NFL Network analyst Michael Lombardi made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning, and his words were music to Patriots' fans ears, as he predicted a New England victory in Sunday's AFC championship game and had harsh words for the dysfunctional Jets.

"I think the Patriots will win 31-20," Lombardi said. "I think the Patriots are going to score. I think the Patriots are going to move the ball on them. I don't think that's going to be an issue."

The Patriots will face the Rams in London on Oct. 28, the NFL announced Friday. The game will kick off at 1 p.m. EST and be televised live in the United States on CBS. It's part of a three-year deal involving "home" games for the Rams in London.

This will be the second game in England for the Patriots, who played there against Tampa Bay in 2009 and came away with a 35-7 win.

FOXBORO -- No position on the Patriots roster has come under more fire this season than the secondary.



FOXBORO -- Former Patriots cornerback Ty Law, who was named one of the honorary captains for Sunday's AFC championship game against the Ravens, said Thursday he believes the New England defense -- and the secondary in particular -- has played "lights out" over the last few games.

"Yes, they struggled throughout the season, but had a lot of injuries and a lot of things that just weren’t going their way," Law said on Thursday. "And when you have a quarterback like Tom Brady and you can get that many points, it helps you out a lot.

OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Brian Waters told the media on Thursday that Bernard Pollard -- a teammate of Waters with the Chiefs -- "took pride" in being able to get a hit on Tom Brady in 2008, a Week 1 lunge at the knee that resulted in a torn ACL for the New England quarterback. Pollard, now with the Ravens, was asked Thursday if Waters was accurate in that assessment.

FOXBORO -- Patriots quarterback Tom Brady moved from "Did Not Practice" to "Full Participation" on Thursday's injury report. In all, New England had 14 players who were limited. Here is Thursday's complete report:

Limited Participation
WR Deion Branch (knee)
OL Marcus Cannon (ankle)
S Patrick Chung (knee)
LB Dane Fletcher (thumb)
TE Aaron Hernandez (concussion)
S James Ihedigbo (shoulder)
DL Kyle Love (ankle)
G Logan Mankins (knee)
LB Rob Ninkovich (hip)

OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Ed Reed met with the media on Thursday for the first time since his critical comments about Joe Flacco to Sirius Radio on Monday.

Reed told Sirius that Flacco "didn't have a hold of the offense" in Baltimore's 20-13 win over the Houston Texans in the divisional round of the playoffs last Sunday and suggested the quarterback will have to play better against the Patriots in the AFC championship. 

The safety was asked about his comments Thursday.

OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Bill Belichick has long been an admirer of Ed Reed, and on Wednesday said he has never coached against a better player in the secondary. The All-Pro safety met with the media on Thursday was asked for his thoughts on Belichick.

"I love Bill Belichick," Reed said. "He's a great coach and a great man. Always trying to do the right thing. And winning championships in this league, he's done it over the years. I have a lot of respect for Belichick."

FOXBORO -- As promised earlier in the day, Tom Brady returned to practice on Thursday on the lower practice fields as the Patriots continued their preparation for the Ravens this Sunday in the AFC championship game at Gillette Stadium. All 53 players on the Patriots active roster and all eight on the practice squad were in attendance for the workout in sweats and shells.  

FOXBORO -- Patriots offensive lineman Brian Waters played with safety Bernard Pollard when the two were teammates on the Chiefs in 2008. That year, the Chiefs traveled to Foxboro for the season opener and in the first quarter, Pollard broke through the offensive line and lunged at Tom Brady's left knee and hit him with his helmet. That hit tore ligaments in Brady's knee that immediately ended Brady's season, as the Patriots missed the playoffs.