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Patriots.com News Blitz - 9/21/2011

Greg A. Bedard of the Boston Globe goes position by position to break down the Patriots performance against the Chargers. Once again Tom Brady and his receivers receive high marks for their outstanding effort. For another week the offensive line gets some of the highest marks for their performance with new players in new places. The special teams also get high marks from Bedard.

Carolyn Thornton of the Providence Journal looks at the possibility for both Rob and Dan Gronkowski to contribute in their return to their hometown. With an injury to Aaron Hernandez (sprained MCL), the elder statesman of the Gronkowski family has a good chance to make an impact on Sunday. Dan Gronkowski said, "It's awesome playing with my brother, but I also watch him on film and everything, too, and I take notes from him, even though he's younger than me. This offense is very dynamic, and it's fun being part of it."

Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald writes about the recent charitable work the Patriots players have been a part of. On Monday Jerod Mayo hosted his "Mayo Bowl" bowling event, a charity event to benefit Pitching in for Kids and Boston Medical Center. On Tuesday many players were seen at Matt Light's annual Celebrity Shootout which raises money for the Light Foundation's initiatives, including academic scholarships and programs for at-risk teens. Vince Wilfork, who was in attendance at both events with his wife Bianca, said, "Any time you get a chance to break away from football for a little bit and do something for a good cause, it's priceless for us. You get a chance to relax, come out, hang out, have fun, hang with some fans, meet new people, it's always a great time."

Chris Forsberg of ESPNBoston.com looks at the performance of the offensive line over the first two weeks. The offensive line was a big topic of conversation heading into the San Diego game with Dan Connolly starting at center, Sebastian Vollmer returning from injury, and Brian Waters starting with his second right tackle in his first two games as a Patriot. "I thought the whole offensive line played a very good, tough game against a very good San Diego front," said offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien. "We have five, six, [or] seven guys who all work really well together, and that's showing up on the field. Hopefully that continues."

Howard Ulman of the Associated Press writes about the week 3 match-up between the undefeated Patriots and their opponent, the undefeated Buffalo Bills. Through two weeks, the AFC East rivals are number one and two in points scored with the Bills slightly ahead of the Patriots. With a 15 game winning streak against the Bills it could be easy for the Patriots to overlook their week 3 opponent. Mark Anderson feels different however, "You never can underestimate any team," Anderson said Monday. "They got a great start. They look very good on offense from what I've seen, running the ball as well as passing."

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