Mailbag Time and I'm wearing Uggs and waiting for a call back from Leonard Hair Transplant Associates. 

Yup, this is home base of Camp Brady. And my column on Monday suggesting that Brady is the clear-cut MVP brought the expected feedback.



KIRK MINIHANE

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Tom Brady was named AFC Offensive Player of the Week by the National Football League for his "perfect" performance in the Patriots' 45-24 win over the Lions on Thanksgiving Day. It is the 16th time in Brady's career that he has received the AFC Offensive Player of the Week honor.

 

It’s not often that Jets fans and shameless, unrepentant, Patriots jammies-wearing suckups like myself have ever agreed on anything. But if there’s one thing we can all sign onto, it’s the hugeness of this week’s game.



JERRY THORNTON

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Since 1990, the Patriots have drafted 23 cornerbacks. Some of them are surefire Hall of Famers, like Ty Law. Some of them, like the immortal Chris Canty, are not.



FOXBORO -- This is not your normal week in Foxboro. Local, New York and national media have already shown up to cover the two 9-2 teams getting ready to square off at Gillette Stadium on Monday night. After conducting practicing on the upper grass fields on Tuesday, coach Bill Belichick surprised the team by giving his players Wednesday off, with practice Thursday through Saturday with the normal day-before walk-through on Sunday. 

 

FOXBORO — The following players were missing from the start of Patriots practice Tuesday afternoon: quarterback Tom Brady, cornerback Jonathan  Wilhite, offensive lineman Stephen Neal, defensive lineman Myron Pryor, defensive lineman Ron Brace and defensive lineman Mike Wright.

FOXBORO -- Reacting to the quote from Jets coach Rex Ryan saying he came to New York to “kick his ass,” Patriots coach Bill Belichick acknowledged there is no love lost between the two teams.

FOXBORO -- Don't expect to hear any trash-talking from Gillette Stadium and the Patriots — at least in the week leading up to next Monday night's showdown between the Patriots and Jets.

 

Heading into their showdown with the Jets, the Patriots retain the top spot in the latest edition of Joe Zarbano's NFL Power Rankings, followed by the Jets in second and the Falcons in third. This is the third straight week those three teams have been in the 1-2-3 spots in Zarbano's rankings.

 

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.