Weekly Tedy Bruschi chat recap

Every week after the New England Patriots play a game, ESPN analyst Tedy Bruschi hosts a Patriots chat on ESPNBoston.com. Today's chat kicked off at noon, can be recapped here, and included some of the following topics:

1. Encouraging performance for the Patriots but not necessarily a "statement" game.

2. How this season has been about "buying time."

3. Initial impressions of veteran nose tackle Isaac Sopoaga.

4. The challenge presented to defensive backs in playing so much man coverage.

5. How the Patriots handled a Dolphins-type situation when it came to team dinners being paid by rookies.