Dillon glad to lose stripes

ROB LONGLEY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:17 AM ET

Corey Dillon may not be a loser but he sure knows about losing.

So who better to give a fresh perspective on the New England Patriots' current 20-game win streak than the new gun in town?

Dillon, who languished through seven miserable seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals, is enjoying how the other half lives these days.

Acquired by the Patriots in an off-season trade, Dillon has provided the Patriots with the feature back they didn't have during their Super Bowl runs the past few years. And he is feeding off their success.

"They have been in tight games before and I think they just figure out a way to win," said Dillon, who scored a pair of touchdowns in a 30-20 win yesterday over the Seattle Seahawks. "When the situation presents itself, everybody is calm and collected and knows what to do."

Dillon was a star for most of his years in Cincy until last season when he clashed with the Bengals coaching staff. Both sides were anxious to part ways and when the Patriots expressed interest, Dillon was sprung.

So far, he has been impressed by the attitude in New England and the aura in the locker room.

"They've been making great plays for so long, it just comes natural to them," Dillon said of his Super Bowl champion teammates. "We're prepared well for Sunday then we expect to go out and make good plays."

Dillon has added a refreshing dimension to the Patriots attack. With 522 yards through five games, he is on pace for a franchise record 1,670 yards. More importantly, he gives one of the NFL's more creative offences yet another dimension.

"He always finds the holes and he hits people and wears them down," Patriots offensive lineman Matt Light said.

"As long as he continues to do that, we will have success."


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