Patriots coach Bill Belichick made his weekly appearance on The Big Show and touched briefly on his team's victory over the Lions on Thanksgiving before discussing next Monday's heavily-anticipated  showdown with the Jets.

 

Patriots receiver Deion Branch stopped by for a brief visit with the Dale & Holley show Monday from Gillette Stadium as part of WEEI's Patriots Monday. Branch recounted his long touchdown pass from Tom Brady in Thursday's win over the Lions and talked about how grateful he is to be back in New England following the trade with the Seahawks.

 

"I'm just thankful for the opportunity that Mr. [Robert] Kraft and coach [Bill] Belichick came back to give me, the opportunity to come back and play here and join this team," he said. "I'm home now."

The Bears have announced that their Dec. 12 game against the Patriots have been "flexed" out of its 1 p.m. spot, and will now kickoff at 4:15 p.m. This is the first New England game of the year to be "flexed" out of its original spot, an option that the NFL and networks have in Weeks 11-17 of the regular season. For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick was asked Monday about the recent Denver Broncos videotaping incident — which involved former Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and Steve Scarnecchia, a former employee of the New England video department — and sidestepped the question, saying the team was concentrating on this week's task at hand.

"Just focused on the Jets," Belichick said.

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."

 

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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."

 

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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."