“I think they clearly outplayed us and out-coached us today,” Belichick said.
The Patriots have now lost two games in a row and are just 1-2 this season.
“The Lions did everything a lot better than we did tonight, so give them credit,” Belichick said. “We just didn’t do anything well enough to give ourselves a chance to win. Similar situation to last week: Got behind early, played from behind, [and] just weren’t able to make it up. So, we’re going to have to work our way out of it. Obviously we have a lot of work to do.”
Belichick did note that it’s a long season and the Patriots can get better.
“I don’t think anyone can clinch a playoff spot today,” he said. “I don’t think anyone is eliminated today.”
The Patriots certainly aren’t eliminated, but they are two games behind the 3-0 Dolphins in the AFC East. That’s an unfamiliar situation in New England.