Patriots players 'on edge' following loss to Chiefs

Ryan Hannable
December 10, 2019 - 10:07 am

FOXBOROUGH -- For the second time in two years, the Patriots have lost back-to-back games in December.

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Following the 23-16 loss to the Chiefs on Sunday, the Patriots are now 10-3 on the year, which make the final three games very important when it comes to playoff seeding. If the team wins out, it would be the No. 2 seed, but losses could drop them potentially back to the No. 5 seed and playing on wild card weekend.

A few players spoke Monday in the locker room on the attitude of the team heading into the stretch run.

“I think guys are on edge,” wide receiver Phillip Dorsett said. “We’ve got guys that are angry. We’ve all got to look at each other and we’ve got to look at ourselves and just say, ‘We’ve got to play better.’”

Over the last five games, the Patriots have averaged just 17 points a game and the team knows that needs to improve.

“I don’t think we lost any confidence, but I always resort back to we’ve got to play better,” said Dorsett. “We know we’ve got to look at each other, and we’ve got to look at ourselves in the mirror when we go home, and you’ve just got dig down. You’ve got to dig deep. You’ve got to come to practice. You’ve got to come prepared. Wednesday, you’ve got to come ready to fight. And that’s what it’s going to be — it’s going to be a fight every week.”

The Patriots will travel to Cincinnati this week and then host the Bills and Dolphins to close out the year.

“I think the key right now is that urgency has got to turn up a notch,” linebacker Kyle Van Noy said. “I think that’s the message we want to have: to have that urgency not just when our back’s against the wall, but for 60 minutes. From the first snap to the last snap, just that sense of urgency needs to go up. That’s the goal, and we hope to do that this week.”

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