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Time to lower expectations for Patriots?

The Patriots’ offense is a mess, and it might not get much better.

Vince Wilfork’s interception sealed the win for the Patriots.

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Vince Wilfork’s interception with less than a minute left sealed the win for the Patriots.

Tom Brady spoke with Derek Carr after the game.

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Tom Brady spoke with Derek Carr after the game.

Rob Gronkowski dropped a pass as Charles Woodson defended in the fourth quarter.

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Rob Gronkowski dropped a pass as Charles Woodson defended in the fourth quarter.

Kenbrell Thompkins came down with a catch in the second half.

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Kenbrell Thompkins came down with a catch in the second half.

Tom Brady was pressured by LaMarr Woodley.

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Tom Brady was pressured by LaMarr Woodley.

Tom Brady reached for the ball after a low snap late in the second quarter.

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Tom Brady reached for the ball after a low snap late in the second quarter.

Rob Gronkowski scored a touchdown for the Patriots in the second quarter.

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Rob Gronkowski scored a touchdown for the Patriots in the second quarter.

Shane Vereen carried the ball in the first half.

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Shane Vereen carried the ball in the first half.

Tom Brady threw a pass in the second quarter.

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Tom Brady threw a pass in the second quarter.

Josh McDaniels, Bill Belichick, and Tom Brady talked on the sideline in the first half.

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Josh McDaniels, Bill Belichick, and Tom Brady talked on the sideline in the first half.

Stevan Ridley gained 45 yards on 12 carries in the first half.

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Stevan Ridley gained 45 yards on 12 carries in the first half.

Rob Ninkovich put pressure on Derek Carr in the first quarter.

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Rob Ninkovich put pressure on Derek Carr.

Tom Brady looked for a receiver on the Patriots’ first possession.

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Tom Brady looked for a receiver on the Patriots’ first possession.

Raiders quarterback Derek Carr scanned the field in the first quarter.

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Raiders quarterback Derek Carr scanned the field in the first quarter.

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Patriots hold on to defeat Raiders

Vince Wilfork’s late interception helped New England win their home opener at Gillette Stadium on Sunday.

Clayton Witham is called for holding — one of the many lobsters he and his family cooked in a Gillette Stadium parking lot. Jim Davis/Globe Staff

Fan Watch

Patriots fan’s tailgate has a catch — lobster

Clayton Witham starts the football season by preserving a New England summer staple.

Tommy Harper said he twice was stripped of jobs by the Red Sox for blowing the whistle on racial intolerance.

Tommy Harper still haunted by time with Red Sox

Harper endured years of racial discrimination as a player, coach, and front-office staffer under the team’s Yawkey-affiliated regime.

Moulton and Tisei seek to raise funds, profiles in D.C.

The candidates who pitched themselves as outsiders against US Rep. John Tierney are now seeking support from their political parties.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/08/20/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Advance/Images/Acadia1a.jpg In Maine, scientists see signs of climate change

Maine, the state with the highest percentage of forested land, is uniquely vulnerable to climate change, scientists say.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/09/19/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Advance/Images/wynn.jpg After casino victory, Steve Wynn takes grateful tone

The billionaire said he is happy to build in Everett, and eager to reboot a chilly relationship with Marty Walsh.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/09/18/BostonGlobe.com/Business/Images/21Bacon.jpg How did these streets get these names?!

For some buyers, street names can be a deal-breaker. For others, they’re just fodder for amusement.

Demonstrators made their way down Sixth Avenue in New York.

Thousands rally in New York, other cities over climate concerns

The marches in cities around the world come two days before a UN climate summit.

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//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/09/18/BostonGlobe.com/Business/Images/21downsize.jpg The big benefit of downsizing: There’s more family time

Pick up any parenting magazine and chances are you’ll find an article about the importance of play.