With Sunday’s loss to the Giants, the Patriots are 5-3, and the good news is that they’re still in a three-way tie for the AFC East lead.
The bad news is that 5-3 is halfway to 10-6, and this year in the AFC 10-6 might not be good enough to get to the playoffs.
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady seemed to understand that as he addressed the media following today’s game, saying that over the second half of the season, he expects his teammates to step up — and to understand the consequences of failing to do so.
“There’s no quit in this team,” Brady said. “We’re going to keep battling and we’ve got half a season to go. We’ll see what this team is made of.”
Patriots coach Bill Belichick also emphasized the ability of the Patriots to get better over the second half of the season.
“We had our chances, just came up a little bit short,” Belichick said after the game. “We’ve just got to keep working here, and see if we can play a little better. Giants are a good football team.”
Whether the Patriots are also a good football team, we’ll see over the next eight weeks.