Bill Belichick suffered the worst loss of his coaching career in Dallas last week and suffered the worst home loss of his career this week.
The Saints humiliated the Patriots 34-0 at home to drop the Patriots to 1-4 on the season. Belichick’s previous home loss record was a 38-9 loss to the Bills in 2020.
Belichick pulled quarterback Mac Jones early in the fourth quarter with New Orleans leading 31-0 and Billy Zappe played the rest of the way. It’s the second straight week Jones has been pulled and he threw his third pick of the season in the first quarter. Belichick stuck with Jones after the Dallas debacle, but Zappi He saw more actors In practice this week and the Patriots will have to see if there is any hope of doing better by sticking with Jones after another disastrous outing.
The Patriots haven’t scored a touchdown since the first half of Week 3, so some changes will need to be made even if they stick with Jones as their starting quarterback.
It’s the Patriots’ first home shutout since 2016 and they’re 1-4 for the first time since 2000. They play the Raiders next week and Raiders coach Josh McDaniels will offer a reminder of the offense’s happier days in New England.
The Saints won’t have to make any tough decisions on their offense. It felt like things were Heading in this direction After last Sunday’s loss to the Buccaneers, they still racked up 308 yards on their way to the win. Derek Carr threw a pair of touchdown passes and Alvin Kamara scored his first touchdown of the 2023 season.
The offensive success was greater than the defense. They selected Jones for the second time and also recovered a botched pitch for running back Ramondre Stephenson. Carl Granderson had a sack and forced an interception that Tyrann Mathieu returned for a touchdown.
New Orleans is now 3-2 and will head to Houston for a date with the Texans next weekend.
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