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One wild weekend

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One wild weekend

Well, that was an exhausting weekend. Although, with the Sox already getting ready to take the field and Kenyan Appreciation Day already taking over the city, I suppose that the weekend isn't even officially over. But still WOW.

In a way, I guess we could have packed a little more action into the last three days. You know, maybe it could have all happened on the same weekend as the NFL Draft. Maybe the Celtics could have been in the playoffs, as opposed to on their impromptu tour of the NBDL. Maybe the Bruins could have been scheduled for Friday and Sunday as opposed to Thursday and Saturday. Maybe, just for fun, the Sox could have squeezed in a double header.

But even if there was a little more room, I'm not sure we could have handled it. Then again, we should probably get used to this kind of weekend chaos.

There was a time about five years ago, and the two decades before when spring in Boston meant only one thing: The Sox. Back then, the Bruins and Celtics were generally fading by the time April rolled around. And even if they looked all right, we knew that would change once the regular season turned to post. Meanwhile, the Pats were already the Pats, but the NFL offseason the NFL in general wasn't the beast that it is today.

These days, that's not the case. The NFL gets about two weeks to a month (if even that) out of the spotlight. The Bruins and Celtics are consistently in the championship conversation. The Sox are still the Sox, and considering last year's collapse and this year's manager, they're more "the Sox" than ever, but they have to share the headlines. And for the rest of the spring, they will. For the next month or so, we'll be living this past weekend on a loop, and believe it or not, it will get worse (and by worse I mean better).

For instance, take two weeks from now. The weekend of April 28. How do you feel about the start of the NBA playoffs, the NFL Draft, (Tim Thomas-willing) the start of the NFL Conference semis AND a three-game series with the White Sox? Not bad right?

No, it's very good. It's just spring time in Boston.

Buckle up.

Rich can be reached at rlevine@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Rich on Twitter at http:twitter.comrich_levine

MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: Wentz tosses 4 TDs, Eagles beat Redskins, 34-24

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MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: Wentz tosses 4 TDs, Eagles beat Redskins, 34-24

PHILADELPHIA - Carson Wentz tossed four touchdown passes, and the Philadelphia Eagles overcame losing nine-time Pro Bowl left tackle Jason Peters in a 34-24 win over the Washington Redskins on Monday night.

Wentz threw for 268 yards and ran for a career-best 63 after a shaky start to lead the NFL-best Eagles (6-1) to their fifth straight win. But the victory was costly because Peters was carted off the field with a knee injury in the third quarter.

Kirk Cousins had 303 yards passing and three TDs for the Redskins (3-3).

The Eagles went three-and-out three times in their first four drives and had only 57 total yards before Wentz hit Mack Hollins in stride with a perfect 64-yard TD pass to tie it at 10.

That got the offense rolling.

Wentz connected with Zach Ertz for 46 yards on the next series and found him again for a 4-yard TD pass to make it 17-10.

After getting the second-half kickoff, the Eagles drove 86 yards for another touchdown. Peters was injured during the series, and fans chanted his name while teammates surrounded the cart.

Wentz finished the drive off with a play that Peters would appreciate.

While being hit by two defenders and falling forward, Wentz lofted a 9-yard TD pass to Corey Clement.

Wentz fired a 10-yard TD pass to Nelson Agholor to expand the lead to 31-17. Wentz kept that drive alive by escaping a sack and running 17 yards on third-and-8.

Cousins tossed a 7-yard touchdown pass to Chris Thompson to give the Redskins a 10-3 lead. He connected with Jordan Reed on a 5-yard TD to cut the deficit to 24-17 and threw a 12-yard pass to Reed to cap the scoring.

The Eagles were penalized on four straight plays to start their first possession before Wentz was intercepted by Quinton Dunbar on a deep pass to Torrey Smith on second-and-31.

Philadelphia swept Washington for the first time since 2013 and has a commanding lead in the NFC East. The Cowboys and Redskins are tied for second place.

NBC SPORTS BOSTON SCHEDULE

BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Are Patriots' defensive problems solved?

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BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Are Patriots' defensive problems solved?

0:41 - Tom Giles, Michael Holley, and Tom Curran react to the Patriots’ 23-7 win over the Falcons on Sunday night and whether the Patriots deserve to be considered Super Bowl favorites.

6:09 - Is Johnson Bademosi an upgrade over Stephon Gilmore at cornerback for the Patriots? Michael Hurley joins BST to debate with Tom Curran, Michael Holley, and Kayce Smith. They also discuss the defense’s overall improvement in Sunday night’s win.

14:37 - NBC Sports Boston’s Red Sox insider Evan Drellich joins the show to talk about the Red Sox hiring Alex Cora to be their new manager, whether it was the right choice, and how his presence will affect the Red Sox clubhouse.

22:14 - Kayce Smith and Tom Curran discuss Kyrie Irving’s vulgar response to a Philadelphia fan yelling “Where’s LeBron?” at him on Friday night.

NBC SPORTS BOSTON SCHEDULE