Patriots quarterback Tom Brady checked in with Dennis & Callahan for his weekly chat Monday morning, following Sunday’s dominant 34-9 victory over the Lions, and talked about Darrelle Revis, Jonas Gray, Odell Beckham Jr. and Randy Moss. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

With their seventh straight win, the Patriots are 9-2 and look like they have established some separation from the pack. Brady cautioned that there still is plenty of room for improvement.

“I think it’s a week-to-week thing,” he said. “At different times over the course of the year we’ve done a lot of things really well, and you really want them to all come together on game day. I’m sure there’s always things we can get better at. I thought we did a lot of good things offensively yesterday, but I think we could have been even better. You’ve just got to go out there every week trying to improve and stay sharp and improve things that have shown up over the course of the season and we haven’t done as well consistently.

“It’s great to win, but as always when you win it’s never as good as you think, and when you lose it’s never as bad as you think. We’ll go in today and watch the film and talk about all the things we can do better. We obviously are playing well, we’ve got a lot of good things going. We’re continuing to be tested, because we’ve played a lot of good opponents here the past bunch of weeks, and now we’ve got another one coming up on Sunday.”

Running back Jonas Gray, the star of last week’s win over the Colts, sat out Sunday after arriving late to practice Friday.

“Those are always coach’s decisions to do certain things,” Brady said. “It’s unfortunate for everybody involved. You never want to see those things, because all these guys are important to us, and Jonas is a big part of our team and a big part of the reason why we won a huge game in our season. You just hate to see someone disciplined, but that’s just the way coach decided to handle it.”

Darrelle Revis is showing the Patriots why he deserved his huge contract in the offseason, anchoring a defense that dominated Detroit.

“If you play a team that has a great player on the other side of the ball, you’ve got to do things offensively to try to not allow that guy to make a lot of plays,” Brady said. ” Even for me, I’m on the sideline watching, and I see pass after pass go in his direction. When we played him, we didn’t necessarily do that. But every team chooses what they want to do, and they obviously don’t feel like throwing over there is a big deal. But it’s great when they do it, because he covers so well.

“I always think the most impressive thing is how he defends passes without getting penalties. There’s always a fine line between just a little pull here or a little tug there. I think Revis does such a great job of there’s contact where it’s legal and his hands are off and he’s got such great anticipation and quickness and savvy and ball skills and timing for the ball. You may get him once on something, but you’ll never get him twice.”

Next up is a game against the Packers in Green Bay, a matchup that is being billed a possible Super Bowl preview.

“We’re so far from that,” Brady said. “We’ve got so many games. If we’re lucky enough to make it there, nobody cares who we play. That’s so far down the road. We think about the one game we have ahead of us, which is a good opponent. We’ve got nine wins, we’ve done a good job getting ourselves to this position. Now this is when the weather turns, the mental toughness, the discipline, how much we’ve improved really comes into play.

“We’re playing one of the best teams in the league. This team plays better — they play like we do at home, they always play good. We’ve got our work cut out for us. They’ve got a great offense, they’ve got a great defense, they do a lot of things defensively that are a challenge for us. They’ve got a good rush, they’ve got good coverage, they play the run well and they can score a lot of points.

“It’s fun going to Lambeau. I’ve only been there once. I think I’ve been there for a preseason game, but only once in the regular season. And we won, which was great. I’d love to get to 2-0.”

Following are more highlights from the interview. For more Patriots news, visit the team page at

On Lions center Dominic Raiola’s cheap shot at the end of the game: “I don’t know, I didn’t really see the play. … I just think you’ve always got to go out there and protect yourself. We’re not going to quit. They’re not going to quit. And then some people get pissed off, and then emotions get the best of you. When you’re out there you’ve got to do everything you can to not take any play for granted, you’ve got to protect yourself. If someone’s going to try to cut you down, then you’ve got to play it like it’s a regular play. If we’re not going to take a knee — unless they want to stop playing and tell us, ‘Look, we’ll stop playing,’ and we’ll stop playing and we’ll just win, let’s just do that. But that’s not the way it goes. You play until the end of the game. You play until there’s no time left. If people don’t want to play that way then you’ve just got to understand the way it is and then play accordingly.”

On Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.’s amazing touchdown catch Sunday night: “Yeah, I saw it, and I couldn’t believe it. I kind of started laughing out loud. Ironically … just before that they were showing those catches of him in the pregame, and then all of a sudden he did it again. To do it on a ball like that — the ball was almost behind his head, and it barely even bobbled in his hand. It like stuck and then just started rolling and he got it to his body. That was unbelievable. That guy is going to be a hell of a player.”

On Randy Moss: “Randy had two great one-handed catches. He had the one against the Jets, and he had one against Miami where a guy was on him. We were going toward the lighthouse at home one day and he made a phenomenal catch. Randy was one of the greatest receivers ever to play the game. He was a game-changing player. Every time he took the field he was just one of the biggest threats to ever take the field. He was phenomenal.”

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Jerry Spar

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Tom Brady had another strong performance Sunday against the Lions. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Tom Brady had another strong performance Sunday against the Lions. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

FOXBORO — Last week the Patriots ran for 246 yards on the ground. This week the Patriots threw for 349 yards in the air.

Despite the different styles, the results were the virtually the same — a 33-17 win over the Colts last week, and a 34-9 win over the Lions this week.

The ability to win different ways, and play a different style of football each week depending on the opponent could go a long way, as the Patriots close out the regular-season and gear up for the likely postseason.

“We did a decent job so it was good to ‘€“ I thought we got off to a good start and then played from ahead,” Brady said. “We struggled a little bit there in the third quarter, but rallied there in the fourth. It was a good win. I thought a lot of guys made a lot of great plays. Some penalties really held us back from being a little bit more consistent, but it was a good game. Whatever it takes, we’€™re going to try to figure out, whatever it takes.”

Brady had another strong game Sunday, going 38-for-53 passing for 349 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. It was Brady’s 63rd 300-yard passing game of his career, which ties him with Dan Marino for third on the all-time NFL list.

The quarterback also did a tremendous job of spreading the ball around, as he has the majority of the seven-game win streak, as he completed five or more passes to five different receivers in Sunday’s win.

“It’€™s great when we can spread it around to different guys and it makes us tough to defend,” Brady said. “I thought we did a good job of that trying to find out matchups and making the plays. There were a lot of guys that are making plays out there — Gronk [Rob Gronkowski], Tim [Wright], Jules [Julian Edelman], JoJo [Brandon LaFell]. We’€™ve got a lot of guys that are contributing, so it’€™s a lot of fun.”

The Patriots don’t have any time to rest or praise the victory, as they will be facing their fourth straight division leader in as many games this coming Sunday when they travel to Green Bay and take on the Packers led by another elite quarterback, Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers and the Packers are a perfect 5-0 at home this year where he is averaging 284.8 passing yards a game with 18 touchdowns and not throwing an interception.

“I’€™ll let this one settle in for a little bit and then I’m sure tonight I’€™ll be getting after it,” said Brady. “They’€™re a great football team. We’€™ve played a lot of those it seems lately. They’€™re the next one on the schedule, so it will be a great challenge for us.”

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Ryan Hannable

Brandon Browner breaks up a pass intended for Calvin Johnson. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)FOXBORO -- Another Sunday, another quality quarterback humbled.

LeGarrette Blount ran over the Lions Sunday for a pair of touchdowns. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)FOXBORO -- No one goes for the jugular like the New England Patriots.



Brandon LaFell

Brandon LaFell

FOXBORO — Although he may not get the recognition like Rob Gronkowski or Tom Brady, there is no denying a major reason for the Patriots’ seven-game win streak has been the play of wide receiver Brandon LaFell.

Over the last six games, LaFell has caught 37 passes on 53 targets for 489 yards and four touchdowns, emerging as a third option for Brady besides Gronkowski and Julian Edelman.

LaFell continued his strong play Sunday with nine catches on 12 targets for 98 yards.

“It feels great to be where I’€™m at now compared to where I was at at the beginning of the season,” he said following the game. “Going out there, putting together good games back-to-back, earning time, trust, and the coaching staff’€™s trust. And the trust of my teammates to depend on me in big-time situations like it was today; to come to me in that situation. So it feels good, but as a whole offense and as a whole team, it feels good to be in the position we are at now.”

