Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo checked in with the Dale & Holley show Friday morning and talked about why the Patriots seem to be so far ahead of other teams when it comes to playing in inclement weather.

 

ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning and talked about the Patriots' incredible success of late.

 

"You can't watch them and not be impressed," he said, noting: "They've scored in their last five games 196 points, which is 32 more than the Panthers have scored in 13 games this season."

 

FOXBORO — It’s difficult to measure the impact of a single offensive lineman — there are no easy go-to stats.



One man's Week 15 NFL picks, made while trying to figure out if I should let my strength coach stand this close to the computer …

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San Francisco (+9.5) over SAN DIEGO 



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FOXBORO — The Packers had two key players — quarterback Aaron Rodgers and linebacker Frank Zombo — miss Thursday practice. Here's the complete injury report:

Out
DE Cullen Jenkins (calf)

Did Not Participate
QB Aaron Rodgers (concussion)
LB Frank Zombo (knee)

Limited Participation
G Darryn Colledge (knee)
LB Clay Mattews (shin)
DE Ryan Pickett (ankle)
S Anthony Smith (ankle)
CB Charles Woodson (toe/ankle)

FOXBORO — The Patriots had four defensive linemen — Ron Brace, Myron Pryor, Gerard Warren and Mike Wright — all did not practice for the Patriots Thursday afternoon. Here's the complete injury report from the Patriots:

Did Not Participate
DL Ron Brace (concussion)
NT Myron Pryor (back)
DL Gerard Warren (knee)
DL Mike Wright (concussion)

Limited Participation
QB Tom Brady (right shoulder/foot)
WR Deion Branch (knee)
CB Devin McCourty (rib)

FOXBORO -- Tom Brady and Devin McCourty returned to Patriots practice Thursday as the team practiced outside in slightly warmer conditions in preparation for Sunday night's game against Green Bay. 

 

Four players - all along the defensive line - were still missing as Ron Brace, Mike Wright, Myron Pryor and Gerard Warren were not spotted during the open portion of practice. The team practiced in sweats and shells for the second straight day. 

 

FOXBORO -- Patriots nose tackle Vince Wilfork said Thursday he isn't worried about his current third-place standing in AFC Pro Bowl balloting among defensive tackles. Voting ends Monday night following the Bears-Vikings game. 

 

Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs told the Baltimore Sun on Thursday that he feels that Drew Brees -- not Tom Brady or Peyton Manning -- is the best quarterback in the NFL.

 

“Well, in my eyes he’s better," said Suggs when asked if facing Brees is similar to facing Brady or Manning. "Maybe it could be my personal vendetta against the other guys, but he’s definitely one of the premier quarterbacks in this league, and he’s got the numbers to prove it. And not only that, he’s got the hardware to prove it.”

FOXBORO — The Packers are taking no chances with quarterback Aaron Rodgers, as Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy said Wednesday that Rodgers didn’