After a rough Week 4 road loss to the Cowboys, the New England Patriots were ready to bounce back as they faced the New Orleans Saints on Sunday afternoon…Or so they thought. Their hopes were dashed as the Patriots had a disastrous game, losing 34-0, and their 2023 season record fell to 1-4.
Mac Jones had a tough start as Tyrann Mathieu intercepted him and returned for a pick-six, giving the Saints an early 7-0 lead. Despite their efforts to recover, the Patriots missed a crucial field goal, allowing the Saints to extend their lead with more touchdowns. The Patriots never gained control of the game.
In the third quarter, the Patriots’ offense turned the ball over once again due to a significant fumble by Ty Montgomery. Seizing this opportunity, the Saints scored another touchdown, widening their lead to 31-0. Subsequently, with the game slipping out of reach, the Patriots made a quarterback change, replacing Jones with Bailey Zappe. Unfortunately, their offensive struggles persisted, and the situation did not improve.
Ultimately, the New England Patriots were shut out at home by the New Orleans Saints with a final score of 34-0, landing them at the bottom of the AFC East with a 1-4 record. Jones had a tough outing, completing 12 of 22 passes for 110 yards and two interceptions during the game. Notably, it marked the first time in Bill Belichick‘s coaching career, including his time with Cleveland, that he trailed by 30 points at home.
With their 1-4 record, the Patriots now face critical decisions, including evaluating Mac Jones and whether he is the right guy. They may also consider potential quarterback options for the 2024 NFL Draft.