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Patriots.com News Blitz - 9/5/2008

The season opener is just two days away as the New England Patriots begin their quest for a Super Bowl title against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Today, the *Boston Globe *takes a look at running back Sammy Morris, who is a workhorse on the field and a budding photographer outside the lines.

The *Boston Herald *focuses on the rookie linebacker Jerod Mayoand the Patriots' defense, which will face a stiff test Sunday against Kansas City running back Larry Johnson.

"They have a lot of depth at that position," Patriots head coach Bill Belichicktold the Herald.

Through it all, the Patriots' defense remains upbeat despite a poor showing in the preseason.

Offensively, the Patriots are counting on their depth at running back, which includes veteran LaMont Jordan. The former Oakland Raider is thrilled to be a part of the organization.

The Patriots are hoping they can duplicate their record-setting production from last season in which they scored 589 points.

Wide receiver Wes Welker's production will go a long way in determining how successful the offense is in 2008. Welker's a little rusty after injuring his rib in the preseason, but appears ready for Week 1.

Elsewhere, tight end David Thomasis finally healthy and ready to go following an injury-plagued season in 2007.

Also, the *Herald *takes a look at rookie linebacker Gary Guyton, who made the final cut as an undrafted rookie and is willing to fill in anywhere.

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Today's *Kansas City Star *profiles Chiefs defensive end Tamba Hali, who is looking forward to a breakthrough season in 2008 while replacing Pro Bowler Jared Allen.

The *Star *also reports on Johnson, who is looking forward to Sunday's opener after missing most of last season with an injury.

Finally, Sports Illustrated predicts 10 things that will unfold in 2008, which includes an item about Brady.

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