka Rask: Despite almost giving up a three-goal lead, Rask made a huge save in the third period on a penalty shot. The game could have gone in a completely different direction had he let it past him.

What’s ‘Bruin’ next: The Bruins will travel to Madison Square Garden to take on Henrik Lundqvist and the New York Rangers on Wednesday night.

Puck drop is slated for 8 p.m.

Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask was dominant between the pipes saving 26 of 27 shots to hold the Las Vegas Golden Knights to just one goal in Boston’s 2-1 win on Thursday night.

The B’s broke a 1-1 tie halfway through the third period thanks to center Sean Kuraly scoring the game-winner.

Neither team scored in the first period, but the black and gold had the first four shots and didn’t allow the Golden Knights their first shot on net until 10 minutes had already expired.

The Bruins got on the board first early in the second period after center Riley Nash rang the post but got a second attempt at his own rebound before burying the puck for the 1-0 lead.

Vegas defender Nate Schmidt took possession of the puck from Boston left winger Jake DeBrusk before passing it to center Cody Eakin who beat Rask to knot the game at one in the second period.

The tie finally broke late in the third period after center Tim Schaller intercepted a Vegas pass in Boston’s offensive zone. Schaller passed the puck to Krug who couldn’t light the lamp for Boston and neither could DeBrusk – but Kuraly was finally able to wedge the puck into the net for the 2-1 lead and win.

With the victory, Boston improved to 5-3-3 while Vegas dropped to 8-4-0 on the season.

TWIW’s three stars:

1) Tim Schaller: He had a great night on the ice both offensively and defensively.

2) Sean Kuraly: He scored the game-winner for the Bruins – his first goal of the season. He had a fantastic effort in front of the net that resulted in the goal.

3) Tuukka Rask: He was dominant in net tonight stopping 26 of the 27 shots he faced. He sealed his second win of the season and is now 2-3-2.

What’s ‘Bruin’ next:

The Bruins welcome Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals (6-6-1) to the TD Garden on Saturday night.

Puck drop is slated for 7 p.m.