Every Tuesday on ESPNBoston.com, questions from Patriots followers are answered as part of a weekly mailbag. This week's mailbag is posted and includes some of the following topics:
1. Two games in six days -- Texans and 49ers -- will be a playoff-type atmosphere.
2. Tom Brady's performance Sunday in South Florida.
3. Secondary settling down with more continuity -- the Aqib Talib Effect.
4. Safety Patrick Chung's fall down the depth chart.
5. Receiver Wes Welker's durability, and also his future with the team.
6. Making sense of receiver Brandon Lloyd's quiet day against the Dolphins.
7. With Rob Gronkowski sidelined, why haven't we seen more of Visanthe Shiancoe?
8. Defensive end Chandler Jones and his potential return from an ankle injury.