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Monday, September 26, 2011
Loss offers opportunity to show resiliency

By Chris Forsberg



FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Despite the type of gaudy offensive numbers that make you wonder if the calendar flipped back four years, it's not the 2007 season and the Patriots were going to lose a game at some point during the regular season. Part of the rallying cry in the locker room on Monday -- one day after a 34-31 loss to the Buffalo Bills -- was that the team will respond well to its first adversity of the regular season.

"Any time you have a loss, it’s never a good thing, it's never a good feeling," admitted linebacker Rob Ninkovich. "You've got to come in, get a workout in, and put it behind you. We watch the tape, see the things that didn’t go right. Now we've got a good team in Oakland that we're going to go see, traveling to Oakland, so we've got to really be focused on them and turn the page on Buffalo."

Chris Forsberg/ESPN BostonPatriots linebacker Rob Ninkovich talks with reporters Monday at Gillette Stadium.
Patriots players were quick to point out that there would have been errors to correct even if they had managed to escape Buffalo with a win. They didn't, however, and a team that's made a pretty good habit of not losing back-to-back games in recent years hopes to keep that trend going.

"We definitely have a resilient group of guys," said cornerback Kyle Arrington. "To come off a game like that, to lose like that, we can’t wait to put the pads on next Sunday. It'll definitely be a long hard week of practice, but hopefully -- no definitely -- we'll be up for the challenge."

Arrington caught himself there at the end, but his choice of words highlights the fact that the Patriots refuse to even consider the possibility of not responding to the challenge.

"We're all competitors," he said. "No one likes losing, especially in this organization. We're not accustomed to losing a whole lot. We're anxious to get back out there."