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News Blitz 9/7: New captains for a new season

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The NFL season is officially underway and the Patriots are less than 72 hours away for starting their 2018 campaign. 

The Boston Globe was first with the news about the team's new captains for the year, and there were a couple of changes.

As is typically the case early in the season, the Patriots made some roster moves ahead of the opener, placing rookie corner Duke Dawson on injured reserve and promoting wide receiver Riley McCarron from the practice squad.

The Boston Globe writers conducted a round table discussion about the 2018 season. Can Cordarrelle Patterson be more than special this season? As Tom Brady and Bill Belichick enter their 19th seasons together, be sure to savor every last moment of their greatness.

NBC Sports Boston says Brady and the offense have to be ready for the Texans "diamond" front. Keeping Deshaun Watson in check is also a priority. The Boston Sports Journal also provides a game plan for Sunday's opener. WEEI.com believes the success of the Patriots offense against Houston will rely on Josh McDaniels.

ESPN.com looks at Jeremy Hill's football journey and talks about how the running back has impressed the coaches with his knowledge of the game.The Worcester Telegram looks at Chris Hogan, who finds himself at the top of the wide receiver depth chart.

The Athletic looks back 10 years when Brady was lost for the season to a knee injury.

In Houston, Texans fans believe the time is now for Bill O'Brien to come up with a big win. The Houston Chronicle's mailbag looks at how Houston might be able to get that done. The opener has plenty of intrigue but is not pivotal says Jerome Solomon.

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