A lack of confidence is Brisbane's excuse for its latest NRL loss.
Clutching for a positive spin, Broncos coach Anthony Griffin said Sunday's 28-12 loss to Canberra was - at least - an improvement on last Monday's diabolical 42-22 loss to Parramatta.
But he concedes it's not good enough.
The loss to the Raiders at Canberra Stadium was Brisbane's third consecutive defeat and their fifth from their past seven games, relegating them to seventh on the NRL ladder with four rounds to go.
Gaining an all important top four finish is much tougher, especially given Brisbane's run home with matches against the Bulldogs, Melbourne, Sea Eagles and Penrith.
With Brisbane holding a 6-4 lead at halftime against the Raiders, Griffin believed his team would build on it in the second half.
How wrong he was.
Two minutes in Canberra centre Jarrod Croker scored his 15th try of the season.
Brisbane never recovered.
"That try of Croker's after halftime set us back on our heels and then we started to get in some rhythm again and played some decent footy," Griffin said.
"But every time we looked like we were going to get into a bit of rhythm we shot ourselves in the foot so that was the game."
And now Brisbane's next match is against the ladder-leading Bulldogs.
"It's about us trying to get back where we need to be," Griffin said.
"We were better than last week but we weren't good enough today.
"We're disappointed with the result but we've got to build on that and get on with next week."
Broncos skipper Sam Thaiday also cited a lack of confidence as the reason for his team's poor performance.
"We are lacking a little in confidence at the moment," he said.
"But we just need to get back to some basic football and I think once we grind out a good tough win I'm sure that confidence will come back."