In the immediate aftermath of Sunday's blowout win in Buffalo, cornerback/co-captain Devin McCourty was one of the first players exiting the visitors locker room at Ralph Wilson Staidum. He declined all request for media interviews.
Monday back at Gillette Stadium, however, he took a couple of minutes to reflect on his two-interception performance in the big victory.
"It helped us win a game, and I think that's important for us,< he said after the team had watched the game film. "Got the corrections, now I'm moving on to Denver."
It was a typical Monday in the Patriots locker room. Very sparse crowd, as far as players were concerned.
No sign of rookie linebacker Dont'a Hightower, who injured his left hamstring making a first-quarter tackle on Bills QB Ryan Fitzpatrick (actually in the record books as a 0-yard sack). Asked about his health status earlier today, head coach Bill Belichick had nothing to offer, saying only that we'd have some sort of update on Wednesday, as usual.
Cornerback Kyle Arrington, meanwhile, said it was "amazing to watch" the historic performance by New England's offense Sunday in Orchard Park. For only the second time in league history, a team had two 100-yard rushers and two 100-yard receivers in the same game. Plus, they put up 45 second-half points.
The defense was no slouch either, creating a half-dozen turnovers, sacking Fitzpatrick three times, and stuffing the Bills running game. That lead one reporter to ask what the potential of this young Patriots defense is.
It took Arrington a moment to find the right words.
"We can be as good as we want to be," he eventually declared. "It's about always communicating, studying, the week of preparation, practice, and we just have to take it week to week."