The New England Patriots have been within the sniper scope of controversy this offseason. From losing free agents, rehabilitation stories, and legal entanglements, there isn't much coming out of Foxboro that's promoting a sense of optimism. Save for the fact that the Patriots have a Hall of Fame quarterback and head coach, New England could be looking at a rough year.
Former Patriots linebacker Willie McGinest agrees.
One of those teams that the Patriots play this year is the Cincinnati Bengals, who hasn't beaten the Patriots since 2001 and have lost seven of their past eight meetings against New England.
During a 32 Teams in 32 Days segment on the NFL Network, McGinest was asked about several games that the Patriots could lose to. One of those was against Cincinnati; a game that McGinest doesn't see the Patriots winning. After exploring a week four loss to the Atlanta Falcons, McGinest was asked about the Bengals and Patriots in week five.
"The Patriots usually don’t lose two games in a row; history says that. But I look at that pass rush and I look at going into Cincinnati, it’s a tough place to play. The pass rush for the Bengals is difficult for the Patriots to handle."
Cincinnati has a difficult schedule immediately out of the gate this year, opening in Chicago, then hosting Pittsburgh and Green Bay during the first three weeks. After swinging through Cleveland in week four (always a tough game), the Bengals host New England on Oct. 6.