Before Wes Welker hauled in a 41-yard touchdown pass from Tom Brady on Sunday in the Patriots' 38-20 victory over the Eagles, the wide receiver told his quarterback exactly what he was going to do.

"He said before the play if I get this certain look, I'm going to fake like I'm running the in cut and run the post," Brady said. "He did it and came to the sideline and he's like, 'I told you.' It's nice when they work out how you talk about and Wes is so consistent and reliable. He's a phenomenal player."

PHILADELPHIA -- Wes Welker caught a pair of touchdown passes from Tom Brady while BenJarvus Green-Ellis scored twice on a pair of short touchdown runs as the Patriots erased an early deficit and cruised to a 38-20 win over the Eagles Sunday afternoon at Lincoln Financial Field. Brady also hit Rob Gronkowski for a 24-yard TD pass over the middle in the fourth quarter as he finished 24-of-34 for 361 yards and three touchdowns. 

PHILADELPHIA -- The Patriots listed third quarterback Ryan Mallett as inactive for Sunday's game against the Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mallett has been inactive for all but one of 11 games so far in his rookie season. He was active in Week 3 against Buffalo. 

The six remaining inactive Patriots players were all announced Saturday night by the team, including receiver Chad Ochocinco, who didn't practice Friday with a bad hamstring. 

Here are 10 matchups we’ll be looking for in Sunday’s Patriots-Eagles game in Philadelphia:


According to multiple reports, all citing a league spokesperson, the NFL fined Patriots guard Logan Mankins $7,500 for a late hit against the Chiefs in Monday night's victory over Kansas City. Mankins was flagged for unnecessary roughness in the fourth quarter of the contest when he shoved defensive end Amon Gordon to the ground after the play; the Patriots were also penalized for an illegal shift on the play, resulting in a Tom Brady-to-Aaron Hernandez touchdown catch being taken off the board. Mankins now has incurred eight penalties this year, most on the Patriots.

FOXBORO -- Chad Ochocinco was one of three Patriots players absent from the media portion of practice Friday. The wideout was one of 11 members of the Patriots listed on the injury report, being identified as having a hamstring issue. Also not present at the beginning of practice for the Pats were linebackers Brandon Spikes (knee) and Dane Fletcher (thumb), with both ruled out.

Ochocinco joined Deion Branch, cornerback Devin McCourty, and safety Patrick Chung as those listed questionable. Wide receiver Wes Welker and guard Brian Waters were classified as probable.

According to a report from Albert Breer of NFL Network, Eagles quarterback Michael Vick will almost certainly miss Sunday's game vs. the Patriots. Vick broke multiple ribs in Week 10 vs. the Cardinals and did not play in last Sunday's win over the Giants.

FOXBORO -- Speaking prior to the Patriots' Friday practice at Gillette Stadium, head coach Bill Belichick talked about what awaits his team when going up against former Patriot Asante Samuel.

"I think we know you have to be careful throwing around him," said Belichick of the 30-year-old cornerback. "He's very instinctive, he's got good balls skills, he's got quickness. You just have to be careful. Tom [Brady] has thrown against him hundreds of times. I think he has a good feel for what it's like to play against him."

FOXBORO -- Andre Carter has seen firsthand the sort of damage Michael Vick can do.

The Eagles' defensive secondary, already shorthanded because of Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie's ankle injury, might be missing another key weapon when the Patriots arrive for Sunday's game. On Thursday, cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha was taken off the practice field on a cart after injuring his knee during a non-contact drill. The Eagles said they would have no comment on the extent of the injury until Friday.