The New England Patriots suffered a disappointing 10-6 loss to the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, leading coach Bill Belichick to attribute the defeat to “missed opportunities.” This defeat marked the Patriots’ worst record through 10 games in over two decades. Quarterback Mac Jones faced significant pressure, being sacked five times and eventually benched after throwing an interception in the red zone during the fourth quarter of the game in Frankfurt. The team’s fate was sealed when back-up quarterback Bailey Zappe threw another interception on the final drive. This loss resulted in the Patriots starting the season with a 2-8 record for the first time since Belichick became the coach in 2000. Belichick, known for his brevity, expressed his disappointment, stating that the team needs to improve situational football and capitalize on their opportunities. The Patriots’ struggles this season have led to speculation about a potential split between Belichick and the team, despite his long-standing tenure. However, retired linebacker and ESPN analyst Tedy Bruschi, who won three Super Bowl rings under Belichick, urged owner Robert Kraft to allow the coach to finish the season. The Patriots now have a bye week to regroup before facing the New York Giants on the road. Belichick acknowledged that the team is not doing enough to secure victories and emphasized the need for improvement.
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