A loss never sits well, but when you know you didn't give your best effort, losing is an even tougher pill to swallow.
That's why Bills defensive end Chris Kelsay took to the media to air his frustrations over his teammates "not...playing hard every snap."
He told reporters on Monday (per The Buffalo News):
We've played really well at times and we've played really, really poorly a lot of the time. It's more what we're not doing than what other teams are doing to us. I know you guys are tired of hearing and we're tired of saying it. Some way, somehow we've got to understand what accountability means across the board, playing hard every play. You watch the film and not everybody was playing hard every snap and that’s unacceptable.
At the end of the day that's who is on the field. Coaches coach and players play. We might have to grab guys by the shirt collar and tell them to get to moving. It's nothing personal, but we're relying on you. Myself included. If I'm not doing my job I expect Kyle to grab me by the neck and tell me to get going. That's what it's going to take. We've got a lot of young guys. We're going to get everybody on the same page.
The cliché that "the chain is only as strong as its weakest link" is one that applies fervently to football. If one player isn't giving his all, that can open up big holes in the defense, either causing receivers to get open or for cracks to become gaping holes in the running game.
The coaching is part of the problem as well, but a little extra effort wouldn't hurt, especially if it's lacking as Kelsay implies.
Here's some more news and analysis from around the AFC East.
Mike Dussault of PatsPropaganda.com shares his thoughts on ProFootballFocus.com's grades for the Patriots from Sunday's win over the Jets.
Joe Caporoso of TurnOnTheJets.com lists 10 truths about the Jets following the 29-26 overtime loss to the Patriots.
Bleacher Report Bills featured columnist Aaron Lowinger builds a trade deadline wish list for the Bills.
B/R Dolphins featured columnist Mario Cuadros hands out midseason report cards for every position on the Dolphins roster.
Armando Salguero of The Miami Herald shares the thoughts of the Dolphins coordinators, including why tight end Michael Egnew and wide receiver Jabar Gaffney have not seen the field much (or in Gaffney's case, at all).
Erik Frenz is the AFC East lead blogger for Bleacher Report. Be sure to follow Erik on Twitter and "like" the AFC East blog on Facebook to keep up with all the updates. Unless specified otherwise, all quotes are obtained firsthand.