New England Patriots: Four Takeaways From 16-9 Win Over Oakland Raiders

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Sep 21, 2014; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick on the side line during the fourth quarter against Oakland Raiders at Gillette Stadium. The New England Patriots won 16-9. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

This has been uttered a million times by New England Patriots fans across the country over the last 24 hours, but let’s all say it together one last time:

A win, is a win.

It doesn’t matter if the offense looked awful, or if it took a Vince Wilfork interception to win against the lowly Raiders, they came out with a win. Us Pats fans have been spoiled over the last 13 years, because we expect perfection week in, and week out. But in the NFL, it is hard to win games, and I think we should start appreciating each win as they come.

With that said, yesterday’s game was ugly. And the Pats have a long way to go if they want to get back to the AFC Championship game in January.

Here are my four biggest takeaways: