The New England Patriots returned from their bye week on Sunday against the New York Giants down in New Jersey. Despite the week off, the team picked up right where it left off.
Sunday was yet another low-scoring, rock fight of a game for this 2023 Patriots team. They brought in the league’s 31st-ranked offense which ranked ahead of only – the Giants. Both teams played the game as such, with points at a premium.
It was the same things that did the Patriots in as well. While the defense did its part the offense struggled and put up just 4.2 yards per play. They turned the ball over three times, with both Giants scores coming off of giveaways.
Despite that, the Patriots were still in the game late. They got the ball at midfield with 3:15 to play in the fourth quarter, needed a field goal to force overtime or a touchdown to win. However they couldn’t escape another one of their year-long issues – special teams. Rookie kicker Chad Ryland missed a 35-yarder in the final seconds to seal the loss.
Now the Patriots sit at 2-9, and are guaranteed their second consecutive losing season. That will draw plenty of big-picture talk about Bill Belichick and his future with the team this week, but before we get to that lets take a look at what stood out on Sunday.