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News Blitz 11/18: Previewing the trip to San Francisco

Today’s News Blitz culls together plenty of information from around the web previewing the Patriots trip to San Francisco to take on the 49ers.

Even with the concerns following Sunday night's loss to the Seahawks at Gillette Stadium, the Patriots are clearly one of the top teams in the NFL right now.

Conversely, their opponent this Sunday at Levi's Stadium, Chip Kelly's 49ers, are clearly one of the worst teams in football.

As such, the Boston Globe wonders if the Patriots have anything to fear in San Francisco. The Globe has Julian Edelman looking forward to going home to play the 49ers. The Globe writes that signs are not good for Rob Gronkowski playing on Sunday.

The Boston Herald talks to Dont’a Hightower about the pride of the New England defense and comments by team Hall of Famer Ty Law questioning the unit. The Herald notes that Bill Belichick was once again very critical of football metrics and outside analytical breakdowns. The Herald has Gronkowski missing his third straight practice, while the paper also drops the Patriots down a bit in its power rankings.

The* Providence Journal passes along Belichick praising backup QB Jimmy Garoppolo, while the Patriots head coach also noted Tom Brady’s obvious toughness. The *ProJo says Stephen Gostkowski is back on solid footing after a tough slump, while the paper has rookie Cyrus Jones talking about the tough lessons he’s learning. says that after missing another practice, Gronkowski is unlikely to play on Sunday in San Francisco. notes that when asked about a specific advanced metric the coach responded with, “What the hell is that?” says the latest Patriots loss brings leadership issues on the team’s defense into focus. reveals that Brady was surprised to see reporters had beaten the quarterback into the Patriots locker room for early Friday morning media access as the team prepared to fly to San Francisco. has Cyrus Jones dealing with “a lot of frustration.”

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