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 wide receiver Brandon LaFell (19) is congratulated by running back Shane Vereen (34) after scoring a touchdown against the Kansas City Chiefs in the second half at Arrowhead Stadium. Kansas City won 41-14. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

3. Brandon LaFell, Matthew Slater Played Great

The only two positives I took away from yesterday (aside from ‘The Jimmy’ getting some game-action), was Brandon LaFell finally making some plays, and Matthew Slater balling out of his mind on special teams.

That’s it.

LaFell has been criticized for his lack of touches through three games, but he played very well last night, hauling in six catches for 119 yards and a touchdown. He is beginning to develop a nice chemistry with Brady which could pay huge dividends for the team down the road. New England needs at least one guy to step up behind Edelman and Gronkowski, and it looks like LaFell is starting to accept that role.

Hopefully LaFell and Slater continue their strong play throughout the season, because based on last night, the Pats are going to need it.