The New England Patriots are coping with the daunting actuality of one in all their worst common season begins of the twenty first century. With their 24-17 loss to Miami on SNF, the Pats are going through their first 0-2 begin since 2001, the season Tom Brady took over for QB Drew Bledsoe.
The Pats final winless begin heading into week 3 got here after a vicious hit from Jets defender Mo Lewis, which Drew Bledsoe later assured practically “value him” his life.
Since 2002, led by Brady, Cam Newton and even a rookie Mac Jones, New England and head coach Invoice Belichick had by no means made it to week 3 and not using a win. In 2023, a brand new actuality emerges.
Regardless of a valiant effort in Week 1 and Week 2 in opposition to the Eagles and Dolphins, respectively, the Pats face the uncertainty of a 0-2 begin that’s traditionally an enormous hurdle for potential postseason hopes.
The Dolphins acquired one of the best of the Pats in SNF
Regardless of some epic playmaking by the New England particular groups unit and protection, the Patriots have been unable to capitalize on the overwhelming majority of offensive drives. QB Mac Jones, specifically, was not capable of return the favor and capitalize the momentum of the crew’s D/ST unit.
New England’s lone offensive TDs got here from a 6-yard passing TD to tight finish Hunter Henry and a 2-yard landing run by operating again Rhamondre Stevenson.
The Patriots will host the Denver Broncos (additionally 0-2) subsequent Sunday. Except a uncommon and elusive tie happens, both Belichick’s Pats of Sean Payton’s Broncos can be 0-3 heading into Week 4.