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News Blitz 11/15: Pats prep for Raiders
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The Patriots are in the middle of their week out in Colorado Springs, where they are preparing for their upcoming showdown in Mexico against the Raiders. Even with practice and meetings, the team still took some time to check out the area.
Bill Belichick took advantage of the opportunity and brought the team to the U.S. Olympic Training Center on Tuesday.
The Boston Globe believes the Raiders porous defense should allow the Patriots offense plenty of room to breathe in the elevation of Mexico. The Patriots ability to catch opponents with 12 men on the field has become a weapon for the team. The NFL has no issue with New England’s recent acquisition of Martellus Bennett.
The Patriots road to a bye in the AFC could be a bumpy one according to the Boston Herald. The offensive line is used to dealing with talented pass rushers and the group will get another test this week with Khalil Mack and Bruce Irvin. The Patriots defense is evolving into something good again according the Herald.
NBCSportsBoston.com offers five ways the Patriots have turned their season around. NESN.com also believes the Patriots will be able to take advantage of the Raiders weak secondary. NESN.com also looks at the Patriots history in International games. WEEI.com doesn’t fully believe in the defense just yet.
One of the more unsung Patriots is James Develin, and ESPN.com believes the fullback could be in the mix for the Pro Bowl due to his increased usage in the offense as of late.
With New England set to take on the Oakland Raiders, ESPN.com recalls some interesting anecdotes involving Al Davis and the Patriots, including the Randy Moss trade in 2007.
Out in Oakland, the Raiders have a lot of respect for Tom Brady according to the Oakland Tribune.