Bill Belichick Dec 1, 2022; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick rubs his head during the fourth quarter of a game against the Buffalo Bills at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

The New England Patriots came into Thursday’s game against the Buffalo Bills with a huge chance to make a statement in the AFC East. Instead, they came out extremely flat offensively and suffered an embarrassing 24-10 loss, which has been a troubling trend against Buffalo as of late.

This marks the Patriots’ third consecutive loss against Buffalo in the past two years, which is certainly a rarity considering the dominance that head coach Bill Belichick once had over the AFC East.

The Patriots have struggled mightily to win big games this year, and the wins they do have come against less-than-stellar competition.

Of the Patriots’ six wins on the season, only one of has been against a quarterback who is still the starter on his team. That win came in Week 5 against Jared Goff and the Detroit Lions.

NFL fans are certainly not impressed with a team that has only beaten Sam Ehlinger, Mitch Trubisky, Jacoby Brissett, and Zach Wilson.

With this loss, the Patriots now fall further back in what has turned out to be an extremely competitive AFC East division. New England, who is 6-6, is the only team in the division without a winning record.

Perhaps the only silver lining for New England is that they will have extra time to prepare for their Week 14 game next week on Monday Night Football.

They will look to right the ship in Week 15 against the Arizona Cardinals, a team that has certainly had plenty of struggles on its own this year.

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About Reice Shipley

Reice Shipley is a staff writer for Comeback Media that graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Sports Media. He previously worked at Barrett Sports Media and is a fan of all things Syracuse sports.