ARLINGTON, Texas — The jury has returned.
The verdict is in.
The Patriots are guilty.
Of roster-building arrogance. Of quarterback malpractice. Of deluding a fanbase and themselves they were capable of launching a playoff campaign against the NFL’s hardest schedule.
Their sentencing came down Sunday with a calamitous 38-3 loss at Dallas, a game that will live on as a searing reminder, branded into the memory of their fanbase, that the Patriots are not to be trusted.
Because why would you trust them?
What have they done to deserve your confidence the last three years?
Who among them do you believe in?
Is it Bill Belichick, who just swallowed the worst loss of his head-coaching career?
The Cowboys jumped his defense for 10 points on their first two drives. His special teams got out-foxed on a fake extra point. Belichick is 26-29 since Tom Brady left, and has failed to instill any of the traits that defined the Brady-era teams — playing smart, sound and well under pressure — every season since Brady left.
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