Although the Patriots are technically a losing team, now sitting with a 2-8 record after their loss to the Colts, their defense has been the best part of them this season and the main reason they've remained in some games despite inevitably losing.
Sticking to how the team handles themselves when speaking to the media, the defensive roster remained mum when asked about potential disappointment seeing the offense not hold up their end of the bargain. But that seems to be changing after they couldn't avoid the preventable loss overseas in Week 10.
The defense did its job, holding the Colts to just ten points, forcing five punts, and nabbing an interception. They kept the game within reach for the offense, and just as they had the rest of the season, they failed to do almost anything successfully to go home with an important win.
Now that they're entering the second half of the year, it appears the defense is not hiding their frustration any longer, as Jabrill Peppers expressed his true feelings when speaking to the press after the game.
"It’s a little frustrating. But we had our chances to keep them backed up, and Gardner Minshew made some great throws on the run. … We held them to 10, but we had our chances to really put our foot on their throats, and we definitely didn’t do it."
It's a fair response, given the absolute dumpster fire that the offense has been for much of the season, but it was also clear Peppers held back from saying more damaging things. It would've been warranted since the offense has been the primary reason for most of their losses this year, but his comments may be just the start of what's to come if the offense doesn't improve the rest of the way.
That's what will make the situation more interesting. Peppers isn't shy about giving candid answers when asked, which makes it curious if he's also speaking on behalf of his defensive teammates with his comments.