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Patriots.com News Blitz 9/13/04

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Because the Patriots played Thursday night, they enjoyed the luxury of a day off yesterday, when most everyone else took the field. Kevin Mannix of The Boston Herald looks back at Thursday night's win over the Colts, and hands out grades for each position. "By now it should be obvious that luck has nothing to do with this team's success. Good teams make their own luck and championship teams -- like these New England Patriots -- make it all the time," writes Mannix.

Michael Felger of the Herald points out an area of weakness for the Patriots, the defensive line, who allowed 142 rushing yards to Colts back Edgerrin James. "Most of the problems came up front. On most gains, the Pats were either controlled at the line of scrimmage or the linebackers couldn't get off of blocks," writes Felger.

Felger also highlights one of Thursday night's stars, tight end Daniel Graham. Graham tied Deion Branch with a team-high seven receptions, to go along with 57 yards and a touchdown. "No one has ever doubted Graham's ability. Many people believe he can be a star, most notably quarterback Tom Brady, who has been a huge supporter since Graham first walked on the field in the spring of 2002," Felger writes.

Rich Thompson, also of the Herald, examines the growing rapport between Brady and his center Dan Koppen. "Koppen is the pointman in the Patriots offense, and he has grown accustomed to Brady rewriting the script at the line. Koppen credits Brady's command of the offense and knowledge of the Colts defense for effectively making last-second alterations," writes Thompson.

Thompson also has a feature on Brady, through the lens of another former Michigan quarterback, Jim Harbaugh. "He's as cool as they come," Harbaugh told Thompson. "The thing about Brady is that nothing rattles him and I love that about him. He's just as tough as nails."

Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe notes the forward progress of Rosevelt Colvin, which continued Thursday night with his solo tackle and three assists. "Colvin has recovered enough to play pro football, but he's not yet the player who sacked the quarterback 21 times over a two-year period with the Bears," writes Cafardo.

Cafardo looks at yesterday's games and what they mean to the AFC East. "Few conclusions can be drawn after Week 1 of the National Football League season, but after AFC East play had concluded yesterday it seemed New England and New York could be the most complete teams, and that Buffalo and Miami are offensively challenged," writes Cafardo.

In The Woonsocket Call, Michael Parente checks in on the injury to Ty Law, who was in and out of the game against the Colts. "Ty Law's hamstring injury doesn't appear to be getting any better, but there is some good news. He has plenty of time to rest before the next game," writes Parente.

In The Providence Journal, Tom Curran has a Patriots quiz, as well as some notable quotes from last week's game and beyond.

Finally, on ESPN.com, John Clayton has a feature on ten must see-games for this season. Included in the list are Patriots showdowns with the Dolphins, at home October 10th, and Chiefs, in Kansas City November 22nd.

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