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Tedy Bruschi's Patriots chat recap
Every day after the New England Patriots play a game, Tedy Bruschi hosts a chat on ESPNBoston.com. Monday's chat kicked off at 11 a.m. ET, can be recapped here and included some of the following topics:1.

Patriots' 1st-quarter review: OL struggles
Picked-up pieces after reviewing the first quarter of the New England Patriots 16-9 victory over the Oakland Raiders:1. This was not a good game for the offensive line and the third-and-23 with 1:14 remaining is a good one to highlight as to why that was the case.

Belichick explains why he sat Dobson
Before each game, the New England Patriots -- like every NFL team -- set seven players as inactive. And the surprise inactive this week was wide receiver Aaron Dobson.

Patriots' groupings: Attempt to be balanced
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- A look at the positional groupings utilized on offense by the New England Patriots in their 16-9 victory against the Oakland Raiders (includes penalties but not final kneel-downs):3 WR/1 TE/1 RB -- 32 of 732 WR/2 TE/1 RB -- 30 of 732 WR/1 TE/1 FB/1 RB -- 6 of 732 WR/1 TE/2 RB -- 2 of 733 WR/1 FB/1 RB -- 1 of 733 WR/2 RB -- 1 of 733 TE/1 FB/1 RB -- 1 of 73ANALYSIS: In Week 1, the Patriots had been forced into more 3-WR personnel groupings, and then last week, they went heavy at the line of scrimmage in a full-fledged commitment to the running game.

Tedy Bruschi's Patriots chat at 11
Every day after the New England Patriots play a game, Tedy Bruschi hosts a Patriots chat. Today's chat is scheduled for 11 a.m. ET, and questions can be asked in advance.

Patriots' defensive snaps: Easley eases in
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- A look at snaps played by New England Patriots defenders in Sunday's 16-9 win over the Raiders (penalties included):DEFENSIVE TACKLEVince Wilfork -- 50 of 60Chris Jones -- 29 of 60Dominique Easley -- 16 of 60Joe Vellano -- 14 of 60Sealver Siliga -- 11 of 60Quick-hit thoughts: The Patriots are thin at this spot and vulnerable like 2013 in the event that Wilfork sustains an injury, especially after Siliga left the game in the first quarter (foot injury) after a play in which he was engaged in a one-on-one rush with right guard Austin Howard.

Patriots' offensive snaps: Wright's role
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- A look at snaps played by New England Patriots players on offense in Sunday's 16-9 win over the Oakland Raiders (includes penalties but not final kneel-downs):TIGHT ENDMichael Hoomanawanui -- 44 of 73Rob Gronkowski -- 42 of 73Cameron Fleming -- 12 of 73Tim Wright -- 5 of 73Quick-hit thoughts: Outside of Gronkowski, the Patriots aren't getting much out of this position from a pass-catching perspective and that is part of why the overall attack is so limited.

Strange but true: The '-skis' have it
There was quite an oddity in the Patriots-Raiders game, as pointed out by our friends at SportsCenter (via SBNation).Every point was scored by a player whose name ends in "-kowski.

Pats' offense has ground to make up
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Even in victory, the Patriots' offense has a lot of ground to make up.

Julian Edelman looms large for Patriots
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- You are a New England Patriots follower and you are mostly disappointed by what you saw in Sunday's 16-9 victory over the Oakland Raiders.

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