Chris Carter before Super Bowl 36: "What gives the Patriots a chance is Belichick."
The 1976 Patriots (at least in the top three Pats teams all time) lost the opener to the Colts, in Miami (like always), and at Detroit, to the Lions with Special Teams Assistant Coach Bill Belichick, assistant to Special Teams Coordinator Jerry Glanville. It was the debut for Tommy Hudspeth, who replaced Rick Forzano as head coach after going 1-3 in the first four games.
In spite of their poor overall record the Lions offense set a statistical record for Passer Rating Differential (40.9, 14th best 1960 to 2011). Such a high rating is usually reserved for playoff teams or Super Bowl winners: