FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The Patriots may have dropped their second straight game on Sunday, their first back-to-back losses since 2009, but 12 years of NFL experience has taught guard Brian Waters not to panic.
"There's no reason for there to be any lack of confidence," Waters said. "This is a good football team. I've been on some losing football teams -- some really bad ones -- and this isn't one of them."
With the solemn demeanor of head coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady setting the tone -- Brady aptly proclaimed "losing, man it sucks" after the game -- the defeat clearly won't be taken lightly in Foxborough.
"It definitely won't be a happy place. That's definitely one thing I'm finding out around here, that losing is not normal," Waters explained. "But I know the intensity will be picked up and we will be on the details come tomorrow."
The Patriots' record stands at 5-3, creating a three-way tie atop the AFC East. The log jam will be broken next Sunday, when the Patriots travel to the Meadowlands to play the Jets.
Count Waters among those looking forward, despite the team's recent struggles.
"This is a good football team," he reiterated. "We're going to fight it out all 16 games and see where it lays after that."