The 35-point loss was the largest margin of defeat for Bill Belichick throughout his entire 29-year career as a head coach in the NFL.
Mac Jones struggled for the Patriots, throwing two interceptions, including a terrible pick-six, and coughing up a fumble that was also returned for a touchdown. Late into the game, Belichick opted to bench Jones in favor of backup Bailey Zappe.
The Patriots 35-point loss to the Cowboys is Belichick's largest loss EVER 😳— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) October 1, 2023
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The loss saw New England slip to 1-3 on the year, and the NFL world didn’t hold back with their criticism of Belichick after the blowout.
Cowboys D https://t.co/hxkEGPMM07— SEVEN (@TrevonDiggs) October 1, 2023
Wow. Cowboys retired Tom Brady and then turned around and handed Bill Belichick the worst loss of his career.— David Helman (@davidhelman_) October 1, 2023
The Patriots just lost 38-3 in Dallas. The worst loss in Bill Belichick’s 29 year head coaching career.— Boston Sports Gordo (@BOSSportsGordo) October 1, 2023
There will be plenty of discussion in New England about whether Belichick’s job is on the line.
It’s time for Pats fans to accept that the Pats are nothing without Brady— fq Arkansas (@fqArkansas) October 1, 2023
The #Patriots are 26-29 post-Brady. There's been lots of meh football, but today just felt different. This was humiliating. I try to not get too far ahead: But, this is the type of performance that has to get RKK thinking deeply about Belichick's future.— Nick Cattles (@NickCRadio) October 1, 2023
How much longer is Robert Kraft going to put up with this from the most overrated coach ever ... considering Brady MADE HIM yet so many consider Belichick the greatest coach ever.— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) October 1, 2023
Bill Belichick should be completely embarrassed— Matt Couture (@MattCouture5) October 1, 2023
I said in Week 1 I think this might be Bill Belichick's worst team ever. We'll see if that proves to be true, but today's 38-3 loss was the most lopsided loss of his coaching career.— Michael David Smith (@MichaelDavSmith) October 1, 2023
Bill Belichick has a career record of 80-90 without Tom Brady.— Andrew Fillipponi (@ThePoniExpress) October 1, 2023