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Patriots.com News Blitz - 12/11/2008

Today's *Boston Globe *offers a very detailed and moving account of the life of Greg Cassel, the late father of Patriots QB Matt Cassel. The story also revealed that funeral services are scheduled for this coming Monday.

As they tried to deal with yet another challenging situation this season, Cassel's Patriots teammates offered words of support to Cassel and his family.

Meanwhile, the Pats continue to prepare for a pivotal game versus Oakland this Sunday. One of the key match-ups will be WR Randy Mossversus his former teammate, cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, who talked at length with reporters via conference call Wednesday.

In the San Jose Mercury News, you'll find a good feature on the Raiders trading Moss to New England.

As many injuries as the Patriots have suffered this year, the Raiders have their share as well, which could affect Oakland's lineup this Sunday.

And the *MetroWest Daily News *has an interesting piece on the Raiders' infamous Black Hole at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum.

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