Cincinnati Bengals at New England Patriots 10/5/14 NFL Score, Recap, News and Notes
Final Score: Patriots 43, Bengals 17
October 5, 2014
The Week 5 edition of “Sunday Night Football” figured to be a good one. It featured the Bengals coming into Gillette Stadium to take on the host Patriots. Cincinnati was fresh off a bye in Week 4, while New England was the talk of the NFL world this past week after getting crushed by the Chiefs on national television.
Let’s take a closer look at some of the key players and statistics from this one so that we can figure out why things played out the way they did. Afterward we’ll take a look forward to Week 6 and see what’s in store for both teams.
What Happened: After a long week of hearing about all the Patriots’ problems, we can now strap in for a long week of hearing about how they’re back on top. New England played angry from the first scoring play early in the first quarter, a 1-yard Stevan Ridley run. Later on, they’d add to that lead with a 17-yard Tim Wright pass from Tom Brady to make it 14-0 after one.
In the second, the Bengals found the scoreboard on a 23-yard Mike Nugent field goal, but the Pats answered back with a pair of Stephen Gostkowski boots of his own. The result was a 20-3 halftime lead for New England.
Cincinnati got within 10 on a 37-yard Mohamed Sanu TD reception, but the Patriots answered back with a Rob Gronkowski reception TD and a Kyle Arrington fumble return TD for nine yards. The busy third quarter came to an end on a 17-yard A.J. Green TD from Andy Dalton.
In the fourth, it was all Patriots--or all Gostkowski, that is. He buried a trio of field goals from 23, 47 and 35 yards to bury the Bengals hopes, and the Patriots cruised to a convincing 43-17 victory.
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The Stars: We’ll give Gostkowski top honors here, as he nailed all five of his attempts and his four extra points for 19 points on the night. Brady needed a nice game, and he got one, going for 292 yards passing and a pair of touchdowns. Stevan Ridley added 113 yards on 27 attempts with the score, and Shane Vereen had 90 of his own on nine attempts. It was all part of 220 total yards rushing for New England. Gronk led the team in receiving with 100 yards and a score on six grabs.
The Goats: Overall, the Cincy D simply couldn’t stop the Pats offense, and the Bengals couldn’t put points on the board in response. That’s really all there was to it. New England held the edge 30-17 in first downs, 82-48 in total plays, 38:56 to 21:04 in time of possession and 512-328 in total yardage. Even the 12 penalties for 114 yards couldn’t slow the Pats down.
Injuries: Late in the game, Darelle Revis injured his hamstring. Afterward, he called the injury “minor” but we’ll have to wait and see how he looks in practice. He’s been dogged by injuries before, so this could be trouble if it turns into a nagging issue.
Outlook: Looking ahead to Week 6, the Patriots will hit the road and head up to Buffalo to take on the Bills. (Oct. 12; 1:00 PM ET on FOX.)
Meanwhile, the Bengals will stay at home as the Panthers come visit. (Oct. 12; 1:00 PM ET on FOX.)
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