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Patriots.com News Blitz - 08/26/05

The Patriots take on the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field tonight with game time at 8:00pm. Tonight's matchup should look more like a regular season game as starters are expected to play the vast majority of the game and unlike the previous two preseason games head coach Bill Belichick has implemented a fairly complete game plan. "This is our best opportunity to pull everything together in terms of substitution, communication, execution, playing on the road, playing in a hostile environment, all of those kinds of things," Belichick said. "It's an opportunity for us to pull all of that together against a good team, a proficient team." Jerome Solomon of the Boston Globe, Michael Felger of the Boston Herald, Tom Curran of the Providence Journal, Mark Farinella of the Sun Chronicle *and Michael Parente of the *Woonsocket Call all offer a preview of tonights Pats game at Lambeau Field.

Bill Grifith of the Boston Globe takes a look at the pregame shows planned for tonight's game in historic Lambeau Field. Channel 5 will air its "SportsCenter 5 Pregame Special" at 7:30 tonight and will try to capture the unique experience of being at Lambeau Field. WBCN(104.1FM) will unveil its pregame show which starts at 5:00pm and will feature the new additions of former Patriot quarterback Scott Zolak and Andy Gresh to the broadcast.

Michael Felger of the Boston Herald reports that Patriots cut ties with veteran safety Antuan Edwards yesterday. Felger writes that Edwards had been playing behind a group of youngsters at camp, notably rookie James Sanders and sophomores Dexter Reid and Guss Scott. Of the group, Scott and Sanders probably have the best chance of earning regular minutes with the defense behind starters Rodney Harrison and Eugene Wilson.

Jerome Solomon of the Boston Globe offers a story on Patriots long snapper Lonie Paxton. Solomon writes that Paxton takes over 200 snaps a day during training camp in an effort to get into sync with both Josh Miller and Adam Vinatieri. Timing is everything and this is the time of year when Paxton, Miller, and Vinatieri prepare for those last-second nail-biters that mean victory or defeat.

Tom Curran of the Providence Journal offers his daily sports blog with Patriots notes and commentary.

New Boston Globe writer Mike Reiss answers your Patriots questions in his first weekly mailbag. This week Reiss addresses questions about the Pats' run-stoppers.

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