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Matthew Slater has more questions than answers about Patriots following loss to Lions

Ryan Hannable
September 24, 2018 - 9:08 am
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DETROIT -- Matthew Slater has been in New England a long time. 

While he's seen a lot of wins over the years, he's also been part of a few tough stretches along the way, which the Patriots have down a good job of not letting spiral, having not lost three straight games since 2002.

Speaking following the 26-10 loss to the Lions Sunday night, Slater said the next few weeks will show what kind of team the Patriots have because right now, after two straight double-digit losses, it's hard to know.

“We’re in the midst of some adversity right now and we’re going to find out what kind of football team we have — what kind of men we have in this locker room," Slater said. "I certainly believe in the group that we have, but we have to get a lot better.”

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Specifically to Sunday night, there were mistakes made that we haven't seen from a Patriots team in a long, long time. These included having 12 defenders on the field lined up for a defensive play, and also Tom Brady throwing a deep pass when no one ran the route and he got flagged for intentional grounding.

“It’s tough to say exactly what it is," Slater said. "I don’t think it is a lack of effort. I don’t think it’s a lack of effort of want-to. We’re not getting it done right now.”

Slater is one of the leaders of the team and he said the message he's preaching is to stick to what has won them so many games over the years.

“We have to trust our process," he said. "Our process is working hard, preparing hard, putting ourselves in positions to be successful on game day throughout the course of the week and we have to do that better and better. Obviously, what we’re doing right now isn’t good enough and the ultimately you have to execute on game day and that is here and here."

The Patriots will host the 3-0 Dolphins this Sunday at Gillette Stadium.

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