The New England Patriots are still lamenting their lost opportunities on offense – particularly at the goal line – in Sunday's setback against the San Diego Chargers.
“I think the big thing is to hit the ones that we have an opportunity to hit,” head coach Bill Belichicktold the Boston Globe.
The team is also coming to grips with the fact Tom Bradywon't be back this season and is prepared to deal with the critics in the aftermath of Sunday's blowout loss.
“We can’t harp on it. This year is totally different from last year,” safety Rodney Harrisontold the Boston Herald.
Nonetheless, the Patriots are offering no excuses for the loss, regardless of the fact they spent the entire week in California preparing for the game rather than returning home following their win over San Francisco in Week 5.
“I think it was the best thing we could have done for our team and I think that we had a good week of preparation,” Belichick told the Providence Journal.
With an extra day of preparation this week in anticipation for Monday's game against the Broncos, the Patriots will try to assess what went wrong against San Diego.
“Any time the ball gets thrown over your head in the secondary, that’s not good,” Belichick told the Worcester Telegram & Gazette.
Yahoo! Sports is calling Sunday's loss a reality check for the Patriots.
Black Voices has a feature on defensive lineman Jarvis Greenopening a restaurant in his hometown of New Orleans.
Finally, the Denver Post has an early look at who's hot and who's not for the Patriots in anticipation of Monday's game.