McCourty: Cure for Patriots' defense is simple – play better (The Associated Press)

Devin McCourty had a quick answer for how the New England defense can settle the nerves of fans after last week’s poor performance. While attention is being paid to the physical condition of Rob Gronkowski, it is almost easy to forget the defense played so poorly in a 31-24 loss to Seattle on Sunday night. The loss dropped the Patriots to 7-2, and perhaps provided a lesson on what has to be done to keep things on track heading toward the likely postseason berth.