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New England Patriots links 10/09/23 - Patriots flatline in 34-0 loss to Saints

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NFL: OCT 08 Saints at Patriots
Kendrick Bourne makes a catch
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Woof. The angry words started up when the New England Patriots’ first series went three-and-out. It was carryover contention from last week.

Not wanting to listen to another three-plus hours of the same ranting, I was literally in the middle of defending Mac Jones when unfortunately for my point, and for all of us, Mac Jones threw an interception less than a minute into his second drive. His day didn’t get much better. I gave up and just let the airing of grievances take over. Eventually a “Bad News Bears” style of humor took hold and the steam was released. Not quite the birthday celebration I had planned for my hubby, but we ended up having a fun day.

Forget Mac forgetting how to play football, the weak offensive line, forget the receivers treating the ball like a hot potato, the Patriots were playing scared from the start. No confidence. Dead men walking. I’m all for the team’s new mantra, “starting over”, but we’ll see what it means and what changes. This is only Week 5 — I’m not on the “Tank” bandwagon just yet.


  • Post Game Notes: Patriots-Saints. J.C. Jackson makes his return; Pats shutout for first time since 2016.
  • Gamebook: Full Saints at Patriots stats.
  • Evan Lazar’s Game Observations: 1. Ja’Whaun Bentley forces punt With first-quarter sack as defense moves on without Matthew Judon, Christian Gonzalez. 2. Mac Jones benched for the second straight week, with six turnovers in the last two games; More.
  • Mike Dussault’s Five key takeaways from the 34-0 home loss. 1. Offensive struggles carry over: It was another instance of Mac trying to do too much, resulting in a major mistake that immediately affected the course of the game. This was his third interception in the last two games and his second pick-six in as many weeks.
  • Post Game Quotes: Patriots and Saints.
  • Press Conferences: Bill Belichick - Mac Jones - Deatrich Wise - Hunter Henry - David Andrews.


  • Alex Barth shares 5 takeaways from the Pats’ bad-to-worse shutout loss: Both on offense and defense, the Patriots struggled at the line of scrimmage. There was no push by the offensive or defensive line, which made it difficult for the Patriots to establish any sort of momentum.
  • Taylor Kyles offers his takeaways from the Week 5 loss. Same old story for woeful offense; Defense turned in its worst performance of the season with self-inflicted errors.
  • Mike Kadlick shares 5 immediate thoughts from the humiliating 34-0 loss. 1. Start scouting those college quarterbacks. 4. Not only did the players give up, but Belichick did as well. 5. The Patriots are in a bad place.
  • Zack Cox has six thoughts on Sunday’s laugher: 2. Blocking problems persist. 3. Defense lacks pass rush without Matthew Judon. 4. Another impact rookie goes down. 6. Belichick waves the white flag.
  • Nick Goss gives us his Patriots-Saints takeaways: Pats hit rock bottom with embarrassing loss, and it’s unlikely to get much better. 1. Zero firepower offensively. 2. Offensive line is a disaster.
  • Mike D’Abate’s Patriots-Saints Notebook: Mac Jones, pffensive line again inept in lopsided loss.
  • Matt Dolloff writes the 2023 Patriots may have just hit rock-bottom after a 34-0 drubbing by the Saints.
  • Karen Guregian’s QB Corner: For Mac Jones, the boos raining down at Gillette tell the story.
  • Matt Vautour points out the Patriots have kicking woes on top of everything else.
  • Alex Barth looks at what ‘starting over’ means for the Patriots.
  • Tom E. Curran says it’s time to hold Bill Belichick accountable for the current state of the 1-4 Patriots.
  • Matt Dolloff says Bill Belichick needs to take a good, hard look in the mirror after this.
  • Mike Kadlick doesn’t think it sounds like a QB change is imminent.
  • Justin Leger highlights Mike Reiss on New England’s turnover troubles: the Patriots have now been outscored 45-0 off turnovers this season. That’s the worst point differential in the NFL and a complete 180 from the 2022 campaign, when they allowed 37 points off turnovers all year and led the NFL with a +77 points-off-turnover differential.
  • Zack Cox wonders if the Patriots should have challenged the close call where Kyle Dugger thought he had an interception.
  • Lauren Campbell notes J.C. Jackson says he’s happy to be back where he feels ‘appreciated’.


  • Gordon McGuinness (PFF) NFL Week 5 Game Recap: New Orleans Saints 34, New England Patriots 0. Things continue to go badly for the Patriots’ offense with Mac Jones under center.
  • Garrett Podell (CBS Sports) Bill Belichick endures worst coaching stretch of NFL career as Patriots suffer historic home shutout to Saints.
  • Josh Alper (ProFootballTalk) PSaints hand Bill Belichick his biggest home loss in 34-0 rout.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) After being outscored 72-3 in two weeks, Bill Belichick says Patriots will “start over.”
  • Josh Alper (ProFootballTalk) Patriots will stick with Mac Jones at quarterback.
  • Will Brinson (CBS Sports) Sorting the Sunday Pile, Week 5: Everything feels over for the Patriots, Lions look legit, AFC South shakeout.
  • Around the NFL ( Week 5: What we learned from Sunday’s games. Saints’ D dominates, shutting out Patriots; Is this rock bottom for New England? “It was an all-hands-on-deck terrible day for Bill Belichick’s club.”
  • NFL Nation (ESPN) NFL Week 5: Big questions, risers, fallers and takeaways. How much longer will Bill Belichick stick with QB Mac Jones? Stock up after the loss: Demario Douglas. Stock down: Bill Belichick.
  • Jeff Kerr (CBS Sports) Week 5 Overreactions, reality checks: Dolphins better than ‘Greatest Show on Turf?’ Belichick done?
  • Peter King (ProFootballTalk) FMIA Week 5: Brock Purdy is your new MVP frontrunner; remembering Dick Butkus.
  • John Breech (CBS Sports) NFL Week 5 grades: Patriots get an ‘F’ after blowout loss to Saints.
  • Frank Schwab (Yahoo! Sports) NFL Winners and Losers: Patriots awful again as Bill Belichick’s nightmare season gets worse.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Report: Tom Brady’s purchase of piece of Raiders has “stalled”.