Last Sunday night, the New England Patriots suffered a 26-10 loss to the winless Detroit Lions. This was one of the worst performances by the Patriots on both offense and defense in recent years. They managed only 209 total yards on offense and just 12 first downs, compared to the Lions’ 414 yards and 25 first downs. This was the Patriots’ second consecutive loss early in the season, and some are starting to doubt the franchise.
Reasons not to Panic
Pats fans should be familiar with the team starting the season slow. In the last 10 years, Belichick’s record in September has been 26-13. This doesn’t scream success, especially when the Patriots averaged 12.5 wins a season over these 10 years. This just goes to prove that Belichick doesn’t put a lot of stock in winning in September. His focus, instead, is on winning games in November, December and January.
After this Sunday’s game against the Miami Dolphins, the Patriots will get back their best wide receiver in Julian Edelman. Edelman was suspended the first four games of the season for violating the league’s substance abuse policy, and it has been difficult to fill his spot in the slot. The Pats have lacked a consistent receiver so far this season, with arguably the worst receiving corps that Brady has ever had. In an attempt to save the offense, the Patriots traded for troubled but talented receiver Josh Gordon. This move is a boom or bust trade for the Patriots. If it works out, it could be the reason the Patriots start to pick it up offensively.
Lastly, the Patriots have three consecutive home games coming up. The team is very good at home in the month of October. This will be a very important stretch for the Pats as they face the Miami Dolphins and then the Kansas City Chiefs, who both have started the season undefeated. I believe the Patriots will once again prove everyone wrong and get back to the top of the AFC by the end of the season. They have the best quarterback in the league along with the best coach.