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The Pats Can’t Catch a Break at Gillette

The New England Patriots are 2-0 on the road and 0-4 at home. Oh. And. Four. These aren’t your father’s (or, I guess, older brother’s?) Patriots. That much is clear. However, Bill Belichick and his team being winless at Gillette Stadium six games into their season is something not many of us had on our bingo cards.

One Beatdown, Three Heartbreakers

A late fumble doomed their chances against Miami in Week 1. A missed field goal sank them against the Bucs in Tom Brady’s return to Foxborough. Last night they were just the victims of Dak Prescott, who didn’t allow the Pats to possess the ball in overtime after connecting with CeeDee Lamb on the winning touchdown. He threw for 445 with three scores.

Three evenly-matched games, none of which went New England’s way.

The Saints crushed them in week three. They made Mac Jones look very much like the rookie he is, forcing him into three picks in a 28-13 loss. Other than that game, though, you can reasonably say that the Patriots could be 4-2 instead of 2-4 with just a shred of good fortune on their home turf. At least 3-3.

Incoming Crossroads

They have the Jets at home (uh-oh) next week. This…is a win, right? Their home woes have to be an anomaly, to a degree. If Zach Wilson comes into Gillette Stadium and leaves with a dub, well, I think people need to lose their jobs. Anything is possible with this pass defense…

Let’s just assume the Pats secure their first home victory of 2021. They’d be 3-4 coming into a key three-game stretch that will likely determine whether they’re contenders or pretenders this season. They play the Chargers on the road, the Panthers on the road, and the Browns at home. You realistically have to win at least two of these games to stay in the AFC playoff picture at 5-5. Mac has found a little bit of a groove over his last few games, as has the running game.

That pass defense, though…

It would be nice to have Stephon Gilmore right about now.