In 2023, the New England Patriots face a challenging season. They began their season with a 25-20 defeat to the Philadelphia Eagles after falling into a 16-0 hole early on. Their struggles continued in Week 2, as they found themselves down 17-3 against the Miami Dolphins. This marks the first time under head coach Bill Belichick that the Patriots have trailed by double digits in their first two games of the season since the 1992 Cleveland Browns.
Throughout Belichick’s 23 seasons with the team, the Patriots had never faced such deficits in their first two games. This is a testament to their dominance from 2001 to 2019 as one of the best teams in football. Even after the departure of Tom Brady in 2020, the Patriots managed to win at least one of their first two games in 2020, 2021, and 2022.
However, the outlook for the Patriots in 2023 is challenging. Following their Week 1 loss to the NFC champion Eagles, they suffered a 24-17 defeat to the Dolphins, putting them at a 0-2 record for the season. The last time the Patriots started a season with an 0-2 record was in 2001, and that season had a memorable ending for New England fans.