Tedy Bruschi chat recap

Tedy Bruschi held his weekly chat on ESPNBoston.com at 12 p.m. ET. The chat can be recapped here and includes some of the following topics:

1. Crediting the Patriots for their toughness in overcoming some key injuries.

2. Big plays surrendered by the defense remain a concern.

3. The AFC is up for grabs. It's anybody's game right now.

4. The toughness of Jerod Mayo and the linebacker corps.

5. The idea that the Patriots have spoiled fans with success, creating an expectation level that is hard to satisfy.

6. One positive to note -- kicker Stephen Gostkowski came through in the clutch.