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Patriots.com News Blitz - 9/9/2008

As expected, all the talk today is about Tom Brady'sseason-ending knee injury.

The players are lamenting the loss of their leader, but are also ready to move on as they prepare for this weekend's game against the Jets.

Meanwhile, backup Matt Cassel's teammates are rushing to his support now that he's the new starting quarterback.

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The national media also weighed in on the Patriots' chances without Brady.

Sports Illustrated looks at the winners and losers in the aftermath of Brady's injury.

Among the winners are the San Diego Chargers, who have been eliminated by the Patriots in the playoffs in each of the last two seasons.

Yahoo! reminds us how quickly things can change when one player goes down.

ESPN says we'll now find out just how good head coach Bill Belichickis now that he doesn't have his star quarterback.

The view from New York is far less sympathetic. A New York Post column suggests this is payback.

Jets head coach Eric Mangini is far less enthusiastic.

Finally, the *New York Daily News *suggests the time is now for the Jets to take hold of the division. No more excuses.

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