After 10 games and Sunday’s loss to the Texans, the Patriots are now 4-6 on the year and in 11th place in the AFC, two games back of the final playoff spot.
With six games remaining — four of which against teams with winning records — it’s certainly going to be difficult as not only to the Patriots need to take care of business in their own games, but also get some help with teams ahead of them losing.
A few players who spoke Monday indicated there’s still belief in the Patriots locker room.
“Just turn the page,” Jonathan Jones said. “Playoffs are still possible. Anything is still possible as far as our goals, but I think it just starts with this week, going out, taking it — practice starting Wednesday when we get out there on the field and just turning the page and understanding our record is what it is right now and we need to keep moving forward.”
Matthew Slater added: “I think if there ever comes a point in time where you lose faith in that, then the season’s over. If at any point — leadership, coaches, players, staff — if you lose belief then you might as well throw in the towel and I don’t think we’re anywhere near that right now.
“I think there is still a great deal of belief in who we are and what we’re capable of moving forward. But at some point in time, we have to turn that belief into action and results.”
The Patriots will host Arizona this week before going on the road for three straight games — at the Chargers, at the Rams (Thursday) and then at Miami. If the Patriots can somehow win all three games, then maybe they have a shot.
Since 1990, 168 teams have started a season with a 4-6 record and only 13 of those teams made the playoffs.
“We’re going to remain confident in who we are and what we’ve done,” Slater said. “We’ve got some decent football players around here that have done alright over the years. We’ll see at the end of the day whether that’s good enough or not, but right now, we’re just going to focus on taking things one day at a time and trying to go out and get better.”