Ninkovich: Patriots lacked energy to win on road

Ninkovich: Patriots lacked energy to win on road
October 21, 2013, 6:45 pm
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FOXBORO -- The Patriots believe, that in the end, they didn't make enough plays on Sunday to defeat the New York Jets. While that may be true, there's also something else that New England didn't bring to the table in that game: energy.

"There's a lot of plays we left out there that we have to -- moving forward -- learn from," said Patriots linebacker Rob Ninkovich on Monday. "We've got to bring more energy to away games, and try to match the energy that are in the stadiums that we're going to, in these away games. If you look back at the Cincinnati game, we didn't play at all, and this last game we didn't play well.

New England allowed the Jets to drive 80 yards on the game's opening drive and score to take an early 7-0 lead. The Patriots also led 21-10 at the half. But New York outscored them 17-0 in the third quarter.

Ninkovich believes the energy just wasn't there. And it's a crucial aspect of any road game.

"You've got to come out, especially in the second half there, you've got to come out and start the second half with high energy, almost like you're starting the game out," said Ninkovich. "Try and just keep everyone going. You've got to start fast. That's huge in this league. Starting the game fast, starting the second half fast. I don't think that we had that sense of urgency that we needed to have to start that second half."