New England Patriots: Where the Team Must Improve Following Loss to Cardinals

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New England Patriots: Where the Team Must Improve Following Loss to Cardinals
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The New England Patriots could do no wrong in the season opener. A week later, it was a different story.

It was only a two-point loss, but it really felt like the Patriots needed work in all areas of the game following the stunning defeat at the hands of the surprisingly game Arizona Cardinals. Even though the Patriots easily could have won, the inescapable feeling was that New England took a step back across the board.

This week's a good one to get back on track. Up next are the Baltimore Ravens, in a Sunday night prime-time tilt. The Ravens are coming off a loss themselves, but they're still an elite team. A win would say a lot about the Patriots' mental toughness and go a long way, even this early in the season, to putting them back on the right track.

To get this win, however, the Patriots have some areas to address. There's plenty about the Ravens to be concerned about, but New England has plenty to fix in-house in order to prevent a 1-2 start that, while not damaging to any playoff hopes, would be a truly shocking development.

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