And we thought we got the early September clunker out of the way last week. Somehow, this one was worse.
The Patriots fell to Matt Patricia and the Detroit Lions 26-10 at Ford Field in one of the most putrid efforts of the Bill Belichick-Tom Brady era. The Lion's victory is the first of their season and also the first of Patricia's head coaching career.
The biggest black eye? You guessed it, the defense.
Once again, the unit showed very few signs of life. The Lions jumped all over them and got out to a 13-3 halftime lead. The only real bright spot was a Ja'Whaun Bentley interception that resulted in Tom Brady connecting with James White in the end zone to make it 13-10.
Malcom Brown, Danny Shelton and just about everyone else showed nothing.
Meanwhile, the lack of wide receivers on offense was never more apparent than it was tonight. The group had a combined three catches for 27 yards. New England tried its hardest to shove Sony Michel down Detroit's throat, but it didn't work. Michel was stuffed on two 3-and-1 hand offs and dropped two passes that both would have resulted in first downs.
Rob Gronkowski only had three catches for 43 yards. Brady was 14/26 for 133 yards, one touchdown and one interception while seeing Rex Burkhead and Phillip Dorsett go down with injuries.
On the Detroit side, basically everyone shined. LeGarrette Blount and Kerryon Johnson combined for 149 yards on the ground. Matthew Stafford carved the Patriots up for 262 yards and two touchdowns.
The Patriots, now 1-2, will return home to Gillette Stadium to face the surprising 3-0 Miami Dolphins next Sunday.