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Patriots ready to move on from ugly loss to Lions

08.30.11 at 12:17 am ET

The Patriots have taken a look at the film of Saturday’s 34-10 preseason loss to Detroit, and on Monday, the players who did get a chance to speak with the media said the onus was on them to learn from their mistakes and move on to the next challenge.

“We were out there — we knew how bad the game was. We just didn’t make a good game plan,” said linebacker Jerod Mayo. “We learned a lot from the film and that’s one thing that we’ll take with the loss. We learned a lot, and hopefully we can move forward in a positive direction.”

“It was just one of those games that unfortunately we didn’t play to the best of our ability in. We didn’t play on a level that we expect to play on,” said defensive end Andre Carter. “It was just one of those games that you learn from it and just move on. That’s something that we’ve done.

“Whether it’s a win or a loss, the most important thing is that you continue to strive for perfection, and where your strengths and weaknesses are, whether it is you’re successful or unsuccessful, and just continue to go on from there,” Carter added. “Despite the loss that we had – it’s a loss. It’s a loss, so from a player or from a coaches’ perspective all you can really do is say, ‘OK, these are the things we need to work on and continue to grow, and these are the things we should never do again,’ and that’s the  best way to put it.”

Wide receiver Deion Branch discussed what happened on the offensive side of the ball, where the Patriots scored just 10 points after putting up a combined 78 points in the first two preseason games.

“Overall, it wasn’t the best performance by [anybody],” said Branch, who has yet to catch a pass this preseason. “Everything is based off execution. If you don’t go out and execute, then that’s what happens. You know, [if] you go out and do the things the coaches ask you to do, play-by-play, every play, you’ll see a positive output. If you don’t go out and execute every play — and another thing, eliminate negative plays — that’s another thing that kind of sets your offense back as a whole.”

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