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Bedard: Another road flop has Patriots facing tough path to Super Bowl

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NASHVILLE — It's been said that the true measure of an NFL team is how they play on the road.

If that axiom is indeed true, then this Patriots team ... has a lot of work to do.

For the third time in five games away from the cozy confines of Gillette Stadium, the Patriots were thoroughly out-classed, out-coached, and out-played as they were soundly beaten 34-10 by the Titans on Sunday, who entered with a .500 record.

New England never got closer than seven points. It was the fourth-worst road loss for the Patriots under Bill Belichick. One came in 2000, and the other two came in the first month of the season — the 41-14 Monday Night Debacle at Kansas City in 2014, and the 31-0 "They Hate Their Coach" blowout at the hands of the Bills in the 2003 season opener.

But to lay an egg like this ... on Nov. 11? It's fair to say to see we've never seen anything like this before.

And when you put them together with the previous drubbings of 31-20 at Jacksonville in Week 2 and 26-10 at Detroit in Week 3 — teams that are now each 3-6 — you start to ask questions about this Patriots team.