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Patriots defense was just as bad as offense against Chiefs

KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 29: Jamaal Charles #25 of the Kansas City Chiefs is tripped up by Logan Ryan #26 of the New England Patriots during the first quarter at Arrowhead Stadium on September 29, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images)

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Basic tackling was among the many issues that stood out on tape in New England’s loss to Kansas City.

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Patriots facing some tough questions

In Foxborough, keen questions were asked, non-answers were interrupted, and accountability was sought.

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) celebrates with wide receiver Mohamed Sanu (12) after Dalton scored on an 18-yard pass reception from Sanu in the first half of an NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans, Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/David Kohl)

No joke: Bengals will be tough test for Patriots

The Bengals are one of only two undefeated teams left in the NFL at 3-0.

Tom Brady on Patriots’ problems: ‘I hope they’re correctable’

Peppered with questions about the team’s poor play, Brady said the Patriots have to do a better job to “get ahead and stay ahead.”

New England Patriots wide receiver Aaron Dobson walks out to warm up before the start of an NFL football game between the Minnesota Vikings and the New England Patriots, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

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Argument may be behind Aaron Dobson’s benching

According to a league source, Dobson has had at least one loud disagreement with Josh McDaniels.

Bill Belichick: ‘We’re on to Cincinnati’

The Patriots coach did not want to entertain questions about Tom Brady and his roster’s talent level on Wednesday.

Brandon Browner, Brian Tyms rejoin Patriots

Browner and Tyms, their 4-game suspensions now over, were with the Patriots at Wednesday’s practice.

NFL NOTEBOOK

Notes: Ravens WR Steve Smith takes shot at Panthers GM

Smith, who spent 13 seasons in Carolina before being cut in March, also said the Panthers “stabbed him in the back.”

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?

Past Patriots games

Belichick era database

INTERACTIVE 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.

Past seasons

2013 season recap

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Track the high and low points of the Patriots’ 2013 season before their eventual loss to the Broncos in the AFC title game.

From the archives

Super Bowl XLVI

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Look back at complete coverage of the Patriots' loss loss to the Giants in Super Bowl XLVI.