Curran: Hard to be positive about Pats after another bad start originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston
The New England Patriots are 0-2 for the first time since 2001. Any talk of a “moral victory” in Week 1 was put to rest following their Week 2 loss to the Miami Dolphins.
Bill Belichick’s group again was forced to dig out of an early hole. They scored only three points in the first half and didn’t find the end zone until the fourth quarter. Another week, another “too little, too late” effort from the Patriots offense.
As a result, our Tom E. Curran is changing his tune after initially praising the Patriots’ resiliency against the Philadelphia Eagles.
“I was very, very encouraged last week after the loss to the Eagles,” Curran said on Tuesday’s episode of Quick Slants. “So encouraged that I wrote this, ‘I guess you can’t judge a moral victory in the immediate aftermath. You have to see what’s done with the momentum. But I think most of us know a bad team when we see it, even if the record says they are “good” (like last year’s Patriots when they were 5-4). And I know a good team when I see it, even if their record is 0-1.’
“My inference was the Patriots are a good team. All they had to do was clean some stuff up and of course, they would. They’d tighten the screws and get back to Patriots football and being a Bill Belichick-coached team. Last year was an aberration. They would be a team that didn’t beat itself and everything that follows with it.
“After Sunday, I feel duped. Hoodwinked. A recipient of flimflammery. They’ve been outscored 33-3 to start the last two games and that’s not good. And that’s not how good teams operate. How many furious fruitless comebacks do I have to see before I realize that all these comebacks are just a mirage?”
After the Week 2 defeat, linebacker Matthew Judon told reporters the Patriots are “not a bad team” despite their 0-2 start to the campaign. Curran believes at this point, they deserve the “bad team” label until the…
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Publish date : 2023-09-19 23:20:46
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