Tom Brady has the New England Patriots rolling all over again, even with a younger and different group on offense. The Patriots have to travel out to Cincinnati and will be looking to move to 5-0.
The Bengals have sputtered on offense, but the Patriots are aware of the potential from the group. They will be ready for A.J. Green ad Andy Dalton.
Where: Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, OH
When: October 6, 2013, 1:00 p.m. ET
Live Stream: NFL Sunday Ticket, Game Rewind
Patriots Player to Watch: Tom Brady
Tom Brady is doing it all over again without some of the familiar faces that helped the Patriots offense for so many years. Rob Gronkowski is still out with an injury. Aaron Hernandez is.. .you know. Wes Welker is doing his thing in Denver. He is throwing to receivers like Julian Edelman and Kenbrell Thompkins and is still moving that football up and down the field.
Bengals Player to Watch: A.J. Green
A.J. Green can’t throw the football to himself and he has been struggling with the rest of the offense struggling to move the football. Andy Dalton has struggled throwing the football around and it has shown in Green’s production. He is averaging 46 yards in the last 3 games and only had 51 receiving yards last week. If the Bengals want to win, they will need Green and Dalton to connect a bunch.
Matchup to Watch: Giovani Bernard vs Patriots Run Defense
The Bengals could look to take advantage of the absence of Patriots DT Vince Wilfork by running the football up the middle with their rookie RB Giovani Bernard. Wilfork is out for the season after tearing his Achilles tendon last week against Atlanta. Bernard has 147 yards on the season with a 4.6 yard average and a couple of touchdowns.
With the Bengals recent struggles putting points on the board, I can’t see them getting this right against the New England Patriots. The Patriots may be without Wilfork, but they have other players on the roster to keep the opposing scoring low. I think Dalton will struggle all over again and the Patriots will roll.
Patriots 27, Bengals 12