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Patriots.com News Blitz - 9/25/2007

While the Patriots 3-0 record to start the season has raised few red flags, it's Patriots head coach Bill Belichick's record on coaching challenges that gets called into question in a Boston Globe piece.

Over the course of three games, Belichick has thrown out the red challenge flag three times and lost all three.

In his press conference yesterday at Gillette Stadium, Belichick spoke about his challenge philosophy. "The more important the play is, the more likely I probably would be to throw it regardless of how convincing the evidence was," he said.

An article in the Boston Herald takes a look at Vince Wilfork's questionable hit on the knee of Buffalo Bills quarterback J.P. Losman during Sunday's game. On WEEI's Dale and Holley show, Wilfork acknowlegded that the hit was low and that he fully expects a fine for the hit, but also said that he did not intend to hurt Losman. "I did hit him low, so I'm sure the NFL will have something coming, a FedEx in my locker this week. I'm moving forward and so is the team."

The Patriots ground attack came alive in Sundays 38-7 win over the Buffalo Bills and is highlighted in a Boston Herald piece. Patriots running backs churned out 177 yards on 38 attempts, including 103 yards from running back Laurence Maroney. It was Maroney's second 100-yard game of his career and his first this season.

The grades are in for this week's Patriots report card in the Boston Herald. As the Patriots boast the No. 1 offense (441 yards per game) and the No. 1 defense (207 yards allowed per game) in the NFL, high grades are abound. Leading the pack is Patriots quarterback Tom Brady with an "A" grade and the wide receivers with an "A " grade.

Quick Hits

  • The Boston Herald offers a piece which compares the Patriots wide receiver corps from last season to the current core.
  • The Providence Journal points out that the Patriots red zone defense is an area of concern as in each of their opponents five trips to the red zone, the Pats have allowed a touchdown each time.
  • The Providence Journal offers a piece on Patriots center/guard Russ Hochstein, who filled in admireably for injured Stephen Neal.
  • The Boston Globe's Patriots Blog takes a closer look at the Patriots defensive personnel, and how each player is being utilized.
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