When you really think about it, the Cincinnati Bengals and New England Patriots are opposing forces in the same twisting tornado. New England has won a playoff game (and Super Bowl) in the past ten years; the Bengals have been postseason participants in three of the past four years, but no wins since 1990.
Tom Brady is a future Hall of Fame quarterback. Most fans would rather not have Andy Dalton in their long-term future. The Patriots traded for Corey Dillon from Cincinnati. Cincinnati signed BenJarvus Green-Ellis as a free agent.
If you didn't know any better, you'd think it was Chad Johnson in a Patriots uniform wearing No. 85 (still). Nope. That's rookie wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins, who seems to mimic Johnson's mannerisms and routes with a roughly similar skill set early in the latter's career. Thompkins is a former receiver at the University of Cincinnati.
Heading into Sunday's game, the Cincinnati Bengals are favored, but not by much. Most have Cincinnati with a 1.5 advantage, but many are just giving this game a push. Cincinnati is 2-0 against the spread at home this year, 2-2 on the season, but 9-3-1 in the past 13 games.