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Safety James Ihedigbo (44) gets in on a tackle Sunday vs. the Steelers.FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- While there were positives to pluck from film review of Sunday's loss to the Steelers, Patriots safety James Ihedigbo made it clear that the only thing that matters to this defense is the bottom line.
"I’ve never been around a group that wants to win more than the guys in this locker room," said Ihedigbo. "And winning is everything. We work too hard during the week and we watch too much tape, we study too much as a group to come up on the short end during a week that we put so much effort and preparation into. We’re definitely going to have chip on shoulder this week. I know our defense, we’re fired up. We're ready to go."
While the defense seemingly took steps forward in wins over the Jets and Cowboys before the bye week, Sunday's game was a decided step backwards as the Patriots struggled to stop Pittsburgh's passing game and get the Steelers off the field on third down. Even though New England's defense tightened up in the red zone, forcing Pittsburgh to settle for field goals and keeping the Patriots in the game until the final moments, it wasn't enough for Ihedigbo.
"You watch that tape and it’s nothing we want to represent us as a defense," he said. "As a team, we watched that, and everyone had that look on their face, like, 'That isn’t us.' What we put on tape isn’t us. We’ll correct that, and come out next week ready to show how the New England Patriots play defense."