The New England Patriots Give Away Another Game—and Probably Their Season

Tom Brady left, other key players opted out and the Patriots sunk to 2-5 on Sunday in the starkest sign their reign has come to an end

On Sunday the Patriots sunk to 2-5 on the season after an excruciating 24-21 loss to the division-leading Buffalo Bills.

Photo: Adrian Kraus/Associated Press

This season for the New England Patriots has at times felt like a controlled experiment: Could the Patriots still play like the Patriots even if almost everything went wrong for them?

Tom Brady left for Tampa Bay. Eight of their players opted out of the pandemic season—more than any other team. New England’s two most important players, quarterback Cam Newton and cornerback Stephon Gilmore, contracted Covid-19.

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