Where to start? Do you want to go with the offensive inconsistency? The defensive struggles? Or special teams coming up short? The Patriots were lacking in all three phases Sunday against the Titans. Tom Brady (21-for-41, 254 yards) and the New England offense were 3-for-15 on third down, and they failed to reach the end zone on their last nine drives of the afternoon. The defense allowed five scoring drives of seven plays or more, Tennessee hit on 42 percent of its third-down chances, and finished with a season-high 34 points, almost doubling its per-game average coming into Sunday. (The Titans were 29th in the league in scoring before Sunday, averaging just 16.8 points per game.) Special teams breakdowns meant the Titans started three of its first six drives on the New England side of the field. In all, considering the opponent (a .500 team on a short week) it was the worst performance of the season over the first nine games for the Patriots, and the worst possible way for this team to head into the bye week.
"It was a bad day for all of us," lamented Brady after the game.