BOSTON (CBS) – Andy Gresh and Scott Zolak were down at CBS Scene at Gillete Stadium for a live broadcast Wednesday morning, and were joined by Bert Breer of the NFL Network to talk Patriots football.

The Patriots went into the game at 7-2 and were in position to take control of the AFC driver’s seat with a win, but the Carolina Panthers, riding a five-game win streak, didn’t let that happen.

It was a hard fought game with a controversial ending, but ultimately the Patriots came home with the 24-20 loss. Now at 7-3, they face a quick turnaround on a short week with the Denver Broncos, Peyton Manning and Wes Welker coming to town Sunday night.

For Bert, the biggest takeaway from the Monday night game was the validation of the Carolina Panthers.

“Carolina is legitimate,” said Breer. “We knew the Patriots would be one of the five or six teams that could be there at the end winning the whole thing, and now you feel like you can put Carolina in that group.”

With playmakers at all three levels, Bert glowed about the Carolina defense and just how good they really are.

“When you see them in person you see how fast they are. The speed of that front seven just jumps out at you. So athletic, and they come from all angles.”

One of the more exciting games of the year to this point, the action was nonstop – a heavyweight fight in which the Patriots went “punch for punch” according to Breer.

“The Patriots offense didn’t look over-matched at all. It looked like [Tom] Brady could operate back there and he was spreading the ball around.”

The panel of Gresh, Zolak and Bert Breer all agree that the sky is the limit for this Patriots offense and that they will be just fine once they can figure it out.

Listen to the entire discussion below:



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