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The New England Patriots set off on their trip to California today and put the wraps on their preparation for Sunday's game in today's News Blitz.

Today begins a long journey as the Patriots prepare to tackle a 10-day odyssey to the West Coast, where they'll play San Francisco and San Diego in back-to-back weeks.

The *Boston Globe *checks in with Arizona general manager Rod Graves, who helped put together his team's recent trip to the East Coast in which the Cardinals lost consecutive games to the Redskins and Jets.

The *Boston Herald *takes a look at Bill Belichick's passion for breaking down game film, citing an exhibit at The Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon in which the coach opens up his playbook and allows fans to take a peek at what goes through his mind on game days.

“When you talk football, that’s his deal,” safety Rodney Harrisontold the Herald.

On the field, Matt Casselis looking to bounce back from a tough loss to Miami and hopefully get Randy Mossmore involved in the passing game.

Although the New Orleans Saints hit on a number of big plays in their victory over San Francisco last week, Cassel vows not to force the issue and instead take what the defense gives him.

One of the reasons they need to be careful is because San Francisco has a talented secondary capable of disrupting the Patriots' passing game.

“We’ve got our work cut out,” wide receiver Jabar Gaffneytold the Worcester Telegram & Gazette.

The *MetroWest Daily News *also looks at the 49ers secondary, pointing out their starters have combined to play 38 NFL seasons.

“It's a pretty veteran group they have,” Belichick told the Daily News.

As for stopping San Francisco's offense, the Patriots will focus on tight end Vernon Davis, who may present problems for New England's secondary.

“He’s a tough guy to match up against,” Belichick told the Providence Journal.

The *Journal *also takes a look at two of the young linebackers who'll be on the field Sunday – New England's Jerod Mayoand San Francisco's Patrick Willis, who are comparable in many ways.

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Out West, the 49ers are also trying to get their quarterback back on track after J.T. O'Sullivan struggled in last week's loss to New Orleans.

The *San Jose Mercury News *takes a look at 49ers rookie defensive lineman Kentwan Balmer, who is one of only eight first-round picks from 2008 yet to start a game.

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