Weekly Patriots chat recap

Every Thursday on ESPNBoston.com, there is a Patriots chat in the late morning/early afternoon. Today's chat kicked off at 12 p.m. ET, can be recapped here and included some of the following topics:

1. Why the Saints could be considered the best team in football.

2. How the Patriots might approach defending running back Darren Sproles.

3. Addressing questions about Tom Brady and the idea of being in decline.

4. Running back Stevan Ridley and his contributions in the weeks ahead.

5. Thoughts on where receiver Austin Collie might fit.

6. Leon Washington and his future with the team.