Belichick short of words after Patriots first loss

CINCINNATI — Patriots coach Bill Belichick didn’t mince words after his team lost to the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, 13-6, New England’s first loss of the season.

He gave credit to their defense, lamented his team’s offense in the red zone (0 for 1) and was reluctant to add much else.

“Not much to say today other than they did a better job today,” Belichick said. “We had our chances. In the end, the game came down to some red-area chances, and that was the point differential in the game today.

“We’ve got to go back to work and get better in all phases of the game. It was a hard-fought game, but they made more plays.”

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Belichick added that he didn’t think the team played well enough “anywhere.”

“Part of it is the running game and part of it is the passing game,” he said. “We’ve got to do a better job all the way around.”

The Patriots tallied 248 total offensive yards, but only 82 yards on the ground. LeGarrette Blount was the team’s leading rusher with 12 carries for 51 yards.