No Need For New England To Panic And Other Leftover Patriots Thoughts

September 17, 2012 12:00 AM
No Need For New England To Panic And Other Leftover Patriots Thoughts
" BOSTON (CBS) — The Patriots lost their home opener Sunday, which is never a positive development for any team. That doesn’t mean, though, that the loss to the Cardinals has to be all about negativity.

The rookies were outstanding yet again. The defense made an unbelievable play to even give the team a chance to win at the end. Rob Gronkowski was Rob Gronkowski, Wes Welker was Wes Welker, and Stevan Ridley had a more-than-respectable follow-up to his huge Week 1 performance.

There’s also the history of the Patriots losing from time to time when you just don’t see it coming. There was the infamous 31-0 loss to the Bills in 2003, as well as the 20-17 loss to the Redskins that same year. The Bills and Redskins would combine to win 11 games that year; the Patriots won 14 … and a Super Bowl.

The following year, the 14-2 Patriots dropped a game against the 4-12 Dolphins. The Patriots won the Super Bowl that year, too. Last year, they lost to the Bills (6-10) and ended the season with 13 victories and a trip to the Super Bowl "

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