Patriots went down hard, and there’s a lot of piling on

Listening to the fallout from Monday’s loss made your ears bleed. It was a field day for Patriot haters.

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The Patriots made a lot of moves in the offseason, but were they the right moves?

Robert Kraft says Patriots loss among worst he’s seen

The Patriots owner also saw the bright side, noting the team is still in first place in the AFC East.


Bill Belichick says offense and defense didn’t help each other

Problems on both sides of the ball put the Patriots in a hole they were never able to climb out of Monday.


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The Patriots right now are all out of “In Belichick We Trust” platitudes to explain their gaping roster holes.

Evan Horowitz

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Tom Brady, at 37, is in the age range where other big-name quarterbacks have begun to decline. Can he reverse that trend?

If the Yankees don’t hang on to Brandon McCarthy, the Red Sox should go after him. Adam Hunger-USA TODAY

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Which free agents fit the Red Sox’ needs?

The Red Sox need at least two starting pitchers and, ideally, a third baseman and catcher who bat lefthanded.

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The Olympic swimmer was charged with driving under the influence and excessive speed in Maryland.

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Claude Julien, when asked when lines need to be solidified, said, “It’s getting close to it.”

Bob Ryan

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Read past columns from Ryan, who began writing for the Globe in 1968 and now contributes occasional columns.

Kevin Paul Dupont

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Read his recent “On Second Thought” columns and more features from the longtime Globe writer.

Belichick era database


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Look back on the Boston Globe’s coverage of every game the Patriots have played since Bill Belichick became the head coach in 2000.