When you hear about a team breaking multiple records due to their performance in a game, usually, the reaction is that they did something remarkable. It's not often you consider that the opposite can be record-breaking, too, which is exactly what the Patriots did in their blowout loss to the Chargers on Sunday.
It's just the icing on the cake of one of their more embarrassing losses in recent memory, making it all the more memorable of a performance in a disappointing season.
#1. The Patriots have been shut out twice at home this season for the first time in franchise history
It's not exactly a record you want to break, but that's, unfortunately, the type of season they are having this year. It's felt like a long time coming since, over the last few years, home-field advantage has not felt like a real thing for New England, who have actually lost more home games in the last three years than won.
#2. The Patriots did not score any first-half points in back-to-back games for the first time since 1993
Interestingly, the 1993 season was Drew Bledsoe's rookie year. So, even a fan-favorite quarterback took time to develop into a pretty decent quarterback. Who would've thought?
This season, however, had third-year player Mac Jones starting, who struggled throughout to move the chains, and second-year Bailey Zappe, who was also unsuccessful in doing much of anything positive for the offense on Sunday.
Perhaps this is the sign Bill Belichick and Co. needed to prove that Jones may be a problem, but the offense as a whole is an utter mess, making it not matter who the quarterback is.
#3. The Patriots have now lost five games in a row for the first time since 1995
Most Patriots fans over the age of 30 are having a much easier time handling how the current season is progressing since most of the years before Tom Brady arrived were not exactly fun to watch.
That's why the fact they broke a record that has remained in place for 28 years makes sense, as the 90s were not the most pleasant time to be a fan of New England, even if they did have Drew Bledsoe and eventually Robert Kraft buying the team which ultimately turned the team around.
It becomes just the latest example of how far the mighty have fallen over the last three seasons.
#4. The Patriots are the first team since 1938 to allow just 10 points or less in three straight games and lose them all
Imagine breaking a record that has been held by a team named the Chicago Cardinals for over 85 years because of a worse-than-lackluster performance in Week 13 of the 2023 season.
Does that not sound crazy or what?
This is probably the most devastating of all because it shows how well the defense has been performing, and the offense is ruining any chance they could have to get a win. Although players are claiming not to be frustrated over this, it's difficult to imagine a defense holding teams to an average of 9 points a game not having any sort of animosity toward the other side of the team for not doing their job, especially when they're doing theirs and more.
Let's hope this will be the last time they break any records of this kind this season because we don't need any more reasons to completely forget this year altogether.