Patriots ready to move on after loss

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Patriots ready to move on after loss

By Rich Levine
CSNNE.com
FOXBORO Not that you expected much in the way of bitching, moaning or detailed self-reflection in the wake of Sunday's loss, but Monday afternoon at Gillette, the Patriots were predictably tight-lipped surrounding the details of their defeat, and ready to focus on this week's opponent: The Buffalo Bills.

"Any time you lose, you're upset," said safety Brandon Meriweather, one of the few players to speak during Monday's locker-room access, "but I've always been told that you have to have a short memory. You can't let things linger on. Last night wasn't my night to moan and get all the thinking about the Jets out. So now I'm thinking about Buffalo."

Julian Edelman's words carried a similar tone:

"We have to put that game behind us. We've got to have a short memory. That's what we have to preach to our guys right now, and that's what we're doing. We have to take that film we just watched and take all the bad things and learn form them, fix them this week and prepare for the Bills."

Fair enough. But what specifically went wrong on Sunday? What are those things that the Patriots need to improve upon?

"After watching the tape there's obviously a lot of things we need to do better and think we can do better," said Bill Belichick. "We just have to get back to work this week and get ready for Buffalo and get some things straight on or end. It's pretty much across the board: Offense, defense and special teams. You name it."

While the Pats certainly made their fair share of first-half mistakes, it's the latter half that's come into question. It was over the final 30 minutes where the Jets officially took control of the action, caught the Pats off guard and had them scrambling (in vain) to make the proper adjustments. It's those adjustments (or lack thereof), which has New England buzzing on Monday, but the team stopped short of citing any specific Jets moves as the reason for their triumph.

"Nah, I don't think they made many adjustments," Meriweather said. "They came out and pretty much did the same things. Maybe threw one or two wrinkles in there, but other than that they pretty much did the same thing. They just made the plays when they counted."

"I didn't really pay attention to their adjustments," said Fred Taylor, who had five carries for 11 yards, all in the first half. "I was just paying attention to what we were trying to do throughout the course of the game. And every time we kind of started out or whatever, I think those are things I pay most attention to. They did whatever was necessary to win the game."

And that was that. Sunday's loss can still be felt throughout New England on Monday, but their team is ready to move on.

Although Taylor admitted that no matter what anyone says, the team won't soon forget the feeling of walking off the Meadowlands in defeat.

"The Jets will definitely be in the back of our mind somewhere," he said. "If a guy says that it isn't he'd be lying to you. It's just human nature. Especially if you get beat up by somebody. You remember it."
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Beyond the numbers: Kings offense will test Celtics defense

Beyond the numbers: Kings offense will test Celtics defense

BOSTON – When it comes to defense, the Celtics are quick to claim that it is indeed the foundation for which their team is built upon. 
 
Still, far too often this season, we have seen cracks in their usually Teflon-tough defense, the kind that ultimately means the difference between winning and losing.
 
The Celtics’ defense will once again need to step up and play well tonight against a Sacramento squad that has shown it can fill it up offensively of late. 
 
Sacramento (7-11) has scored 100 or more points in eight of their past 10 games. In that span, their 107.2 points per game ranks ninth in the league. 
 
In that same span, the Celtics have allowed opponents to score 100.3 points per game, which ranks 10th in the NBA in fewest points allowed.
 
And when it comes to winning, limiting teams to less than 100 points has been huge in Boston’s win total. 
 
The Celtics have held eight opponents to 100 points or less this season. 
 
Their record in those games? 8-0.
 
Within that limited scoring, Boston must also make sure teams don’t get into a nice groove shooting the ball. 
 
Boston is 0-5 this season when an opponent shoots 48 percent or better from the field. 
 
While there are several things Boston must do to be successful, having the right kind of defensive disposition ranks at or near the top of that list in their efforts to play with the kind of defensive success that gave so many hope that this would the year Boston would hold court among the top teams in the Eastern Conference.

“We have to get a little more nastier on the defensive end and not let a team come in and get comfortable,” said Boston’s Jae Crowder.
 

Brady, Bennett, Edelman questionable for Sunday vs. Rams

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Brady, Bennett, Edelman questionable for Sunday vs. Rams

FOXBORO -- The Patriots injury report for Sunday's game with the Rams is out. While they'll be without one big name, but their others are still very much in play. 

Rob Gronkowski, who was scheduled to undergo back surgery on Friday, has been ruled out. Jordan Richards, who is dealing with a knee issue and has not practiced this week, will also be held out of action on Sunday. 

Tom Brady (knee), Julian Edelman (foot), Martellus Bennett (ankle/shoulder) and Chris Hogan (back) -- all of whom practiced on Friday -- have been listed as questionable for the Rams game at Gillette Stadium. Special teamer Nate Ebner (concussion) returned to practice on Friday and is also questionable, as is Trey Flowers (shin) and Elandon Roberts, who popped up on the injury report with a jaw issue Friday. 

Special teams captain Matthew Slater missed Friday's session after participating on both Wednesday and Thursday. He's been ruled as questionable. Defensive lineman Woodrow Hamilton is also questionable after missing his second straight day of practice with an illness.

If Slater and Ebner are at all limited this weekend, coupled with the loss of Richards, the Patriots kicking game would be significantly impacted. Hogan took reps as the team's personal protector on the punt team earlier this week and may fill that role should Ebner miss time.