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Patriots.com News Blitz - 10/3/2007

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada - former home of hockey's Great One, Wayne Gretzky - is infatuated with another sports great today: the New England Patriots.

They're asking, in an Associated Press story, just how great the undefeated Pats are at this point.

"We're still leaving some stuff out there," head coach Bill Belichick is quoted. "I think every team at this point in the year is improving and that's what we need to do. I'd like to think we're going to be a better team. We should be."

Back here in the States, USA TODAY explores the same question. In the story, QB Tom Brady explains how hard it is for opposing defenses to guard WR Randy Moss.

As evidence, Brady described his first TD pass to Moss Monday night in Cincinnati - a one-armed, spinning in mid-air, acrobatic catch on the side of the n.

"I was aiming for the third row in the stands," he said. "It's tough for those DBs. When you're 6-5, have a great vertical leap and huge wingspan and great hands, there's only so many places you can defend."

The Washington Post, meantime, has a similar column. Here's an excerpt:

"They've been great for a while now, three Super Bowls' worth of great. But only this season have the New England Patriots become The Show, the must-see team of stars ... Suddenly, the Patriots are not simply great; they're compelling, fascinating, appearing to be almighty and a touch lawless."

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The Sports Network takes an in-depth look at the Patriots depth at a few positions.

Former Pats LB Corey Mays, released just prior to Monday night's game, has been claimed by the Cincinnati Bengals, whose linebacking corps has been decimated by injuries this season.

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