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Finding positives in loss to Steelers?

Updated: November 1, 2011, 2:03 PM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

The tone of the Patriots mailbag is usually predictable based on the result of the previous Patriots game. A loss often leads to overwhelming concern. A win usually produces optimism.

This week, surprisingly, is an almost even balance of the two.

I was expecting more of a negative/critical vibe after Sunday's 25-17 loss to the Steelers, and certainly there was some of that. The Patriots' personnel decisions, in particular, are coming under scrutiny by some. The regression of the defense ...

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