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Patriots.com News Blitz - 9/18/2006

Mike Reiss of The Boston Globe reports that for the second week in a row, the Patriots were able to eke out a victory. They played dodge ball both weeks, though this week there inconsistencies came at a different time in the game.

The Boston Globe's Ron Borges explains that the Patriots are keeping thier heads. "You've got to be tough. You've got to be physical. And you've got to be smart," said former Patriot turned Jet, Matt Chatham. "We were physical and we showed a lot of resiliency, especially in the second half, but we were not smart. I think that's the difference between their team and ours."

Bob Ryan of The Boston Globe reports that winning is only half the battle. "The boys are now 2-0 either because of, or despite, themselves," says Ryan, who's not quite convinced of the Patriots strength.

John Tomase of the Boston Herald wonders why the game wasn't as easy as many thought it would be. Tomase takes a look at some defensive breakdowns that occured in Sunday's game.

Michael Felger of the Boston Herald reports on the Patriots victory, noting that the Patriots are, if anything, still a clutch franchise.

The Boston Globe's Mike Reiss reports that it's "quite refreshing to have a Bruschi." Linebacker Tedy Bruschi returned to the field on Sunday after suffering a broken wrist in the preseason. "Only Tedy comes back with a cast on his stinking arm and has an interception," Mike Vrabel said. "That's him, though. It was great to see him back."

The Boston Herald's John Tomase also offers a feature on Bruschi's return.

Christopher L. Gasper of The Boston Globe reports that Patriots fans have been waiting a long time to see what wide receiver Chad Jackson can do. Sidelined since training camp with a slow-healing hamstring, Jackson returned to the field yesterday for two catches including a touchdown. "It was a relief to just get in the game," said Jackson. "As a rookie, you never think you're going to get that much playing time but, at the same time, getting the catch and scoring a touchdown, that's a great feeling for me."

Are you an aspiring sports writer between the ages of 13 and 18? The Boston Herald* *reports that scholarships will be given away for stories recapping any game the Patriots play this season. Check the link under the subheading 'Write on!"

In another feature on Jackson, the Boston Herald's Albert Breer reports on the rookie wideout's NFL debut.

Amalie Benjamin of The Boston Globe reports that many people made a big deal over the Mangini-Belichick coaching matchup in Sunday's game. Two people who didn't were Belichick and Mangini.

In a similar story, The Providence Journal's Shalise Manza Young reports that Sunday's game turned into a test for the mentor in the matchup.

Steve Buckley of the Boston Herald* *offers a similar story, including analysis of the post-game handshake between Mangini and Belichick.

The Boston Herald's staff lists the game's best and worst performances in a number of categories.

The Herald's Albert Breer takes a look at the Patriots strong running performance in Sunday's game.

Matt Gagne of the Boston Herald reports on the Patriots game-saving drive, which made use of veteran "Clock Killin'" Corey Dillon.

Tony Massarotti of the Boston Herald* *explains that the Patriots passing game improved this week, but still leaves some things to be desired.

The Providene Journal's Shalise Manza Young explains that Tom Brady is continuing to adjust to this season's offensive changes. He showed that in Sunday's game.

Michael Felger of the Boston Herald explains that the Jets spent much of Sunday's game in a no-huddle offense. The Patriots were unshaken by the Jets machine gun attack.

The Providence Journal's Joe McDonald offers his game analysis.

Alan Greenberg of the Hartford Courant explains that the Patriots faultered, but didn't fall in Sunday's game.

Greenberg also takes a look at the Pats receivers, a few of whom were broken in by Tom Brady in last night's game. Even a stiff new glove can catch a well-placed ball, it seems.

Rich Garven of the Worcester Telegram & Gazette reports on three new-ish faces in the Patriots victory over the Jets.

Don't forget to check out Mike Reiss' Pats blog, brought to you by The Boston Globe.

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