Patriots remain upbeat despite first loss of season

Ryan Hannable
November 06, 2019 - 8:12 am

FOXBOROUGH -- After Monday's off day, the Patriots returned to the Gillette Stadium facility to break down the film from Sunday's 37-20 loss to the Ravens -- their first of the season.

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Despite the loss, the team was still fairly upbeat.

“I mean, we’re 8-1,” said linebacker Kyle Van Noy. “Of course we wanted to be 9-0, so it’s always tough. But facts are facts: We’re 8-1. So that deserves a smile, right?”

Special teams captain Matthew Slater shared a similar thought.

“(We’re in) a good mood,” he said. “We’ve got a lot to be thankful for. We’ve been pretty decent — above average, I think — over the course of the season thus far, so there’s no reason for anyone in here to be in the tank. Let’s just take advantage of the opportunity we have to improve this week, try to get healthy, and then hopefully come back against Philly and play a little bit better than we did on Sunday night.”

The Patriots were in Tuesday for meetings and will be back Wednesday for one final practice before getting Thursday-Sunday off for their bye week. Once they return, they will begin preparations for their next opponent -- the Eagles.

“I think we regroup, get healthy and try to continue to work toward improving,” said Slater. “Obviously, what happened last week is last week, so you’ve got to be able to turn the page. You’ve got to try to learn from your mistakes and realize that we’re still in good position to be competitive down the stretch. But we’re going to have to do a lot of things better, starting tomorrow.”

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