Because the NFL is never not filming during games every week, the Patriots are the latest team to fall victim to an unfortunate hot mic moment that Bill Belichick likely won't be too pleased about.
One of the more under-the-radar stories from the Patriots Week 12 matchup with the Giants was the reunion in New York for Jabrill Peppers, who spent three seasons with the team from 2019 to 2021. After another excellent performance by the now pillar of New England's defense, he caught up with some of his former teammates before heading to the visitor's locker room.
NFL Films caught Peppers' interaction with Saquan Barkley, and that's when an unflattering comment was made to the running back.
As the two shared a hug, Peppers is heard saying, "You lucky we a**," seemingly letting Barkley know that because the offense can't get anything done this year, that's the only reason the Giants left the Meadowlands with a win.
The clip began circulating on social media, prompting a mixed response from fans and media alike in New England.
Many found the moment comical, citing the safety's candid words to reflect what most people believe to be true about the Patriots 2023 team. Others felt it wasn't appropriate, especially coming from one of the leaders of the team.
But is it really that bad to hear Peppers say something we've all been thinking anyway?
Sure, it's never fun to hear a player on your favorite team speak negatively about how they have been playing. However, thinking that the team is terrible this year is not limited to just the fans or reporters, and the defense, in particular, has every right to be frustrated at this point.
This was a game that broke multiple records, and not good ones. The Patriots are the first team in the Super Bowl era to allow just ten points in a game and lose. On top of that, the Giants were the first team to be sacked six or more times and have fewer than 20 rushing attempts yet still win a game, an unimaginable feat that is pretty pathetic to accomplish.
So, hearing Peppers express a bit of frustration within laughter with one of his friends isn't so bad when you hear those stats. Belichick may not be happy to see the clip, but can you really blame Peppers for saying it at this point?