Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Lloyd: Patriots' record legit, we deserved tight losses


The New England Patriots are coming off a blowout victory over the St. Louis Rams -- a 45-7 romping more indicative of the team's talent than what it had shown through its first seven games.

New England (5-3) started the season 3-3, getting outscored by a combined measly four points in the three losses before squeaking by the New York Jets in a Week 7 overtime bout.

“I don’t know," Lloyd told The Fan 590 in Toronto Monday when asked if the Patriots' record was deceiving. "We deserved that. We lost those games fair and square, and if we sit here and say that we didn’t, that would be taking a lot away from our opponents. We lost those games fair and square and we’re doing our best to not do that again.”

The Arizona Cardinals upset New England in Week 2 by a 20-18 margin before the Baltimore Ravens handed the Patriots their first losing record in nearly a decade with a 31-30 victory. The Patriots couldn't put the Seattle Seahawks away in Week 6, squandering a 13-point lead in the fourth quarter to lose by a point.

But Sunday, there would be no chance for a comeback bid. Lloyd caught two touchdown passes from Tom Brady as the Patriots scored on five consecutive possessions.

“We wanted to eliminate all of the unforced errors and mental errors out there, and we did," Lloyd said. "It was what we talked about all week. And so it was good to go out and do what we said we were gonna do.”

The Patriots return to the field in Week 10 to host the Buffalo Bills and the Indianapolis Colts the following week before traveling to New York/New Jersey to take on the Jets on Thanksgiving.

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