Every Thursday on ESPNBoston.com, there is a Patriots chat in the late morning/early afternoon. Today's chat kicked off at 11 a.m. ET, can be recapped here, and included some of the following topics:
1. Tom Brady missing Wednesday's practice with an illness.
2. How the Patriots might match up with the Broncos' weapons in the passing game.
3. Making a link between the 2006 Patriots losing the AFC Championship Game and the current team prepping for the AFC Championship Game.
4. What an early departure to Denver means for the Patriots' practice preparations.
5. Bill Belichick and his roster-building approach.
6. Cornerback Aqib Talib and his future with the team.