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Patriots.com News Blitz - 9/20/2006

The Boston Globe's Mike Reiss reports on changes the Broncos have made since defeating the Patriots in the postseason last year. "In the end, we felt good enough with how the season went - to beat the defending champs at home and ultimately slip into home-field advantage - that we felt retaining the core of the team was important," said Broncos general manager Ted Sundquist.

Boston Globe writer Mike Reiss delves into the AFC rivalry that's sprung up between the Patriots and the Broncos over the last decade, despite the teams not being in the same division. They've played each other every year for the last 12.

Michael Felger of the Boston Herald reports that things have been dicey in Denver recently, where quarterback Jake Plummer is still riding on last season's success. The Broncos grabbed rookie QB Jay Cutler this season, and he seems to be chomping at the bit for a chance to lead the team. Felger has other Patriots notes as well.

TheBoston Herald* *sports staff makes note of the Pats running defense, which appears to be stronger than it has been in quite some time.

The Patriot Ledger's Eric McHugh reports on the Patriots receiving corps, foregrounding Chad Jackson and Doug Gabriel.

The Patriot Ledger also offers a story on the Pats defense's killer instinct, or lack there of.

The Patriot Ledger's* *Eric McHugh also reports on the negative press coach Belichick has been getting in New York recently.

The Enterprise reports that, after two weeks the Patriots appear to be the best team in the AFC East by a long shot.

Lauren Carter of The Sun Chronicle reports that the Rolling Stones are coming to Gillette Stadium tonight. Kanye West will be opening for them, and tonight marks their first U.S. date in the second part of the tour.

Michael Parenti of the* Woonsocket Call* reports on Sunday's matchup at Gillette Stadium. Parenti takes a look at the Broncos, comparing them to last season.

Also don't forget to check out The Boston Globe's blog, Reiss' Pieces.

Reiss also updated his mailbag recently.

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