Every Thursday on ESPNBoston.com, there is a Patriots chat in the early afternoon. Today's chat kicked off at noon, can be recapped here, and included some of the following topics:
1. Patriots' past success against the Steelers and looking ahead to Sunday's matchup.
2. Cornerback Ras-I Dowling's struggles to stay on the field.
3. Wes Welker and what would be fair market value in a new contract.
4. Safety Chris Harris -- released by the Bears, would the Patriots take a look?
5. Kevin Faulk and the possibility of his return; who would be cut to create room?
6. Devin McCourty's struggles.