The Bengals flopped in a trip to Texas to face the Cowboys. Ezekiel Elliott ran wild behind his dominant offensive line as Dallas took a 28-0 lead. This week the Bengals face perhaps an even tougher foe. Tom Brady returned from suspension looking to be in midseason form. He tossed three touchdown passes as the Patriots easily handled the Cleveland Browns. Here’s everything you need to know leading up to Sunday’s contest at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, where once again, the Bengals will look to get back to .500.
Date/Time: Sunday, October 16, 2016 1:00 p.m. ET
Location: Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts
Series Leader: Patriots, 15-9
Streak: The Patriots have won 8 of the last 10 dating back to 1993. The Bengals have never won at Gillette Stadium. Additionally, in the regular season, Brady is 48-1 at home against AFC teams since 2007. His only loss was against the Bills, and Brady only played half of the game.
Coaches vs Opponent: Marvin Lewis (1-5), Bill Belichick (14-4)
TV Broadcast: CBS (1:00 PM ET): Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts, Evan Washburn (Field reporter)
Radio Broadcast: Coverage on the Bengals Radio Network, led by a “triple-cast” on Cincinnati flagship stations WLW-AM (700), WCKY-AM (1530) and WEBN-FM (102.7). Broadcasters are Dan Hoard (play-by-play) and Dave Lapham (analyst). SIRIUS: 112 (Cin), 82 (NE). XM: 385 (Cin), 82 (NE).
Weather: 56 degrees and clear [Weather Underground]
Odds: New England, -8 (Odds Shark)
Referee: Ronald Torbert. Per Jay Morrison, the Bengals are 3-0 in games with Torbert as the head ref, while the Patriots are 1-0 in games with Torbert as the head ref.
Uniform: White Jerseys, Black Pants. Since 2004, the Bengals are 24-24-0, exactly .500 when wearing that combination.
- Andy Dalton leads the AFC with 1,503 passing yards. He passed for two touchdowns and had a quarterback rating of 117.4 in his last start against New England.
- Since 2014, Jeremy Hill has the most rushing touchdowns in the NFL with 23.
- Giovani Bernard had 96 scrimmage yards (50 rushing and 46 receiving) last week.
- A.J. Green leads the AFC with 518 yards receiving and is second in the AFC with 36 catches.
- Brandon LaFell had two touchdown catches last week. It was his fourth career game with two or more touchdowns.
- Geno Atkins leads all NFL defensive tackles with 42.5 sacks since 2011.
- Will Clarke has had a sack in 3 of his last 4 games.
New England Patriots
- As a team the Patriots have won 27 of their last 30 home games (including playoffs).
- Tom Brady has won five of his six career starts against Cincinnati and has 12 touchdowns and 3 interceptions in those 6 games.
- For his career Brady is 112-18 (.862) at home as a starter. He passed for 406 yards and 3 touchdowns (127.7 passer rating) last week.
- Rob Gronkowski has 15 touchdown receptions in his last 15 home games.
- Martellus Bennett had a career high 3 touchdown receptions last week against Cleveland.
- Chris Hogan had his first career 100 yard receiving game last week (114 yards).
Bengals' all-time history against the Patriots:
|1972||New England||W, 31-7|
|1984||New England||L, 14-20|
|1985||New England||L, 23-34|
|1986||New England||W, 31-7|
|1988||New England||L, 21-27|
|1993||New England||L, 2-7|
|2000||New England||L, 13-16|
|2004||New England||L, 28-35|
|2010||New England||L, 24-38|
|2014||New England||L, 17-43|