The New England Patriots are playing without their top two tight ends and wide receivers from last season's high-scoring team.
And, in a way, they're playing without the quarterback who threw them the ball.
Tom Brady is still taking the snaps. But his play hardly resembles the way he performed last year when the Patriots had the NFL's best offense.
The league's two-time MVP had his worst game in several seasons in Sunday's 13-6 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.
Brady's passer rating of 52.2 was his worst in 59 games and his completion rate of 47.4 was his lowest in 117 games.
He'll get a chance to improve Sunday against a tougher opponent when the New Orleans Saints visit Gillette Stadium.
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