The Wild stat underscores the rarity of the Patriots’ disappointing loss to the Vikings

One who went? Stat captures the rarity of the Patriots’ loss to the Vikings, which originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

If we had told you that the New England Patriots would have 26 points for 409 total offensive yards without a turnover against the Minnesota Vikings, you probably would have guaranteed a win.

And you would have confirmed the numbers.

According to Opta Stats, teams that scored at least 25 points, gained at least 400 total yards, passed their opponent, completed at least 70 percent of their passes, had fewer than 60 penalty yards, did not concede turnovers, and did not miss a field goal were a perfect 170 -0 on Thursday evening.

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Make that 171-1 as the Patriots checked all of those boxes and still found a way to lose 33-26 at US Bank Stadium.

It’s a heartbreaking statistic for Patriots fans who watched their team squander what was arguably the best game of Mac Jones’ young career. The sophomore quarterback completed 28 of 39 passes for a career-high 382 yards with two touchdown passes and zero interceptions.

Five Patriots had at least 60 receiving yards as Jones crushed Minnesota’s zone defenses with several big plays.

So how the hell did New England lose this game?

The Patriots’ defensive and special teams were the primary culprits. After back-to-back games without a touchdown, New England had a much harder time slowing down Kirk Cousins ​​and superstar wide receiver Justin Jefferson, who went off the field for 139 yards and a touchdown on nine catches.

The Patriots also allowed Minnesota’s Kene Nwangwu to throw in a 93-yard kick return for a touchdown that shattered New England’s 7-point lead in the third quarter and Pierre Strong Jr.’s run-in-the-kicker -Penalty on a Vikings paved punt The path for Minnesota to take the lead on an Adam Thielen touchdown pass in the fourth quarter.

Bill Belichick’s team made several uncharacteristic and unforced errors in that game, committing six penalties for a total of 55 yards and poorly managing the clock late in the first half and late in the rule. One could argue that officials also made an impression, as Hunter Henry’s apparent touchdown catch was controversially overturned in the third quarter.

The Patriots have found a recipe for success in recent weeks with an elite defense and strong special team play that has helped overcome an anemic offense. On Thursday they completely reversed that script, wasting a rare offensive blast with poor defense, erratic play by special teams and costly mistakes at crucial points.


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