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Patriots need to add a player

In a championship-or-bust sports market such as Boston, it's often difficult to take solace in a heartbreaking defeat. 

The New England Patriots may have suffered a 35-30 loss to the Seattle Seahawks in a Sunday night Week 2 thriller, but there was a lot more to like than dislike. 

While Bill Belichick is not interested in moral victories, there's a lot his Patriots can take away from this game. 

1. Cam Newton looks like his old self.

Save for a third-quarter interception that led to a Seattle touchdown, Newton was sharp. And he gave the Patriots a chance to win. 

Newton's arm and pocket presence looked fantastic. He spread the ball around. He doesn't panic in the pocket and it's clear hie's playing with a chip on his shoulder. 

On the game's final play, Newton was stuffed at the line of scrimmage. While you have to give Seattle credit, if Newton is a little more patient, he could've bounced the play to the outside and walked into the end zone.

2. Russell Wilson is a special player

The Seahawks' signal caller tends to fly under the radar, and that seems to be OK with him.

He threw five touchdown passes to five different receivers against arguably the best secondary in football, furthering the notion that Wilson is one of this game's top quarterbacks.

Nobody is talking about the Seahawks in the NFC, and that's fine with Wilson.

But after watching Wilson's efficiency Sunday, the Seahawks are a dangerous team in the NFC, especially with division rival San Francisco banged up injury wise. Don't be surprised if Wilson has the Seahawks playing in Tampa Bay in February.

3. Will Belichick trade for a playmaker? 

There were so many offseason questions surrounding the offense, but Newton and company looked fantastic Sunday. 

If the Patriots are able to trade for a playmaking receiver or tight end, and they have the salary cap space to do so, the Patriots will remain among the AFC favorites. 

I loved what I saw from the offense on Sunday, and Julian Edelman played his heart out. N'Keal Harry rebounded from an up-and-down Week 1, and made some clutch catches. This team is just missing one more receiver. 

4. Their hearts were with Sweet Feet.

It's obvious the Patriots were thinking of their brother, James White, who was inactive after his father was killed in a car accident in Miami. 

After Devin McCourty's first-quarter pick-six, the Patriot captain uttered "2-8, we love you."

Wilson and White were teammates at Wisconsin, and the Seahawks quarterback offered prayers to White in his postgame interview with NBC, furthering that Wilson is one of the NFL's classiest guys.

The Patriots played their hearts out but have a ways to go, and need to take care of the woeful Las Vegas Raiders in Foxboro in Week 3 before a Week 4 date with the Chiefs in Kansas City.

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