It's been a long time since the New England Patriots have struggled to score points as much as they are right now.
The Patriots couldn't complete a fourth-quarter comeback in Sunday's Week 14 game against the Kansas City Chiefs and lost 23-16. The defeat snapped the defending Super Bowl champions' 21-game win streak at Gillette Stadium.
Failing to score points wasn't just an issue for the Patriots versus the Chiefs. It's been a problem for several weeks now. In fact, as NFL Media's Mike Giardi points out, the Patriots are in a scoring slump unlike any we've seen since Bill Belichick took over as the team's head coach before the 2000 season.
The #Patriots have scored 22 or fewer points in 5 straight games, the longest such streak in the Belichick era (since 2000) & longest streak for the team since Weeks 10-17, 1999 (8 games under Pete Carroll).— Michael Giardi (@MikeGiardi) December 11, 2019
The Patriots scored 30 or more points in six of their first seven games. They opened the season with a 76-3 combined score through two games. Since an easy 30-0 win over the rival New York Jets in Week 7, the Patriots haven't hit 30-plus points once. They've actually been the third-lowest scoring team in the entire league since losing 37-20 on the road to the Baltimore Ravens in Week 9.
Did you know: Since the start of Week 9, the Patriots are 30th in points per game. 30th! pic.twitter.com/iPKofRZkzv— Ben Volin (@BenVolin) December 11, 2019
Luckily for the Patriots, their Week 15 opponent is one of the two teams that's scored fewer points than them since Week 9. The Cincinnati Bengals will host the Patriots on Sunday, and oddsmakers are expecting a convincing New England win over the team with the worst record in the league.
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