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The Bills: a pathology of losing

Originally Published: September 16, 2009
By Howard Bryant | ESPN.com

Like incense, the familiar, pleasing scents of success traced through the New England Patriots' locker room after Monday night's rousing 25-24 win over Buffalo. Yet the players did not want to bask too comfortably in the soothing aromas of their victory, lest they incur the wrath of their rightfully unsatisfied coach, Bill Belichick.

Instead, sensing they were approaching an invisible line, most of them quickly slipped into programmed self-deprecations. Yes, we probably should have ...

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