The first-year Patriot did go down awkwardly on his last catch of the game — late in the fourth quarter — landing hard on his shoulder and did not play another snap, but LaFell says he’s fine.

“I’€™m good. If we had a game tonight, I’€™d be ready to play,” LaFell said. “I’€™m good, I won’€™t miss [any] time. My body’€™s feeling great.”

The receiver has developed a good relationship with Brady on back-shoulder throws, something Brady eluded to during his weekly press conference this week. LaFell said it is a good way to stretch out defenses.

“We go out there and we throw the ball down the field. It kind of loosens defenses up,” he said. “They can’€™t sit on routes, they can’€™t put extra guys in for the run. You need to hit a couple of those plays or just throw them a couple of times a game just to loosen a defense up.”

Even though the Patriots scored 31 points — eclipsing the 30-point mark for the fourth straight game, LaFell said the team still left some plays on the field. As a team they committed 11 penalties for 84 yards, but as has been the case during the winning streak, when the Patriots needed a big drive or a big play they got it.

“It felt great, but at the end of the day it felt like we left a lot of plays out there,” he said. “We started off on fire and then we just got in our own way with penalties in the third quarter. When we needed a big drive at the end of the game we came out there and produced one.”€

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Ryan Hannable

FOXBORO —’s Mike Petraglia and Chris Price detail how the New England Patriots completely demoralized the Detroit Lions, 34-9, at Gillette Stadium.

The win improved the Patriots to 9-2 on the season, guaranteeing their 14th straight winning season, the fifth such longest streak in NFL history. The Patriots are also just the third team since the 1970 merger to record 14 straight winning seasons, two shy of the Cowboys (1970-86) and the 49ers (1983-98).

It was also New England’s 15th straight win at home, 12 shy of the NFL record of 27 set by the Miami Dolphins from 1971-74.

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Mike Petraglia

FOXBORO — Pick your poison. The Lions chose to double Rob Gronkowski often on Sunday in the red zone. That part worked but the Patriots killed the Lions with a heavy dose of Tim Wright, who caught a pair of touchdowns, including one where Tom Brady had no choice to but to throw it to him.

Wright caught a 4-yard TD pass over the middle in the first quarter as the Patriots took the lead for good. In the second quarter, Wright caught a pass in the end zone when there wasn’t a Lion within 10 yards of him.

Wright admitted after the Patriots’ 34-9 win Sunday that he was grateful for the attention Gronk drew, leaving him in single coverage or no coverage at all.

“We both work hard and try to play off of each other,” Wright said. “However the dice may fall, however the defense plays it, who doubles who, the other guy just has to be ready for the opportunity. That’€™s what we pride ourselves on.”

Wright caught three more passes in the second half but none for touchdowns and finished with just 36 yards receiving. But it was the red zone where Wright made it matter most.

“The Lions have a great defense all around,” Wright said. “We knew going into that game that whatever that role is, we had to stick to it and that’€™s what we had to utilize for that game. We did a great job. The [offensive] line held up great. Tom delivered. He does what he does all the time, and just the receivers getting open and doing their job.”

This was particularly important going in since the Lions fearsome front seven figured to rush the quarterback at all costs.

“We knew timing was critical going into it and the offensive line did a great job all week of sticking together and creating a scheme to defeat their d-line, defeat the pass rush. Give Tom time to deliver the ball, that’€™s what he did, and the receivers on the perimeter ran great routes and we got it done.”

Wright caught his fifth and sixth touchdowns of the season, a new career best, making that trade of Logan Mankins look better and better as the season goes on.

“It’€™s definitely rewarding,” Wright said. “Like I said, every phase of the ball is important to this game that we play. As long as everyone works hard during the week, it will pay off on Sunday.”

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Mike Petraglia
Fred Smerlas, Steve DeOssie and Butch Stearns break down all aspects of the Patriots win over the Lions, and take your calls as well.'s Mike Petraglia and Chris Price break down the Patriots' 34-9 win over the Lions, the team's seventh win in a row. The defense stepped up again and now gets a crack at Aaron Rodgers next Sunday.

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