Bill Belichick says Patriots were outplayed and outcoached by Lions
The New England Patriots are suddenly on a losing streak after they were dealt a sound defeat by Matt Patricia’s Detroit Lions, 26-10, on Sunday night. After the game, Patriots coach Bill Belichick gave props to his former protege and his new squad for the comprehensive win.
“I think they clearly outplayed us and out-coached us today,” Belichick said per Michael David Smith of PFT. “The Lions did everything a lot better than we did tonight, so give them credit. We just didn’t do anything well enough to give ourselves a chance to win. Similar situation to last week: Got behind early, played from behind, [and] just weren’t able to make it up. So, we’re going to have to work our way out of it. Obviously we have a lot of work to do.”
The Patriots, who were without new acquisition Josh Gordon, were particularly ineffective offensively against their old defensive coordinator. Tom Brady had one of his worst games in a while as he went just 14-of-26 for 133 yards with a touchdown and an interception.
Meanwhile, the Patriots defense had the unenviable distinction of being the first team to give up a Lions 100-yard rusher in five years. So clearly, there are problems on both sides of the ball to sort out.
Even at 1-2, there’s no need to panic just yet for the Patriots. Brady and Belichick have proven over the years that they are capable of turning things around. They will now have three home games in a row to right the ship, starting with a matchup against the surprising 3-0 Dolphins next week.