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Malcolm Butler says there's 'no bad blood' ahead of matchup vs Patriots

Malcolm Butler says there's 'no bad blood' ahead of matchup vs Patriots

Malcolm Butler has taken the high road ahead of Sunday's matchup vs his former team.

The ex-Patriots cornerback's benching during Super Bowl LII remains a controversial topic nearly a year later. Now with the Titans, Butler has every reason to enter Sunday's game with extra motivation. If he is, he isn't letting it show.

"I just have to get back to doing what I do, and that's playing football," Butler said. "I know I used to play there, and I just have to pick up my performance – I don't care who I play. I just want to pick up my performance, that's all."

Along with downplaying the personal importance of going up against Bill Belichick and the Patriots, Butler had nothing but positive things to say about his time in New England.

"It went well," said Butler. "It didn't end well, but it went great. Those people showed me nothing but love, and I love them back. I appreciate Mr. (Robert) Kraft, Bill Belichick, all those guys. … No bad blood."

There might be any "bad blood" between Butler and the Patriots, but Pats safety Devin McCourty noted that he and his former teammates who are now with Tennessee aren't friends, at least for this week.

"Those guys don’t know me this week," McCourty said. "So, it’s rough in our friendship. We all talk a good amount during the season but there hasn’t been much interaction during this week."

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Quick Slants The Podcast: Does Pats ugly loss in Tennessee outweigh their six-game winning streak?

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Quick Slants The Podcast: Does Pats ugly loss in Tennessee outweigh their six-game winning streak?

Tom Curran and Jerod Mayo break down the Patriots' 34-10 loss to the Tennessee Titans and they look ahead to how the team can improve during the bye week.

1:38 - Jerod's number one reason why the Patriots lost: They couldn't establish the run game.

6:58 - "You could tell Vrabel hyped this team up." Tom and Jerod discuss if the revenge factor was underrated leading up to this game and also hit on if the Patriots 7-2 record coming into Week 10 really reflected how they had been playing.

11:57 - Jerod talks about how the Patriots defense needs to improve during the bye week and how they clearly aren't playing like a championship-caliber unit.

19:09 - Jerod says that the bye week couldn't come at a better time and that it's a good chance for the Patriots to do some self-scouting as they look ahead to the Jets.

25:31 - Tom asks if it's more important to remember that the team had won six games in a row than worry about the loss to the Titans.

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DJ Bean's NFL Power Pranking: Takes that look bad at the Patriots bye

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DJ Bean's NFL Power Pranking: Takes that look bad at the Patriots bye

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