Former Patriots great Rodney Harrison joined Dale & Holley to talk about this weekend's Pats game with the Jets and was asked for a prediction right off the bat. "I think the Patriots will win, definitely," Harrison said. "I'm really impressed with the defense, the youth and the speed. I'm watching the tape and I'm like, 'Wow, look how fast how these guys are.'"

 

FOXBORO -- Wes Welker admitted Thursday that he would love to be without the bulky brace on his left knee but that might be wishful thinking at this early point of the season. 

 

"We'll see where we're at," Welker said. "I'm definitely ready to get rid of it. We're definitely going to be cautious with it." 

 

On Wednesday, Patriots QB Tom Brady made his feelings known loud and clear about the many empty seats disguised as fans at Gillette Stadium for most of the fourth quarter, when the Patriots raced out to a 38-17 lead in Sunday’s 38-24 win over the Cincinnati Bengals. “The road environment is very different than our very friendly home crowd, who when I looked up, half the stadium was gone when we were up 21 points early fourth quarter, which I wasn’t so happy about,” Brady said. “I don’t think the Jets fans leave early.

Speaking on the Dennis & Callahan Show, ESPN NFL analyst Mark Schlereth said the attention the Jets have brought upon themselves might come back to haunt them, citing how especially motivated Ray Lewis and his Baltimore Ravens were heading into the Jets' Monday Night Football loss to Lewis' team.

 

During his weekly interview with Dennis & Callahan, FoxSports NFL analyst Brian Billick suggested that the Jets won't be able to beat the Patriots Sunday with Mark Sanchez having the type of game he turned in during New York's season opener. 

 

Back to the bag. 

It's been a while, but Patriots season means you'll be getting another weekly installment of the Minihane mailbag. Unless no one reads the stuff, then I'll just stick to writing report cards and trying to find more ideas for top 10 lists. The choice is yours. 



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According to a report in the Boston Herald, Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis on Wednesday refused to step back from his comments last season about Randy Moss. Revis referred to Moss as a "slouch" after limiting the All-Pro wideout in both 2009 matchups.

 

The Jets will be without two defensive stars when they take the field against Tom Brady and the high-powered Patriots offense on Sunday at the New Meadowlands Stadium. Defensive tackle Kris Jenkins was placed on season-ending injured reserve with a knee injury while linebacker Calvin Pace is not expected to miss as much time as originally expected with a foot injury but he will still be out this Sunday.

 

The full Jets' Wednesday injury report:

Placed on IR

DT Kris Jenkins (knee)

 

FOXBORO -- Running back Fred Taylor is among those listed on the first injury report of the week as the Patriots get ready to take on the New York Jets this Sunday at the New Meadowlands Stadium. 

 

Patriots' Wednesday injury report

 

Did Not Participate in Practice

OT Nick Kaczur (back)

CB Terrence Wheatley (foot)

 

Limited Participation in Practice

WR Julian Edelman (foot)

RB Fred Taylor (toe)

 

New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan said Wednesday that he has spoken with Adalius Thomas but stopped short of saying that the Jets were close to bringing him on board as part of their star-studded linebacking corps.

 

"We're set pretty good with the guys we have," Ryan said. "We have Jason Taylor and Bryan Thomas, so we feel pretty good about our outside backers."