Patriots defensive lineman Vince Wilfork made his weekly appearance on the Dale & Holley show Monday morning as part of WEEI's Patriots Monday. Wilfork said "it was something special" to walk away with a win in Detroit on Thanksgiving Day.

 

Now, he's turned his attention to the Jets, who pay a visit next Monday night. "We're looking forward to a division rival," he said. "We're going to slug it out. It's going to be an exciting game, and hopefully we're going to be on the winning side of it."

 

Danny Woodhead has become a key part of the New England offense. (AP)Danny Woodhead has faced doubt his whole life. Even when he first joined the Patriots, there was some initial skepticism the 5-foot-9, 195-pound running back could be a contributor — when talking about him in interviews, a couple of veterans couldn’t even get his name right, calling him “Goodhead.”



Boomer Esiason of CBS Sports joined the Dennis & Callahan show Monday morning for his weekly analysis of the NFL. Looking at next Monday night's Patriots-Jets showdown, Esiason said he expects the Patriots to earn a split of the season series. "I thought in the preseason that these two teams would split home and home," Esiasons said. "I still believe that."

 

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Monday morning as part of WEEI's Patriots Monday. Brady said despite the fact that his stellar play of late has catapulted him into discussion for league MVP, he has plenty of room for improvement leading up to next Monday night's AFC East showdown vs. the Jets. "I could play better, there's no doubt about that," he said. "And I really think this would be a great week for it."

 

Report Card time and we'll look forward by looking back.

Sure, we'll hand out the grades from last Thursday's win by the Patriots over the Lions, but it's been four days since we got to watch Kid Rock and listen to The Rock and everything else from the 45-24 (much closer than that final, by the way) Thanksgiving game. It's time to get ready for the Jets. So we'll try and figure out if anything we saw in the Lions game might be factor in next Monday night's heavyweight battle.

To the card we go ...

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Speaking to the Boston Globe, Patriots owner Robert Kraft said regarding the negotiating of the collective bargaining agreement, "For us to collectively mess this up would be criminal."

 

Tom Brady struggled in the second half against the Jets earlier this season. (AP)Over the last two months, few teams have changed as much as the Patriots.



Speaking at his daily press conference, Jets head coach Rex Ryan reiterated that while he believes his Patriots counterpart, Bill Belichick, should be considered tops among NFL coaches, it won't stop New York from believing it will come out on top when the Jets face off with the Pats a week from Monday. 

 

Lions quarterback Shaun Hill has accused the Patriots to break his left arm during a play in Thursday's game, according to MLive.com.

Hill alleges that during a quarterback sneak during the second quarter of Thursday's game, he extended his arms toward the goal line and felt someone in the scrum trying to break his arm, which was broken five weeks ago.

Devin McCourty celebrates one of his two interceptions on Thursday against the Lions. (AP)Watch Devin McCourty this year, and more and more, you get the feeling you’re getting in on the ground floor of something great. One day, you as a sports fan will be able to brag that you saw him play when the cornerback was a rookie.