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Christopher Gasper of the Boston Globe writes about the Patriots playing like, well the Patriots. Even with multiple players who were unknown even a few weeks ago, the Patriots are getting consistent performance. "I think they're trying to do their part in terms of physically and mentally, day after day, week after week, be consistent, be dependable, and do what we ask them to do,'' said coach Bill Belichick. "I know we demand a lot, and this isn't an easy place to play. And I'm not an easy guy to play for, but they have tried to respond. I give them credit for that.''

Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald writes about the recent success Tom Brady has had moving in the pocket and running. Even with a large knee brace on and an underwhelming 5.2 40-yard dash time back in the 2000 NFL combine, Brady has made multiple plays with his feet lately. Deion Branch noticed this ability in a 63 yard completion from Brady. "It was a play that (Brady) made with his feet," Branch said. "Tom doesn't get a lot of credit for keeping his head up and getting out of the pocket and making plays, and that's what he did."

Chris Forsberg of ESPNBoston.com writes about the Patriots use of a silent snap count with Ryan Wendell at center. With Wendell making his first start, the Patriots used guard Brian Waters to employ a silent snap count where Waters would tap Wendell's leg when it was time to snap the ball. "We started doing that a little bit this year," said Belichick. "We've done it before with our center looking back and did a little bit this year with the guard tapping so that the center doesn't have to look back. We do it both ways." Wendell started in place of an injured Dan Connolly, who was starting for an injured Dan Koppen.

Ron Borges of the Boston Herald grades the Patriots win over the Eagles position by position. Wide receivers like Wes Welker and Deion Branch received high grades, as did the special teams units. The only unit receiving less than a B grade was the defensive backfield who received a D after giving up 400 yards to Vince Young.

John Beattie of NESN.com writes about Tom Brady admitting how hard he is on tight ends Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski. "I have a lot of respect for both of those guys and I am tough on them because I think there's very high expectations for them both on the practice field, obviously in games, and then in the meeting rooms as well," Brady said during his appearance on *Dennis and Callahan *on Monday morning. "Everybody has high expectations for those two, because they've proven they can handle it." And finishing with a hard comment towards the two, Brady said, "I'll be damned if I let some rookie or second-year player get in the way of our goals."

Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston.com takes a look at the defensive snaps from Sunday's win over the Eagles. Reiss noted the Patriots using a "lighter" 4-3 defensive line with Rob Ninkovich taking a lot of snaps at defensive end. Kyle Arrington, James Ihedigbo and Jerod Mayo were the only players who played every play of the game (73). Other notable defensive snaps went to Sterling Moore at both safety and cornerback after Antwaun Molden was hurt. With the move Sergio Brown saw 32 snaps, his largest role in weeks.

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