Schedule Analysis, Week 5: New England Patriots at Cincinnati Bengals

Jim Rogash

We continue our schedule analysis with the Bengals' Week 5 game against the New England Patriots at home.

Week 5: New England Patriots at Cincinnati Bengals

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Date/Time: Oct. 6; 1 p.m. ET

Location: Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio

Bengals 2012 record: 10-6 (0-1 playoffs)

Patriots 2012 record: 12-4 (1-1 playoffs)

Offensive Rankings:

Passing:

Bengals: 17th
Patriots: 4th

Rushing:

Bengals: 18th
Patriots: 7th

Overall:

Bengals: 22nd
Patriots: 1st

Defensive Rankings:

Passing:

Bengals: 7th
Patriots: 29th

Rushing:

Bengals: 12th
Patriots: 9th

Overall:

Bengals: 6th
Patriots: 25th

Head-To-Head Record:

8-14 Patriots (6-6 in Cincinnati)

Offseason Additions:

Bengals: LB James Harrison, LB Aaron Maybin, TE Alex Smith, G Mike Pollak
Patriots: WR Danny Amendola, S Adrian Wilson, RB Leon Washington

Key Draft Picks:

Bengals: TE Tyler Eifert, RB Giovani Bernard, DE Margus Hunt, SS Shawn Williams
Patriots: OLB Jamie Collins, WR Aaron Dobson, CB Logan Ryan, S Duron Harmon

Overview:

The Patriots have set the tone for offensive production over the last several seasons. With Tom Brady behind center and with two of the most productive tight ends in the league, New England wins more often than not just by outscoring other teams. However, if they do have one Achilles' heel, it's their defense. While the Patriots can outscore most teams, they have been defeated because of their inability to stop other teams.

While the Bengals will have faced the Packers, Bears and Steelers at this point of the season, the Patriots will likely be the team's toughest challenge. The Bengals haven't defeated the Patriots since 2001 and while they may go into this game as underdogs, the Bengals' defense is good enough and their offense has the potential to defeat Brady and the Patriots' offense.

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