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News Blitz 10/18: Pats in the running

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The Patriots have generally been a pass-first team, and for the most part that has remained the same during the early part of the 2018 season. But over the last three weeks the offense has gotten significant support from the running game as well, which has provided some balance to the attack.

The Boston Herald writes about the complementary work turned in by Sony Michel and the rest of the New England rushing attack. NBC Sports Boston says the ground game has created many play-action opportunities.

ESPN.com explains how his teammates are still impressed with Tom Brady's late-game heroics.

The Boston Globe writes that Rob Gronkowski isn't concerned by the lack of passes that have been thrown his way. Despite the fact that the Patriots rank last in the league in sacks per pass play, the Globe believes the Patriots are applying plenty of pressure. The Herald writes about Gronk's lack of targets in the red zone.

The Boston Herald says the Patriots are preparing for yet another speedy receiver. Former Patriot Akiem Hicks is making his mark with the Bears. The offensive line knows it will have its hands full with Chicago's Khalil Mack on Sunday. That's a task that may be made more difficult if Marcus Cannon is unable to play. Cannon missed practice on Wednesday after suffering a concussion last week. The Athletic looks at that matchup as well.

The Providence Journal has Stephon Gilmore crediting his study habits for the corner's improved play. NBC Sports Boston looks at the Patriots sagging kickoff coverage. As good as Mack is, don't make any comparisons to Lawrence Taylor in front of Bill Belichick.

In Chicago, coach Matt Nagy has a lot of respect for Trey Flowers. Despite losing in Miami, the Chicago Tribune believes the Bears offense made some strides. Mitchell Trubisky's actions have been better than his words.

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