Rest versus rust. It’s an age-old debate that’s been faced by every NFL team that’s locked into a playoff spot before the end of the regular season. Do you give your starters the week off, resting them ostensibly to keep them healthy for the postseason?

Report card time and it's back to normal. 



The Patriots finally returned back to New England after having to stay overnight in Rochester, N.Y. The team's Twitter feed did mention, however, that the flight back from Western New York wasn't without some challenges. "There's snow place like home! Kudos to the @delta pilots for sticking a difficult landing, to the applause of all aboard," the team Tweeted. 


Making his weekly appearance on The Big Show, Patriots head coach Bill Belichick explained his approach toward playing certain players in the regular-season finale against Miami Sunday. 


The Pats have already clinched the No. 1 seed in the AFC heading into the playoffs, have nothing to gain by beating the Dolphins, and still have the memory of Wes Welker injuring his knee in the final game of the 2009 regular season.


Patriots defensive lineman Vince Wilfork made his weekly Patriots Monday appearance on the Dale & Holley show Monday morning with guest hosts Mike Mutnansky and Chris Price.


Wilfork acknowledged that the flu had left him and some other Patriots in bad shape for Sunday's 34-3 win over the Bills. "It had a couple of us pretty messed up," Wilfork said, adding: "We fought through it. We knew how important this game was to us. The last thing we wanted to do was let down some of our teammates. I think we gave what we had to give."


Patriots defensive back Brandon Meriweather joined the Dale & Holley show Monday morning, with guest hosts Mike Mutnansky and Chris Price, for his weekly appearance on WEEI's Patriots Monday.


Tom Brady joined guest hosts Bob Ryan and Troy Brown on the Dennis & Callahan show Monday morning for his weekly WEEI Patriots Monday appearance, one day after leading the Patriots to a 34-3 rout of the Bills to clinch the AFC East title and home field throughout the AFC playoffs.


Boomer Esiason of CBS Sports made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Monday with guest hosts Bob Ryan and Troy Brown.


The free hat and T-shirt are great.

The Patriots have played two teams twice so far in 2010.