The NFL announced Monday afternoon that Patriots defensive end Jermaine Cunningham has been suspended four games without pay for violating league policy on performance enhancing substances. According to Greg Bedard of the Boston Globe, Cunningham tested positive for Adderall. 

CBS Sports NFL analyst Boomer Esiason made his weekly appearance with Dennis & Callahan and talked about the Patriots' dominant win over the Jets, what the Jets have to do going forward, and more news from around the NFL.

Esiason looked at the Patriots' performance over the last few games and said he thought they could be a Super Bowl contender, but he noted that they will have to prove it down the stretch.

Tom Brady made his weekly WEEI Patriots Monday appearance on Dennis & Callahan Monday morning and talked about the team's 49-19 rout of the AFC East rival Jets on Thanksgiving night.

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With the post-Thanksgiving stretch starting this week -- and the Patriots having put enough separation between themselves and the rest of the AFC East to start talking about possible division-clinching games -- it’s not too early to take a look at the AFC playoff picture. With that in mind, if the postseason started today, here’s how things would look:

Patriots cornerback Kyle Arrington was hit with a $21,000 fine for his hit on Colts quarterback Andrew Luck in last Sunday's game at Gillette Stadium. Arrington was fined but not penalized for the helmet-to-helmet hit on Luck in the second half while Jerod Mayo was not fined for his roughing the passer infraction in the third quarter. 

The fine was announced by the NFL on Friday afternoon. The league has not announced fines yet from Thursday's game, including the Jets-Patriots game at MetLife Stadium. 

Jets coach Rex Ryan, in a conference call with reporters on Friday morning -- the day after his team's 49-19 mauling at the hands of the Patriots -- credited New England as "an excellent football team" but insisted that he would not describe the gap between his team and his AFC East as insurmountable. 

EAST RUTHERFORD -- The race for the AFC East title is over.

EAST RUTHERFORD -- There was rampant speculation inside MetLife Stadum when the Jets fell behind 35-0 late in the second quarter that Tim Tebow would finally appear at quarterback, replacing Mark Sanchez. 

After the 49-19 thrashing of the Jets was complete, Tebow explained why he was never inserted into the game, despite being active. 

"Two fractured ribs," Tebow announced, adding he suffered the injury on Nov. 11 in Seattle.