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Thursday, October 3, 2013
Weekly Patriots chat recap

By Mike Reiss

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

1. Vince Wilfork's season-ending injury and where the Patriots go from here.

2. The likelihood of seeing more of linebacker Brandon Spikes on Sunday vs. the Bengals.

3. Looking closer at 2012 first-round picks Chandler Jones and Dont'a Hightower.

4. Stevan Ridley and the Patriots' spreading around carries in the running game.

5. Things about the 2013 Patriots that remind us of the Super Bowl-winning teams.

6. Revisiting some offseason decisions that didn't seem to add up.

7. Aqib Talib and the possibility of a contract extension.