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News Blitz 9/6: Opening day excitement builds

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No one gets more excited about the opening of a football season than Bill Belichick. But as much success as the coach has experience with the Patriots, he always look back fondly to his days at Phillips Andover, where he was the center for the undefeated 1970 team.

The Boston Globe offers an interesting look back at the team through an oral history, and Belichick called it the most important year of his development.

Opening day is exciting for Marcus Cannon, too, but no more so than all of the other games which he says also quite exciting.

Tom Brady has said repeatedly that he hopes to play into his mid-40s. Thanks to his latest installment of his Tom vs. Time series, we know he still intends to do so.

Brady said his plan is to play until he is 45, and he's gone through some changes in the recent past that he believes will continue as his career. discusses one is learning to better deal with drama surrounding him and the team. The Boston Herald says Brady left little doubt in terms of his intentions.

The Texans will be the opponent on Sunday, and facing J.J. Watt keeps offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia up at night. The Boston Globe expects the Patriots to kick things up a notch on special teams this season. In turn, Watt had plenty of praise for Belichick, Brady and the Patriots.

The Boston Herald says the much-maligned Patriots receivers have a chip on their shoulders. Offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels could face a play-calling dilemma.

The Providence Journal has Dont'a Hightower feeling good heading into the season – and hoping to stay that way. The Athletic says Eric Rowe is ready for his shot to start against the Texans. NBC Sports Boston checks in with Texans coach Bill O'Brien, who sees a similar passion in his quarterback Deshaun Watson and Brady. Rex Burkhead was not on the first practice participation report of the season. looks at how the Texans can cause problems with their defensive front.

From the Texans perspective, the Houston Chronicle has tight end Ryan Griffin tired of losing to the Patriots. The paper offers some insight from the Texans locker room as well. A Week 1 win would mean much more to the visitors, who have been unable to beat Brady in the past.

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