FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Bill Belichick is a difficult man to satisfy.
Even when his Patriots win, the New England coach can always find something the team needs to work on in his pursuit of perfection for his football team.
So even though New England wound up subduing the Green Bay Packers, 31-27, Sunday night at Gillette Stadium for its sixth win in a row, the Patriots can expect an earful from their coach on Monday when they go over game film.
"We will have to play better than this or our season won't last long," Belichick said after the game.
New England was outgained, 394-276, lost the time of possession battle by a whopping 40:48 to 19:12, and had only 14 first downs as compared to the Packers’ 26. The Pats’ third-down efficiency was a mere 40 percent (to the Packers’ 58 percent) and New England was flagged for seven penalties, totaling 52 yards, with Green Bay penalized twice for 15 yards.
It was not a pretty performance, but it was a win, which Belichick accepted with a shrug.
“It certainly wasn’t one of our better games, and obviously I’ve got to do a lot better job preparing the team than what I did this week. We couldn’t handle a lot of the basic things that they did and that was disappointing,” said Belichick.
“I think you have to give the players a lot of credit today for playing 60 minutes, fighting through some adversity and coming out with a win at the end, making enough plays to win. It was a game of big plays and fortunately we were able to make a few more than they were,” he said.
The game didn’t get off to a great start for the Patriots, who were victimized by an onside kick on the game’s opening kickoff, and New England was lackluster throughout.
“It was good execution by them [on the onside kick] but it was terrible by us. We can’t give that up, I don’t care if it’s well executed or not,” said Belichick. “We’ve got to do a better job in all three phases of the game, there’s no doubt about that.”