PRIMER: New England Patriots (4-0) at Cincinnati Bengals (2-2)

Jim Rogash

All you can eat buffet between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Game: New England Patriots (4-0) at Cincinnati Bengals (2-2)
Time: 1:00 p.m. (ET)
Location: Paul Brown Stadium
Series Leader: Patriots, 14-8
Streak: Patriots have won seven of the past eight
Coaches vs. Opponent: Lewis: 0-4. Belichick: 13-3
Broadcast: CBS (1:00 PM ET): Greg Gumbel, Dan Dierdorf. SIRIUS: 158 (NE), 92 (Cin.). XM: 225 (Cin.).
SB Nation: Pats Pulpit
NFL.com: Game Center
Weather: 13 percent chance of rain, 70 degrees [Weather Underground]
Uniform: Black

CINCINNATI BENGALS

  • The Bengals have won five of their past six games at Paul Brown Stadium.
  • In his past six games at home, quarterback Andy Dalton has completed 112 of 181 passes (61.9 percent) for 1,208 yards passing with 12 touchdowns and two interceptions for a passer rating of 99.0.
  • The Bengals are 10-1 when Dalton has a passer rating of 100 or better.
  • Rookie running back Giovani Bernard has a rushing touchdown in two of his past three games.
  • Since 2011, wide receiver A.J. Green has 21 touchdown receptions; tied for second-most among all AFC wide receivers during that span (Eric Decker 22, Wes Welker 21).
  • Tight end Jermaine Gresham (187) needs 13 receptions to become the fifth tight end in franchise history with 200. In his last game against the Patriots, Gresham recorded a touchdown grab.
  • Linebacker Vontaze Burfict leads the team with 42 tackles in 2013.
  • Since 2012, defensive tackle Geno Atkins leads all NFL defensive tackles with 15 quarterback sacks.
  • Defensive end Carlos Dunlap has three sacks in his past three games, including 1.5 last week against the Browns.
  • In his last game against the New England Patriots, Terence Newman posted an interception (with the Dallas Cowboys).
  • Cornerback Leon Hall recorded an interception in his last game against the New England Patriots.
  • Adam Jones returned a punt 81 yards for a touchdown against the Patriots on Dec. 31, 2006 (with the Titans)

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

  • Dating back to 2012, the Patriots have won 13 of the past 14 regular season games and look to record their seventh straight win on the road.
  • Quarterback Tom Brady has a touchdown pass in 52 consecutive games, second-longest streak in NFL history (Drew Brees, 54).
  • In his career against the Bengals, Brady is 4-0 and has completed 83 of 119 passes (69.7 percent) for 937 yards passing, ten touchdowns and two interceptions for a passer rating of 114.
  • Brady only needs two touchdowns to surpass Hall of Fame quarterback Fran Tarkenton (342) for fourth-most in NFL history.
  • Running back LeGarrette Blount scored a 47-yard touchdown last week; his first with the Patriots and second-longest in his career.
  • Tight end Rob Gronkowski scored his first career touchdown against the Bengals on Sept. 12, 2010.
  • Wide receiver Julian Edelman posted a career-high 118 yards receiving against the Falcons and looks to post his seven receptions or more in five consecutive games.
  • In his past two games, wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins has nine receptions for 168 yard receiving and three touchdowns.
  • Rookie defensive tackle Joe Vellano registered his first quarterback sack last week.
  • Defensive end Chandler Jones has a sack in two of his past three games.
  • In his past three games, cornerback Aqib Talib has four interceptions and a forced fumble.

TEAM RANKINGS

Offense Bengals Patriots
Total 327.5 (22nd) 367.2 (11th)
Scoring 20.2 (22nd) 22.2 (20th)
Third Downs 42% (10th) 42% (9th)
Rushing 83.8 (22nd) 125.0 (11th)
Rushing TDs 4 (t-7th) 1 (t-24th)
20-Yard Runs 0 (t-30th) 6 (4th)
Passing 243.8 (15th) 242.2 (17th)
Passing TDs 5 (t-20th) 7 (t-9th)
Sacks Allowed 7 (t-5th) 7 (t-5th)
20-yard Passes 14 (t-14th) 12 (t-20th)
Defense Bengals Patriots
Total 334.0 (13th) 346.0 (16th)
Scoring 20.2 (10th) 14.2 (6th)
3rd Downs Allowed 39% (20th) 36% (11th)
Rushing 99.0 (t-11th) 105.0 (14th)
Rushing TDs 2 (t-10th) 1 (t-3rd)
Passing 235.0 (t-13th) 241.0 (17th)
Passing TDs 6 (t-12th) 4 (t-6th)
Sacks 9 (t-20th) 9 (t-20th)
QB Rating 82.8 (12th) 70.1 (7th)
Interceptions 4 (t-14th) 5 (t-10th)
Fumble Recoveries 3 (t-9th) 3 (t-9th)
Forced Fumbles 2 (t-26th) 5 (t-4th)
Special Teams Bengals Patriots
Kickoff Return 20.9 (24th) 21.0 (23rd)
Punt Return 6.9 (19th) 12.1 (5th)
Punting (Net) 41.1 (11th) 40.1 (16th)
Punts Inside the 20 7 (t-12th) 8 (t-8th)
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