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Not as much optimism this week

Mailbag full of more questions after disappointing loss to Lions

Updated: August 30, 2011, 2:21 PM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

After weeks of optimism based on the strong start to the preseason, there is a different tone this week after the Patriots were pounded 34-10 by the Lions on Saturday night.

There are three main topics in this week's Patriots mailbag: (1) how much stock to put into the third preseason game; (2) Chad Ochocinco's early struggles with the offense; (3) safety James Sanders' release and a possible trickle-down effect.

The mailbag isn't restricted to those topics, but those were the dominant ...

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