Julian Edelman finished second on the team in receiving during Sunday’s loss to the Green Bay Packers. And on Monday, the New England Patriots wideout joined WEEI’s Middays with MFB to discuss the game and the road ahead.
He did so from San Diego, as the Patriots traveled directly from Green Bay in preparation for Week 14 against the Chargers.
“It would have been a lot better if we had got a win. But with this league, you’ve got to turn it around quick. We’ve got another big one this weekend,” Edelman said of the 8-4 Chargers, coming off a 34-33 victory over the Baltimore Ravens.
“It’s nice to be out here, I guess. Little warm. But it’s a business trip.”
During the Patriots’ first stint of the business trip in Green Bay, the California native appeared to aggravate the thigh injury that has listed him as probable in recent weeks. But Edelman returned to the game after the team announced that his return was questionable.
“It’s my job to go out there and try to play for this team, and I felt that I could could,” Edelman said of the ailment. “We’re not allowed to get into injuries too much, so we’ll leave it at that. But we lost, so it really doesn’t matter.”
Edelman caught seven passes for 48 yards on 10 targets in the 26-21 loss at Lambeau Field. In the process, the Patriots’ offense was able to convert on just 4-of-10 third downs, while the Packers’ offense went 10-of-17 and held possession for more than 36 minutes of game clock.
The missed opportunities were something Edelman addressed during his weekly appearance on the program.
“We just didn’t convert on crucial situations on certain third downs, where we didn’t convert on short or medium, and they won that third-down battle,” Edelman added. “So, that was probably one of the biggest parts of the game. Going to watch the film here in a little bit.”
Despite the loss to Green Bay, New England stands at 9-3, tied for the best record in the AFC heading into the final stretch of the regular season. And after the Chargers, it’s on to the division for a second meeting with Miami Dolphins, the New York Jets and the Buffalo Bills.
But what transpired against the NFC leaders on Nov. 30 isn’t being taken with a grain of salt.
“Around here we’re never satisfied with losing,” the 5-foot-10, 200-pound Edelman said. “That was a good football team. They outplayed us a little bit yesterday, and they made more plays than us. We still have a bunch of games. We got four games – a month of football, and every game counts. We have to turn the page, learn from it, and try to get better.”