Following team meetings on Monday afternoon, defensive co-captain
"I don’t think we had the sense of urgency we needed to start the second half," said Ninkovich after the Patriots we outscored 20-6 after halftime on Sunday.
"We’re going to get together and try to come to some type of plan for us to get going here and have a better third quarter in these games."
The Patriots only other loss this season - against Cincinnati - has also come on the road. In that game, New England was outscored 10-3 in the second half.
"If you look back at the Cincinnati game, we didn't play well at all, and the last game we didn't play well. I think it’s learn from your mistakes."
Meanwhile, the Patriots offense will hope to get an added boost of energy from all-pro tight end
He recorded 8 catches for 114 yards in the loss, and instantly became
The 100-yard game was the 10th of Gronkowski's career, setting a new franchise record for tight ends previously held by Ben Coates.
"I feel like he just opens it up for the outside receivers. He’s a big target in the middle of the field so I feel like defenses have to respect that."
The young Patriots offense will continue to learn how to mesh with their new weapon when practice resumes on Wednesday at Gillette Stadium.