Look, I’ll be the first to admit that the past two weeks as a Patriots fan hasn’t been enjoyable. These have been some suffocating losses, where it feels like the offense just couldn’t get anything going, and the defense couldn’t get the big plays they needed. It doesn’t help that their offseason was just awful, which makes this start to the season appear like it could be the norm. Of course Tom’s getting pressured, they didn’t address the offensive line. Of course Tom can’t find anyone downfield, they lost two of their top receivers and did not find replacements. Of course they can’t stop a nosebleed, they failed to address the secondary. Stuff like that.
However, if there’s one thing I learned as a Patriots fan it’s that these first four weeks are a total crapshoot. The product on the field in September is virtually never the product in January and sometimes (a lot of times) February. The NBC team brought up the time five years ago when Bill and the gang got smacked by Kansas City on primetime, and everybody questioned whether this was the end. Bill just told everyone that he was on to Cincinnati, and they would go on to hold the Lombardi trophy at the end of the season. So yes a loss is a loss is a loss, but a loss in September does not project how this team will do.
I also take solace in the fact that the Jaguars were essentially ready to declare themselves Super Bowl champs after their Week 2 victory. Once again, when the clock ran out in Detroit, Lions players were jumping for joy after a Week 3 victory to “improve” to 1-2. As Dubs likes to say during the pick ‘em segments, there are 17 weeks in an NFL season. Celebrate when you’re winning games against the Patriots in the playoffs, if you’re so lucky.
So yes, losing back to back weeks to essentially kick off the season is not great. Losing against a former assistant after Bill usually spanks them time and time again, also not great. But, if history means anything, then it’s not yet time to start sweating, or hitting the “panic button.” Lose to Miami to fall three games back? Then I’ll consider it. For now, though, I’ll stand by the fact that Bill is the GOAT, Tom is the GOAT, and the Patriots are a good football team.