You didn’t really think that the New England Patriots would lose to the Tampa Bay Bucs on Thursday Night Football sending their record to a sub-.500 2-3, did you?
With their 19-14 win over the Bucs last night, New England upped their record to 3-2. If they would have lost to Tampa Bay, it would have been the first year since 2001 that the Pats would have been under .500 after five games.
New England started 2-3 in 2001, but won nine of their last 11 on their way to winning the Super Bowl that season. The previous season, 2000, Bill Belichick’s first as head coach of the Patriots, the team was 1-4 after five games, the worst five-game start in Belichick’s career at New England.