New England Patriots at Cincinnati Bengals 10/6/13 NFL Score, Recap, News and Notes
Final Score: Cincinnati Bengals 13, New England Patriots 6
October 6, 2013
Coming into this one, the Cincinnati Bengals and New England Patriots seemed pretty evenly matched. The Bengals had at times shown some spark in the early weeks of the season, and were looking to put together a solid game on both sides of the ball in order to defend their home field against the incoming Patriots. On the other side, New England boasted an unbeaten record, but had escaped the vast majority of those games with narrow victories.
Let’s take a closer look at exactly what happened in this one by checking out the key players and statistics. We’ll also peek in on what’s next for each team as Week 6 approaches.
What Happened: If you were looking for a high-scoring, mile-a-minute affair, this wasn’t the game for you. There wasn’t a whole lot of offense to speak of, as neither team could really sustain drives for most of the game. The first half ended in a 3-3 tie and we didn’t get a touchdown until a one-yard BenJarvus Green-Ellis run about midway through the fourth quarter. That would prove to be the only time either team got into the end zone as the Bengals emerged victorious 13-6.
The win brings Cincinnati to 3-2 on the season; they needed a win to keep pace with the surprising Browns and defending champ Ravens in the AFC North. The Pats drop to 4-1 but still remain on top in the AFC East.
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The Stars: It was a defensive struggle for the entire afternoon, and the Bengals squad was as solid as ever. They managed four sacks, four fumbles (one recovered) and an interception while keeping New England QB Tom Brady off his game with just 198 passing yards.
The Bengals running game was also working: BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Giovani Bernard combined for 129 yards and a score on 32 carries, helping Cincinnati to win the possession battle (34:16 to 25:44), which is crucial in beating a Brady-led team.
Kicker Mike Nugent was also on point, nailing a pair of field goals from 50 and 39 yards.
The Goats: Speaking of Brady, coming into this game, he had a touchdown pass in 52 straight outings (which was second all-time behind Drew Brees) but that streak came to an end as chemistry issues once again befuddled the New England offense. It was the first time the Patriots had failed to score a touchdown since September 20, 2009.
We’ll also throw LeGarrette Blount’s name out there. He was poised for a big day, but finished with just 51 rush yards on 12 attempts and lost a fumble.
On the other side, we’ve got to pick on Andy Dalton. He tossed a big red-zone interception in the first half, which was pretty uncharacteristic of him. He also didn’t even hook up with a WR until late in the second quarter--hard to believe when he’s got some guy named A.J. Green on his team. (For the record, Green did finish with five grabs for 61 yards, however.)
Injuries: New England suffered one new injury during this one--a thigh issue with RB Leon Washington--but we all know the last thing they need is more ailing players. On the bright side, signs seem to point to the Gronk returning next week.
Cincinnati emerged pretty clean from this one; they were without Brandon Ghee, Leon Hall and Michael Johnson on defense, though.
Outlook: Looking ahead to Week 6, the Patriots have another tough game against the Saints on the horizon. This one’s at home, though. For the Bengals, they’ll be heading to Buffalo to take on the sputtering Bills, who are coming off a loss to the Browns last Thursday.
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