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The Browns and Patriots trade compliments - on offense, on defense, and among the head coaches. Read all about it in today's News Blitz.

"Almost unheard-of" and "phenomenal" were the words chosen by Cleveland Browns linebacker Kamerion Wimbley.

He offered them when asked to give his thoughts on the start to the 2007 season by Tom Brady and Randy Moss.

In today's Cleveland Plain Dealer, Brady is equally effusive in his praise of the team he'll face this Sunday at Gillette Stadium.

This is as good a team we've faced all year," the Pats QB said in a conference call with Cleveland media.

"They've got an incredible amount of skill on offense. They score a lot of points. It's a ball-hawking defense. When you've got leaders like Willie [McGinest] over there, who can disrupt the game."

Brady then sighed, "We've got our work cut out for us." Also out in Ohio, the Chronicle-Telegram caught up with Browns starting QB Derek Anderson, who, in his brief NFL career, has never faced a defense as complex as New England's.

“They make a lot of plays, so I just have to be smart this week,” Anderson said of the Patriot defense in an article today.

"I have to be patient and take what they're giving us early on. We have to get the running game going, be efficient with the passing game and we'll be all right."

And an Associated Press story today focuses on Browns head coach (and former Pats defensive coordinator) Romeo Crennel's take on taking on his former boss this weekend.

"We worked together for a long time," said Crennel, who, at 60, is five years older than Bill Belichick. "I've learned a lot from him and enjoyed working with him.

"It's a challenge, that's what it is," Crennel continued. "Just like that first Super Bowl [when New England beat St. Louis] was a challenge. Everybody said the Rams had us outmanned. That's why you play the game."


Another Crennel-versus-Belichick story in a Dayton, Ohio newspaper. goes more in-depth with Tom Brady.'s photo gallery of the top fantasy football performers of the year so far includes a few familiar Patriots.

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