FOXBORO -- In a surprising move Tuesday, the Patriots placed receiver Donte' Stallworth on injured reserve with an ankle injury and released tight end Visanthe Shiancoe. In addition, the team released OL Tommie Draheim from the practice squad.

Stallworth, 32, was re-signed by the Patriots on Dec. 4 and played in Monday night’s win over Houston. He scored on his only reception in the game on a 63-yard touchdown pass from Tom Brady in the third quarter. He was tackled from behind and fell to the ground as he reached the ball over the goal line.

Making his weekly appearance with Mut & Merloni on Tuesday, former Patriots receiver Troy Brown said that Bill Belichick makes a point of shutting down big-name former Patriots when they come in as the opponent. Given that, Brown said that former Patriot and current 49ers receiver Randy Moss will likely be paid extra attention by the New England defense this Sunday. 

"If there's somebody on that team that will beat the Patriots on Sunday, it will not be Randy Moss," Brown said. "He will not score a touchdown on Sunday night. 

Tom Brady made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Tuesday, the morning after he threw for 296 yards and four touchdowns in a 42-14 rout of the Texans. When asked how the Patriots were able to so easily handle a team that entered the game with an 11-1 record, Brady was quick to praise the work of the coaching staff in readying the players for the matchup.

In their last six games the Patriots have scored 255 points (more than eight teams in the league have scored this season) and have allowed 111.

There is peaking at the right time and then there is this.



FOXBORO -- The Patriots have a championship defense.

FOXBORO -- Tom Brady threw a pair of touchdown passes to Aaron Hernandez and hit Brandon Lloyd and Donte' Stallworth for long TD strikes as the Patriots blew out the Texans, 42-14, in the much-anticipated Monday night showdown at a balmy Gillette Stadium. The Patriots are now 10-3 and keep the inside track for the No. 2 seed and a first-round bye in the AFC playoffs. They are also now just one game behind the 11-2 Texans for the top seed in the AFC, with wins now over Houston and Denver.

CBS Sports NFL analyst Boomer Esiason made his weekly appearance with Dennis & Callahan Monday morning and talked about Monday night’s Patriots-Texans game, the injury to Julian Edelman and more news from around the NFL.

Some in Houston are calling this game the biggest in the history of Texans franchise. Esiason said putting the game on a pedestal could give the Texans a needed edge.

Real nice seven-day stretch for CBS sports both nationally and locally, huh?



With Washington's stunning come-from-behind win over the Ravens, the Patriots now control their own destiny for a first-round bye in the AFC playoffs. 

If the Patriots win out, they will finish 13-3 while the best Baltimore can do is 12-4. The Ravens lost in Washington in overtime, 31-28, to fall to 9-4 on the season. 

FOXBORO -- Logan Mankins (ankle) and Chandler Jones (ankle) practiced again on Saturday and are officially listed as "questionable" for Monday night's game against the Texans at Gillette Stadium. Mankins and Jones head a list of 13 players limited in practice on Saturday and all 13 are listed as questionable. 

Rob Gronkowski (forearm) was the only injured player ruled out while Jermaine Cunningham is serving the second game of his four-game suspension for violation of the NFL's PED policy.