Every Thursday on ESPNBoston.com, there is a New England Patriots chat in the late morning/early afternoon. Today's chat, which kicked off at 11 a.m. and recapped here, included some of the following topics:
1. Looking back at the ending of Monday night's loss to the Carolina Panthers.
2. Thoughts on linebacker Dont'a Hightower.
3.Revisiting the third-and-1 play that ultimately led to the Patriots kicking a field goal in the fourth quarter.
4. Projecting a sub-based defensive plan against the Broncos that focuses on the middle of the field.
5. Running back Stevan Ridley and his label as a ball-security risk.
6. One overlooked storyline from Monday: Strong play from safety Duron Harmon.