FOXBORO — The Patriots’ season is starting to slip from their grasp.
They’ve lost four straight at home, with several tough road games ahead. Most of their remaining home kickoffs are against projected AFC contenders. Two Super Bowl contenders from the NFC have now come to Gillette Stadium and left with close wins.
After dropping a 35-29 decision to Dallas on Sunday, Bill Belichick opened his press conference by crediting the Cowboys for making more plays than the Patriots.
“I know we just came up a little bit short,” Belichick said. “Thought that we went toe to toe with them for 60 minutes and we just couldn’t – they just made a few more plays than we did, so give them credit for that. We’ll move on.”
Asked if fatigue affected his defense — which took 82 snaps and allowed game-tying and game-winning drives — Belichick said he didn’t know.
So what was his message to the team?
“Yeah, like we do – every week is the same. Play the game, correct the mistakes, turn the page and move on,” Belichick said.
He repeatedly referenced how Dak Prescott extended plays to make throws downfield. Prescott finished 36-of-51 for 445 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. His last pass, a 35-yard touchdown to CeeDee Lamb, was thrown after the Patriots had covered his initial reads but failed to affect him enough in the pocket.
On the team’s pass rush, Belichick said: “There’s always room for improvement. Again, the quarterback was a hard guy to get. In the end, they have a good passing game, and they were probably a little better than we were today.”