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The New England Patriots are focusing on their superb special teams play while looking to shore up their weaknesses as they head into the bye week in today's News Blitz.

Accentuating the positives in the aftermath of a difficult loss, the *Boston Globe *takes a look at New England's kick return game, which is ranked No. 1 in the league after three weeks.

Ellis Hobbs' ability to take advantage of the holes created by his teammates has given the Patriots solid field position on a consistent basis.

Hobbs has played a major role in the field position battle. He had two long returns last weekend and helped set up New England's only touchdown.

“He's good. He's very good,” fullback Heath Evanstold the MetroWest Daily News.

Special teams' ace Larry Izzogives the credit to position coach Brad Seely.

The *Globe *also reports on former wide receiver Troy Brown's imminent retirement.

The *Boston Herald *takes a look at the lack of protection for quarterback Matt Cassel, who faced pressure from the opposing defense in last weekend's loss to the Miami Dolphins.

Meanwhile, the defense is looking to get on the same page after a poor performance on Sunday.

“Everybody has to play together,” defensive lineman Jarvis Greentold the Herald.

Lastly, the *Brockton Enterprise *takes a look at new wide receiver Maurice Price, who spent time with the Kansas City Chiefs before getting released from their practice squad last Friday.

Quick hits

A column in today's Allentown (Pa.) Morning Call tells readers to stick a fork in the Patriots' "over the hill" defense.

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