Patriots defense takes a step back

Unit has poor showing against St. Louis Rams in preseason loss

Updated: August 27, 2010, 8:00 AM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Bill Belichick didn't say much after the New England Patriots' disappointing 36-35 preseason loss to the visiting St. Louis Rams, but this said it all: "In a game of no defense, we played less."

That sums it up succinctly.

Surely, reading too much into preseason games is dangerous business, but if what transpired defensively Thursday night at Gillette Stadium was no simply big deal, it's hard to imagine Belichick would have been so surly in his postgame remarks. ...

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