Cincinnati Bengals vs. New England Patriots - 10/6/13
New England Patriots (4-0) at Cincinnati Bengals (2-2)
NFL Football: Sunday, October 6, 2013 at 1:00 pm (Paul Brown Stadium)
The Line: Cincinnati Bengals -1 -- Over/Under: 45 See the Latest Odds
The Patriots look to keep their perfect record intact when they travel to Paul Brown Stadium to face the Cincinnati Bengals.
If there was ever a testament to how much Tom Brady means to the New England Patriots and their success it has been the first quarter of this NFL season as somehow Brady has the Pats sitting at 4-0. It hasn’t been the prettiest and perhaps they should have lost two or three of those games but nonetheless the Pats are undefeated and head into Cincinnati looking to extend their winning streak to five games. Brady, along with a slew of misfit, rookie receivers and a depleted running game have victories over the Bills, Jets, Buccaneers, and Falcons and now with the possibility of having Rob Gronkowski and Danny Amendola coming back this week the Pats are starting to look like a dangerous team once again. However, this is far and away the best front seven the Pats have seen and while New England has a strong offensive line they will be in for a real treat against the Bengals who have to be furious after last week’s loss to the Browns. If the Pats are going to win they need to get Blount and Ridley going in the backfield so that Brady can take advantage of a depleted Bengals secondary, and if they can do so it could be a relatively easy outing for the Pats.
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The Bengals were pegged by many to be a difference maker this season and perhaps win the AFC North and while that is still very much a possibility they looked like anything but a playoff team last week in Cleveland. CInci has an explosive offense through the air and on the ground but their home run hitter in AJ Green has been very quiet over the past two weeks and with Aqib Talib likely matched up against Green this weekend it could be another tough outing for the former Georgia Bulldogs star. The Law Firm and Gio Bernard are beginning to assert themselves as a lethal ground tandem and with Vince Wilfork out for the season with a torn Achilles we could see a strong outing from the Bengals on the ground in this one. It is tough to figure out which Bengals team will show up here and as much as I want to see them succeed especially against New England I’m not sure it comes here. Brady is among the greatest of all time and if he catches a defense in ruins and gets some familiar faces back in the lineup I think it’ll be too much for Cinci to handle. I like New England here and that’s where I’m going in this one.