FOXBORO -- On a day when everyone connected with the Patriots was defending wide receiver Chad Ochocinco (click here,

Patriots coach Bill Belichick made his weekly appearance with Glenn Ordway and Michael Holley Monday on The Big Show, discussing the Sunday's 20-16 victory over the Cowboys and the state of the team as it enters its bye week. 

One of the topics discussed was receiver Chad Ochocinco, whom the team acquired in the offseason from the Bengals in exchange for a 2012 fifth-round pick and a 2013 sixth-round pick. Through six games, Ochocinco is fifth on the team with nine receptions and 136 receiving yards. He has yet to score a touchdown this season. 

Chad Ochocinco has appeared to struggle at times over the course of his six-game career with the Patriots, but offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien and director of player personnel Nick Caserio are standing by him.

One day after he went without a catch in the Patriots’ 20-16 win over the Cowboys, both O’Brien and Caserio lauded the work and progression of the wide receiver who has just nine catches through six games.

Patriots fans hoping for a boost in the receiving game in the form of Brandon Lloyd will have to look elsewhere. According to's Jason LaCanfora, the Broncos have agreed to send Lloyd to the Rams.

The Patriots were reported to be one of the teams in the mix for Lloyd, the ninth-year receiver who led the league with 1,448 yards last season. The 49ers also were rumored to be a finalist.

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Patriots receiver Deion Branch made his weekly appearance on the Mut & Merloni show Monday morning to discuss Sunday's 20-16 victory over the Cowboys.

"This game was so big," Branch said. "There was just so much emotion going into this game. Us wanting to continue the momentum that we have. Also, the bye week, we want to make sure we capitalize on that. It was just so much stuff. … We wanted to win the game more than anything."

After leading the Patriots to a last-minute, 20-16 victory over the Cowboys on Sunday, quarterback Tom Brady joined the Dennis & Callahan show for his weekly conversation as part of WEEI's Patriots Monday.

While the Patriots failed to score 30 points for the first time in 14 games, the defense kept it a close game and Brady was able to engineer another winning drive. Brady said it was a good example of the type of complementary football the team likes to see.

FOXBORO -- Ten years ago this past week, Tom Brady led the Patriots on the first comeback of his professional career, carrying New England past the Chargers in front of a rain-soaked crowd at Foxboro Stadium.

FOXBORO -- The Patriots may have beaten the Cowboys, 20-16, on Tom Brady's 8-yard pass to Aaron Hernandez with 22 seconds remaining but the Cowboys felt they made a point in holding Wes Welker to six catches and a season-low 45 yards. Cornerback Orlando Scandrick was the defensive back assigned to Welker all afternoon by Dallas defensive coordinator Rob Ryan. 

FOXBORO -- Tom Brady hit Aaron Hernandez on a crossing route in the end zone with 22 seconds left to lift the Patriots to a dramatic 20-16 win over the Cowboys in a mistake-filled game on Sunday at Gillette Stadium. Dan Bailey converted a 26-yard field goal with just over five minutes left in the fourth quarter as the Cowboys took a three-point lead. Despite turning the ball over four times, the Patriots took sole possession of first place in the AFC East after the Bills fell to the Giants, 27-24, at MetLife Stadium earlier in the afternoon. 

The Patriots are one of three teams interested in acquiring wide receiver Brandon Lloyd, according to Jay Glazer of Lloyd, currently with the Denver Broncos, is reportedly a candidate to be dealt before this week's NFL trade deadline, with the Rams and 49ers also apparently interested. (On the CBS pregame show, Charley Casserly indicated that the Titans could also be in the mix.) A 6-foot, 188-pounder out of Illinois, he has 19 catches for 283 yards in four games this season with the Broncos.