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Brady keeps struggling with new cast of skill players as Patriots suffer first loss

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    New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady walks off the field after throwing an interception late in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013, in Cincinnati. Cincinnati won 13-6. (AP Photo/Tom Uhlman) (The Associated Press)

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    New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) is sacked by Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Wallace Gilberry (95) in the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Tom Uhlman) (The Associated Press)

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    New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) is sacked by Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Geno Atkins (97) in the first half of an NFL football game on Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/David Kohl) (The Associated Press)

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    Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam Jones (24) intercepts a pass intended for New England Patriots wide receiver Aaron Dobson (17) in the final seconds of an NFL football game on Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013, in Cincinnati. Bengals free safety Reggie Nelson, center, watches the play. Cincinnati won 13-6. (AP Photo/The Cincinnati Enquirer/Gary Landers) NO SALES (The Associated Press)

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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