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News Blitz 10/8: Patriots back in first place!

Today’s News Blitz looks at where the Patriots stand after five weeks as the team prepares for its biggest game of the young season.


Five games into the season, it already feels like New England has been through a lot.

The Patriots had a semi-bye this weekend, some extra time off thanks to the Thursday night win over the Colts. That extra time could be key not only preparing for Sunday night's game against Kansas City, but also to get some self-scouting done to assess where the team sits with its 3-2 record.

Some in the media also used the extra time, both to analyze New England's current standing as well as take an early look at the Chiefs prior to the big Week 6 battle at Gillette Stadium.

The Boston Globe writes about “seven major issues” the Patriots must address moving forward. The Globe looks at quarterback sensation Patrick Mahomes, who'll lead the red-hot Chiefs into Foxborough on Sunday night. The Globe's Sunday football notes look at the top developments from the first quarter of the NFL season.

The Boston Herald has its weekly report card from the win over Indy and declares that things were solid all around for New England. The Herald looks at the threats to the Patriots throne at what many in the media refer to as the NFL's quarter pole. The Herald notes that New England waived cornerback and punt returner Cyrus Jones, while the paper also offers up its Week 5 power rankings.'s must-read Sunday notes kick off with a look at how Tom Brady became a Milwaukee Brewers fan, a team in the midst of the MLB playoffs. notes that with the Dolphins losing, the Patriots technically moved into first place in the AFC East on Sunday.

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