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How bad is the Patriots offense? These stats paint ugly picture entering Week 15

How bad is the Patriots offense? These stats paint ugly picture entering Week 15

It's been a long time since the New England Patriots have struggled to score points as much as they are right now.

The Patriots couldn't complete a fourth-quarter comeback in Sunday's Week 14 game against the Kansas City Chiefs and lost 23-16. The defeat snapped the defending Super Bowl champions' 21-game win streak at Gillette Stadium.

Failing to score points wasn't just an issue for the Patriots versus the Chiefs. It's been a problem for several weeks now. In fact, as NFL Media's Mike Giardi points out, the Patriots are in a scoring slump unlike any we've seen since Bill Belichick took over as the team's head coach before the 2000 season.

The Patriots scored 30 or more points in six of their first seven games. They opened the season with a 76-3 combined score through two games. Since an easy 30-0 win over the rival New York Jets in Week 7, the Patriots haven't hit 30-plus points once. They've actually been the third-lowest scoring team in the entire league since losing 37-20 on the road to the Baltimore Ravens in Week 9.

Luckily for the Patriots, their Week 15 opponent is one of the two teams that's scored fewer points than them since Week 9. The Cincinnati Bengals will host the Patriots on Sunday, and oddsmakers are expecting a convincing New England win over the team with the worst record in the league.

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Next Pats Podcast: Will Patriots go mobile at QB if Tom Brady leaves?

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Next Pats Podcast: Will Patriots go mobile at QB if Tom Brady leaves?

There's one big question that New England Patriots are facing this offseason. Who is going to be their starting quarterback in 2020?

For the past 20 seasons, the team hasn't really had questions at the position. It has always been Tom Brady's job. But with the 42-year-old set to hit free agency, the Patriots can't necessarily count on him returning unless they want to pay him what he's worth.

So, now the question for the Patriots becomes, what will life look like if Brady departs?

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On the latest episode of The Next Pats Podcast, which returns for its first episode of the 2020 offseason, Phil Perry is here to explore that question. And really what it all boils down to is what the Patriots are looking for in a potential successor.

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As Perry notes, it's likely to be one of two types of quarterback: The traditional pocket passer or a more mobile athlete in the mold of some of the recent success stories at the position.

Do the Patriots look for the next Brady? Uber-accurate, somebody who's going to sit in the pocket and absolutely dissect every little aspect of the defense that he is looking at. Or, do they go a different route? Do they go with an athlete? Do they get more mobile? Because talking to people this offseason, I'm getting a whiff -- I'm getting a scent that people believe the pocket passer might be dead.

Perry is joined by guests including Pro Football Focus' Steve Palazzolo, Greg Cosell of ESPN and NFL Films, and NFL Network's Kurt Warner to answer questions about Brady's future and what his game has looked like in recent seasons.

For more thoughts about the Patriots offseason, check out the latest episode of the Next Pats Podcast, available as part of the NBC Sports Boston Podcast Network.

David Ortiz says leaving Patriots wouldn't impact Tom Brady's legacy

David Ortiz says leaving Patriots wouldn't impact Tom Brady's legacy

Over the past 20 years, Tom Brady has established himself as one of the greatest and most beloved athletes in Boston sports history.

But if Brady leaves New England for a new team in free agency this offseason, would that leave a stain on his Patriots legacy? Fellow Boston sports legend David Ortiz doesn't believe so.

The former Red Sox slugger recently spoke with Rob Bradford of WEEI.com about Brady's impending free agency. According to Ortiz, leaving Foxboro behind ahead of his age-43 season won't take away from anything Brady has accomplished with the Pats in the past two decades.

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"His legacy has already been built. It’s always there," Ortiz told Bradford. "That’s not the problem. His problem is not going to be legacy. He could go and play somewhere else for the next 10 years when he returns to New England his legacy is going to be there.

"It’s a good thing to do but you also have to look at your options. I hope he stays with the Patriots, but it’s not up to what I say. It’s his decision. Sometimes an offer at home might be a couple of million less than what you could get on the road. It’s up to you whether you think it’s worth it."

Brady will officially become an unrestricted free agent if he and Patriots don't agree to a contract extension by March 18. Several teams are expected to be in the mix to sign the six-time Super Bowl champion, with the Tennessee Titans and Las Vegas Raiders as two of the most likely destinations.

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