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The 2014 Patriots won the Super Bowl, so why can’t this version?

The New England Patriots are 2-2, they’ve lost an embarrassing game against the Kansas City Chiefs, and there are problems on the roster that seem unfixable in the middle of the season. Many are wondering if this era of Patriots football might be over.

Sound familiar?

What the Patriots are going through right now is eerily similar to what happened in 2014. The Patriots were also 2-2 after four games then, with the Chiefs loss coming on Monday Night Football during Week 4 and the fan base spinning into a frenzy.

Things worked out pretty well that season. The team went on to win the Super Bowl, and it all started when the team went “on to Cincinnati” a week later. That is the situation that this current team is in now, and some players see it as motivating. According to Jim McBride of The Boston GlobeJames White sees plenty of similarities between that team and this one.

“Guys took it as a challenge. We came out the next week against the Bengals and guys were just flying around, making plays, and just trying to improve off the Kansas City game,’’ White said Monday afternoon. “That’s all it really is. That’s the approach we really take every week whether you’re coming off a loss or a win. You try to find things you can improve on and come out flying around that next week.”

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In that sense, these early losses could prove to be beneficial to the Patriots this season. It’d be easy for a team that has had as much success as New England to get complacent.

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The Patriots expected to be at a bit of a disadvantage.

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The New England Patriots are not going to blame their loss at the hands of the officials. They know they didn’t accomplish what they needed to in order to avoid letting one or two calls affect the outcome of the game. They also knew that head referee Jerome Boger was going to flag the Patriots whenever he could.

“From previous [games], that crew has called much more penalties on us than the other team,” Patriots QB Tom Brady said on WEEI. “We have to figure out how to play and tighten it up. If we don’t get the calls, we don’t get them. We still have to go out and play better than we played.”

And if you look at the past two games, that Boger has called with the Patriots, Brady’s not wrong. In 2014, Boger was the referee for the famous “We’re on to Cincinnati” game where he flagged the Patriots 12 times for 114 yards and the Bengals just 4 times for 37 yards. Boger also called the game between the Patriots and Rams in 2016 and called 8 penalties against the Patriots versus just 4 for Los Angeles. On Sunday, Boger flagged the Patriots 7 times and the Panthers only once.

So over the past three games with Boger, the Patriots have been penalized three-times more than their opponent (27 to 9). Boger is actually responsible for penalizing the home team at a rate far above the league average and calling multiple penalties more than average per game.

There were five big penalties against the Patriots that really shifted the course of the game and some were much more valid than others.

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BB: Well, obviously, we made the required moves yesterday to be in compliance with the league roster limits. I would say that this is one step in a process. I think we’re going to have more, like every team in the league is, have other transactions here whether it be today, tomorrow or in the near future that will be important in the development and composition of the team. I’d say at this point, really, it’s a little too early for me to comment on the composition of the team because it’s still really a work in progress. It’s one step, but certainly I don’t think we’re at the finish line. I can’t imagine that any other team in the league would feel that way either. I don’t think we’re any different from anybody else. In the meantime, we’re still plugging away here on Kansas City. I thought we had a good start yesterday, but it’s going to be important every day this week because of all of the things that Kansas City does and how difficult they are to prepare for that we continue to string good days together and be able to move forward in our preparation so we’re as ready as we can possibly be on Thursday night. There’s a lot going on outside of the preparations for Kansas City, but really our focus needs to be on that. That’s where it is other than Nick [Caserio] and some of the personnel people’s involvement in some of the transactions that we’ve made and I’m sure will make.

Q: How much interaction did you have with the newly acquired Phillip Dorsett coming out of college?

BB: We had gotten a good evaluation of him.

Q: What traits does he have that made you want to work with him?

BB: He’s a pretty talented player. He was a first-round draft pick. We’ll see. We’ll start working with him today and see how it goes.

Q: What do you think made him a first-round pick?

BB: He was productive. He’s fast. He caught the ball well, made big plays.

Q: Do you see him factoring in at punt return?

BB: I don’t know. We’ll see how it goes.

Q: What went into the decision to trade Jacoby Brissett?

BB: To acquire Dorsett.

Q: Was that a tough move given the toughness and some of the things that Jacoby showed you as a rookie?

BB: Well, if you want to get something you have to give up something. That’s what trades are.

Q: What traits does Cassius Marsh have? Did he have some positional versatility coming out of college? 

BB: Yeah, defensive end.

Q: Did he perform some tight end duties?

BB: That’s like [Mike] Vrabel-type tight end. He’s a defensive player. He’s a defensive end.

Q: What have you seen from him in terms of the last three years in Seattle?

BB: He’s played defensively. He’s played in the kicking game. We’ll see how it goes.

Q: You mentioned that Marquis Flowers played in a similar special teams system in Cincinnati. Could there be a similar transition for Cassius Marshand Johnson Bademosi here on special teams?

BB: Yeah, I think we’ll probably get a better gauge of that when we spend a little more time with them. I’d say we have a little more familiarity with Darrin [Simmons’] system [in Cincinnati]. We’ll just have to see. Between Joe [Judge] – we’ll just have to see how it goes. I’m not sure.

Q: Was there some urgency to make these acquisitions with players who play in the kicking game given some of the problems that Kansas City can present on special teams?

BB: No, I’d say this is more of a – at this point I think we’re trying to get our team ready for the season. I don’t think it’s geared towards acquiring a player for one game. I don’t look at it that way, no. We’re going to have 15 games after this so I don’t think we’re going to want to shuffle our roster each week, take guys off, put guys on just when we play a new opponent. That’s hard to do. I don’t see that.

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After being waived over the weekend by the Cincinnati Bengals, former Kentucky running back Stanley “Boom” Williams wasn’t on the NFL market for long.

The Denver Broncos picked up Williams, adding him to their preseason roster in time to perhaps make a run at a roster spot before the season’s first game.

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