The Patriots have waived defensive lineman Louis Leonard, according to ESPN. Leonard was signed last Wednesday and was active for Sunday's win over the Packers, but did not play defense. The 26-year-old Leonard is a 6-foot-4, 325-pounder who played collegiately at Fresno State, then spent one season with Cleveland and a year-plus with Carolina before signing with the Patriots last week. For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.

Former Patriots safety and NBC analyst Rodney Harrison joined the Dale & Holley Show on Tuesday. Harrison was teammates with Tom Brady for six seasons, including the 2007 season that saw the quarterback set an NFL record with 50 touchdown passes. He was asked if Brady is currently playing at a higher level than he did in 2007.

 

Even though they struggled a bit in beating the Packers, the Patriots still remain as the No. 1 team in the latest WEEI.com Power Rankings. Sitting at No. 2 are the Falcons, followed by the Eagles, Ravens, and Jets. No team in the NFC West ranks higher than No. 21, with Rams (21), 49ers (24) and Seahawks (25) all vying to claim the top spot in their division. To see Joe Zarbano's complete rankings click here.

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Patriots coach Bill Belichick joined The Big Show for his regular Monday visit and while he feels there were a number of things the Patriots could have done better in their 31-27 win over the Packers, he's obviously happy with the overall result. "It's good to be 12-2," Belichick said. "We've got a lot of work to do and we know that, but it's good to be 12-2." 

 

Patriots linebacker Tully Banta-Cain stopped by for a visit with the Dale & Holley show Monday afternoon at Gillette Stadium as part of WEEI's Patriots Monday.

 

Patriots cornerback Kyle Arrington checked in with the Dale & Holley show Monday from Gillette Stadium to talk about his interception in Sunday night's 31-27 victory over the Packers.

 

Patriots defensive lineman Vince Wilfork stopped by for a visit with Dale & Holley at Gillette Stadium as part of his weekly Patriots Monday appearance.

 

Wilfork said he takes positives and negatives from Sunday night's 31-27 victory over the Packers in which the defense had a number of struggles, especially on third down. It wasn't our greatest game," Wilfork acknowledged. "We didn't go our and dominate like we wanted to at times. ... If we play like that going forward, we will get beat."

 

CBS Sports NFL analyst Boomer Esiason made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Monday morning to talk about the Patriots' 31-27 victory over the Packers and other NFL news.

 

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Monday morning, only hours after leading the Pats to a 31-27 victory over the Packers at Gillette Stadium.

 

The Packers started the game with an onside kick that they recovered, and they pushed the Patriots to the limit. "These games are hard to win any way you're looking at them," Brady said. "They played very well. From the opening kickoff I knew that, OK this is going to be one of those games. This is the way it's going to go."