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Sep 30, 2014 8:58 PM

New England Patriots now in crisis mode

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Either the Cincinnati Bengals are extremely confident, or extremely concerned after watching the debacle that was the New England Patriots’ 41-14 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday night. The Bengals either see a lot of weaknesses with the Patriots that they can exploit when they come to Gillette Stadium on Sunday night, or they fear that the Patriots can’t possibly play that poorly again and that the Chiefs woke up a slumbering good football team. Are the Patriots facing a crisis in confidence? Do they have that feeling that no one is in their corner? “We’ve had it before, and it motivates us,” Patriots safety Devin McCourty said. Even Patriots coach Bill Belichick was talking tough. “We are where we are, and we’re going to be better,” he said during a post-game press conference that was longer than usual after a loss. “Our team’s going to play better than we did.’’ What happened to New England on Monday night at the hands of the Kansas City Chiefs was deplorable. Unthinkable. But also revealing. The Patriots were beaten up at the line of scrimmage. The Logan Mankins trade, made for long term gain, has seemingly left them with short term problems. The offensive line is a mess, as the team started two rookies on Monday and was left with the vision of left tackle Nate Solder getting taken to school by opposing linebackers once again and looking befuddled on the sideline. “We have to play our way through it and see what kind of team we have,” Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who had one of the worst games he’s ever had on national TV, a game that was the second worst loss of the Belichick era. “It was just a bad performance from everybody.


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