Report Card time and it's becoming clear that this team is going to go as far as Tom Brady can take it. Forget the salad days of 2003 and 2004, with the offense and defense as equal partners in the road to glory.



FOXBORO — His locker is still there — between a column and a new offensive lineman, Quinn Ojinnaka — but it sits empty, used mainly for storage for things like Gatorade coolers and other assorted locker room detritus.

The Patriots announced Monday evening they have released offensive tackle Steve Maneri. Maneri, 6-6, 290 pounds, was claimed and awarded to New England off waivers from Houston on Sept. 5. He originally signed with Houston as a rookie free agent on May 7 out of Temple. Maneri was inactive for the first three games of the season for the Patriots. For more Patriots news, check out

Patriots defensive lineman Vince Wilfork joined the Dale & Holley show Monday for his weekly update on the team. Wilfork was pleased with Sunday's win over the Bills and the defense's focus on fixing its problems. "It's a positive step," he said. "I'm not saying everything's perfect, but it's a positive step. We have to keep building on it. As long as we keep doing that, and being aware of the situations, how a team wants to play us and wants to attack us when certain situations occur, we'll be in good shape. We'll be in good shape.

Patriots defensive back Brandon Meriweather joined the Dale & Holley show Monday morning for his weekly Patriots Monday visit. Meriweather said that while the Patriots allowed 30 points to the Bills in Sunday's win, the defense came through when needed — as with his late fourth-quarter interception that sealed the victory. "When we had to get a play and we had to make a play, I feel like yes, we had some guys step up and make a play. ... We stepped up and had a lot of plays that needed to be made in crucial situations."


CBS Sports NFL analyst Boomer Esiason checked in with the Dennis & Callahan show Monday morning for his weekly conversation. Esiason said that despite Sunday's win over the Bills, the Patriots clearly have issues that need to be addressed. "They have major problems on defense," Esiason said, focusing on the lack of a pass rush. "It is alarming. I think Bill Belichick realizes that."


Patriots quarterback Tom Brady made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show on Monday to talk about Sunday's win over the Bills. Brady said despite public sentiment that the game was closer than it should have been, he doesn't have time for that talk, as the team needs to move on to focus on next week's game against the Dolphins. "These games end, and then really you just watch the film and then you move on," he said.

FOXBORO — First, let’s start with the most obvious point: They are young.

Speaking after the Patriots' 38-30 win over the Bills Sunday at Gillette Stadium, Randy Moss spoke for the first time regarding his decision to wear injured teammate Kevin Faulk's No. 33 during practice leading up to the Buffalo game.


"That's my boy. I just wanted to put his jersey on just to represent him," Moss said. "There wasn't nothing behind it, really."


Speaking after his team's 38-30 win over the Bills Sunday at Gillette Stadium, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said that no matter how his team accomplished it, the victory was a solid one and provides much-needed momentum heading into the Pats' Monday night showdown with the Dolphins.