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News Blitz 9/15: Hightower, Amendola remain out

The Patriots are ready to get the bad taste out of their mouths following their disappointing loss to Kansas City in the opener. The team is set to fly to New Orleans for Sunday's showdown, and if the Patriots are to break into the win column it looks like they may have to do so without two key pieces.

ESPNBoston.com believes the signs point toward Dont'a Hightower and Danny Amendola sitting out the Saints game.

ESPNBoston.com has Rob Gronkowski feeling great physically after playing in the opener. The Boston Globe says Gronk is ready to get physical against the Saints.

Deatrich Wise and Trey Flowers were happy to rekindle their Arkansas connection with the Patriots. The Boston Herald says not to count on running back Rex Burkhead working out of the slot.

The Eagle Tribune believes the Patriots defense, not the offense, is on the clock. MassLive.com offers some things to prepare for this weekend with New Orleans. Will Jordan Richards see much action against the Saints? CSNNE.com has Mike Gillislee explaining how he's trying to score every time he touches the ball.

In New Orleans, the Saints no longer hold a significant home edge in the dome. The New Orleans Times Picayune wonders if a Saints victory over the Patriots would qualify as a statement victory.

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