Taylor McCloud — Pats Militia
On what was supposed to be a perfect night in Foxborough, the Kansas City Chiefs waltzed into Gillette Stadium and ripped the Patriots’ throat out.
— New England Patriots (@Patriots) September 8, 2017
Let me make one thing very clear: last night sucked. There’s no two ways about it. It sucked. The Patriots turned in a pathetic effort and got their doors blown off as a result.
Alex Smith threw for 368 yards and 4 touchdowns. Kareem Hunt racked up 281 total yards and scored three times. Justin Houston put Tom Brady on the ground two times. The Chiefs were on top of their game.
Unfortunately, the Patriots were not. The offense was disjointed and the defense was as porous as Swiss cheese.
I’d love to pen some very clever, very provocative analysis of the game, but Bill Belichick put it simply enough.
Belichick: "Bad defense, bad coaching, bad playing, bad football" pic.twitter.com/ZysNvlPYNW
— Mark Daniels (@MarkDanielsPJ) September 8, 2017
He confirmed what we all knew. Even though Mike Gillislee scored three touchdowns and even though there were some other positives, there were no silver linings. Everything was bad.
But the good thing about football is that bad games aren’t the end of the world. They happen to everyone, even the Patriots. We’ve seen this team bounce back from these types of losses before and I’m confident they’ll do it again.
Does that mean isn’t a ton of work to do? Absolutely not. The Patriots just fell flat on their face after an offseason filled with talk of a perfect season. There’s a ton of work to do, but it’s still just Week 1. There’s still a ton of time to figure things out. Hell, because this game was on a Thursday, there’s a ton of time before Week 2. Bill Belichick will figure this out.