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Weekly Patriots chat recap

Every Thursday on ESPNBoston.com, Mike Reiss has a Patriots chat. Today's chat kicked off at 10 a.m. ET, can be recapped here, and included some of the following topics:

1. Devin McCourty -- the lightning rod.

2. Wes Welker, the future, and Julian Edelman.

3. Stevan Ridley and if his carries will be reduced after a fourth-quarter fumble.

4. Bill Belichck, Tom Brady and how many years they have left.

5. Memories of Kevin Faulk from a media perspective.

6. Why this is going to be a tough game for the Patriots.