New England Patriots: Five Takeaways From 41-14 Blowout Loss To The Chiefs

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Sep 29, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick on the sidelines against the Kansas City Chiefs in the second half at Arrowhead Stadium. Kansas City won 41-14. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

The New England Patriots lost in a big way last night in Kansas City, as the Chiefs took it to them from start to finish, ultimately winning by a score of 41-14.

Other than the 2009 loss in New Orleans, I can’t think of a worse Patriots loss in the Bill Belichick/Tom Brady era. The defense was in complete disarray, and the offense may have been even worse. As Patriots fans, we aren’t used to dismal performances like this, at least over the last 13 years. Seeing a loss like this is always surprising, and it makes you appreciate all of the winning seasons we have had under Brady and Belichick.

Things aren’t going to get any easier for the 2014 Patriots, as they turn around on a short week, and have to host the undefeated Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday night football.

It was a rough game, but we can’t walk away from it just yet. Here are my five biggest takeaways.