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Time to lower expectations for Patriots?

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

patriots 16, raiders 9

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.

// 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.

Charlie Baker prayed at a service in Grace Church of All Nations, while Martha Coakley met with voters at the Medford Community Day.

Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff (left), Dina Rudick/Globe Staff

Baker, Coakley hit campaign trail Sunday

The nominees for governor used where they were or what they did to underscore long-standing pledges of their bids.

Boston College President Rev. William Leahy (left) speaks with Philippines President Benigno Aquino III during an event in Robsham Theater on the school’s campus.

Philippines president visits Boston College

Benigno S. Aquino III made a nostalgic return to the Hub for the first time in 31 years.

A man carried an inflatable earth balloon along West 72nd Street.

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.

// Funeral for Winchester teen scheduled for Friday

The service for Patrick Gill, who was a Winchester High football captain, will be held at St. Mary’s Church in Winchester.


// 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.