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., can be recapped here, and included some of the following topics:
1. Thoughts on Ed Reed as his signing with the Jets was later announced.
2. The Panthers' defense and its ability to create pressure with the standard four rushers.
3. Projecting a Patriots' offensive game-plan -- spread it out and get the ball out quickly.
4. Running back Shane Vereen's potential return from injured reserve, and who would be most affected.
5. Patriots' offensive line holds the key.
6. Projecting a defensive game-plan that puts the Patriots in the best position to stop the run -- a 5-2 look.