Every Thursday on ESPNBoston.com, there is a Patriots chat. Today's chat kicked off at noon ET, can be recapped here, and included some of the following topics:
1. Chandler Jones' ankle injury.
2. Texans, 49ers, and the road ahead for the Patriots.
3. Bill Belichick and the defense.
4. MVP thoughts.
5. Revisiting the signing of WR Brandon Lloyd.
6. Shane Vereen vs. Danny Woodhead.
7. First-round playoff bye -- important or overrated?