Scott Zolak: “There’s a vibe of acceptance with the Patriots”
Is this rock bottom? Or can it get worse?
Marc Bertrand: Zo, have we reached rock bottom with the New England Patriots?
Scott Zolak: That feels like they’re accepting it. To me, there’s a vibe of acceptance now. Stuff’s unraveling, complaining,benched guys leaving the locker room. Just the tone, the tenor. I have no regrets. The quarterback saying… it’s the halfway point. I have no regrets at the halfway point? Have we ever had a player in the last 20 years say, I have no regrets. Prep, playing, all that. I mean, this is bad. It’s bad. Really bad.
Marc Bertrand: The Washington Commanders last week traded away two of their best defensive players.
Scott Zolak: Well, think about it in retrospect. Before you even get to that, you lost to Brian Hoyer and they fired their coach. The Raiders, you’ve lost to… go back, Saints came in. Led by Derek Carr who was reeling at that point. Kicked your ass. What was that 34-0? The manner in which you’ve lost. You’re 1-4 at home this year. Home! No home field advantage. It’s like three years in a row of no home field advantage. You lost to a team who traded away their two best players away a week ago. This is rock bottom.
Marc Bertrand: The Raiders are better than the Commanders. The Commanders traded away their two best defensive players last week. They waved a white flag. They sent the message to everybody in their organization that they are accepting losses the rest of the way, that they are in-fact tanking, that they are looking for the best possible draft position in next spring’s draft. That they have given up on the 2023 football season. They are tapped out. They have new owners there.
There are expected changes there and they have sent the message we are all set with winning games in 2023. We don’t need to win games, we don’t care if you try to win games, we are out in 2023. They’ve already done that. They’ve declared this season dead for their franchise. What did they do? They went on the road and found it easy enough to beat the Patriots in their own building.
Scott Zolak: That defense held you under 20 points. That defense held you under 20 points! They’re like ranked low in every freakin category. I don’t recognize one name in the secondary. No disrespect to them. Name recognition in this league. It’s a big thing.
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Another game slips through the fingertips: 11 takeaways from the Patriots' loss to the Commanders
Did that one feel familiar? It should have.
On Sunday the New England Patriots found themselves in a spot they’ve found themselves in quite a bit this season. Despite playing a sloppy game at times they were in it in the fourth quarter against the Washington Commanders, before penalties and turnovers became too much to overcome in what was eventually a 20-17 loss to the Washington Commanders. With the loss, the Patriots are now 2-7.
“A game where we had our chances. You know, had a chance there at the end, couldn’t make enough plays,” head coach Bill Belichick said of the loss after the game. “Obviously had plenty of opportunities along the way that we needed to make more out of. Just disappointing result. Just got to do a better job of making the plays when we have the opportunities to make ’em. It’s as simple as that, so that’s really about it. It’s all the way across the board, all three units.”
While the loss may have felt familiar in terms of game-script and themes, there’s still plenty that stood out in this one. Before we get to the big-picture implications of the 2-7 start this week, let’s wrap up Sunday with the takeaways from the game itself…