There are Patriots losses that make me sick to my stomach (Super Bowl 42), that sit with me for days on end. Then, there are losses that make me angry, games that I badly wanted the Patriots to win (San Diego). THEN, there are losses like last night’s against the Colts, and in any other season I would have been literally dying, but it just doesn’t feel so bad. It’s a “Glass-Half-Full” loss, I guess.
Before you jump down my throat ranting and raving on what could have been, let me explain. You see, last night, I saw improvement – Real, Solid improvement – from Matt Cassel. I saw a rookie running back (Green-Ellis… “Law Firm” – I love it!) do something that I haven’t seen in three years of Laurence Maroney. I witnessed a secondary, minus its veteran leadership (Harrison) and full of rookies and cast-offs contain one of the NFL’s most prolific passing attacks.
Don’t get me wrong, I wanted a win and I think if you remove a few key moments *looks at Dave Thomas and Jabar Gaffney* in the game the Patriots would have won. But (here’s where the glass-half-full thing comes in), this wasn’t a must-win game. It was a “should-win” game. Next week against the Buffalo Bills is must win and judging by what I saw yesterday, I’m confident that the Pats will leave with a win.