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Patriots.com News Blitz - 11/28/2007

For the second week in a row, the New England Patriots will tangle with a team named after a bird.

More importantly, though, they'll again be preparing for that team's second-string QB. Kyle Boller remains the starter for the Baltimore Ravens as Steve McNair continues healing from a partially dislocated left (non-throwing) shoulder.

"He's progressing but there's a limitation in how far he can bring that arm up," Ravens coach Brian Billick said this week. "It is progressing. This week he won't be ready and we'll go week by week after that to see where he is."

After Philadelphia's A.J. Feeley had his way throwing the ball against New England's defense last weekend, the Pats certainly won't be taking Boller lightly.

For their part, the Ravens, who've had a disappointing season so far, are still looking forward to the Monday nighter with New England.

"The sad part is Monday night is probably our Super Bowl, and it's the 12th game of the season," Ravens cornerback Samari Rolle said this week.

"Monday night against the best team - not even arguably - in the league right now," Billick added. "Everybody wants to be the team that knocks off New England. That's a worthy goal. It will be a great opportunity for us in front of fans to show we're better than what we've shown."

That's going to be hard to do, according to some NFL observers. One writer breaks down the Pats' remaining schedule and predicts they'll take care of business to go 16-0.

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Meantime, the Boston Herald focuses on LB Rosey Colvin, done for the year with a foot injury sustained against Philly.

ESPN.com's Page 2 offers an admittedly biased tale-of-the-tape profile pitting the '85 Bears against this year's Patriots...not on the field, but in terms of their personalities.

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