FOXBORO, Mass. — Deion Branch entered this weekend’s showdown with Buffalo with just five catches on the season. On Sunday, Branch nearly doubled his season total, catching four passes for 30 yards in his most productive game of the year. But even that couldn’t make him happy.
The Patriots pulled out a 37-31 win against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, but the end result was far too close for comfort. And Branch made that known after the game.
Standing at his locker in the Patriots locker room after the game, with a calm but disappointed smirk on his face, Branch expressed his displeasure with the loss.
“It doesn’t feel good. None of us feel good,” Branch said shaking his head in frustration at times. “We’re a lot better than what we put out on the football field today. We know that. We didn’t put our best game out on the field.”
The Patriots didn’t turn the ball over at all on Sunday, so that wasn’t the issue. Tom Brady threw for 237 yards through the air and Stevan Ridley busted out for nearly another 100-yard game, coming up just two yards short of his fifth this season. So, obviously that couldn’t be the issue either. Yet Branch and his teammates were still left irritated, even in victory.
“We did just enough to get the victory,” Branch added in an unenthusiastic tone. “That’s not us. We’ll take the victory, but we’ve got a lot of work to do if we want to be this team that we know we can be.”
Like any other self-respecting NFL team, the Patriots goal to start the season was to hoist the Lombardi Trophy come February. That’s still a long way off, but Branch, Brady, Bill Belichick and the rest of the Patriots know there’s a lot of work left to be done if they have any hope of achieving that feat.
Watch all of Branch’s postgame comments in the video below.