NASHVILLE -- The Patriots almost seemed perplexed after the fact. Flummoxed.

How could did it get so bad so quickly? In the moments after the score went final, 34-10, there was little in the way of answers coming out of the Patriots locker room.

"There's really not too much to say here this afternoon," Bill Belichick said. "The Titans did a better job than we did in every part of the game, every phase of the game. Not a good day for us. We've got a lot of work to do here, a lot of football left to go. We just didn't do much of anything well today."

Julian Edelman was brief with his answers to reporters' questions.


"Got outplayed," he said repeatedly. "Gotta look at the film," was another common refrain.

He knew it, too. It got to the point that he apologized to those clutching microphones in front of him and looking for something, anything, to use in their postgame stories.

"I’m sorry," he said. "Sorry to be an a-hole. But we got outplayed.”

Matthew Slater was one of the last to leave the Patriots locker room. The voice of the Patriots in many ways, even he struggled to put words to what happened to the team on Sunday -- a day that started with a 58-yard kick return from Darius Jennings and didn't get much better from there.


"We're, what, 7-3? I think obviously we've done enough good things to win seven games," Slater said, "but it's not going to be good enough down the stretch. I don't think it's something that's a complete overhaul. I just think we gotta try to tighten up the details and play together and play with good energy on the road, play with good focus on the road, and execute. It's little things, I'd say."


The bye he continued would be used to self-scout, and make the many corrections that need to be made before seeing the Jets in Week 12.

"Try to get better," Slater said. "If we don't, we're gonna be in for a tough stretch."

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