Fresh off a 28-14 beatdown in Dallas, Cincinnati needs a rebound in the worst way to cleanse the bad taste of that loss. That defeat also dropped the Bengals to 2-3, and they’re now in danger of falling multiple games below .500 for the first time since the 2012 season.
That year saw a young and rebuilding Bengals team start 3-5 before going 7-1 to finish the year and squeak into the playoffs. They’re hoping a similar run is about to start this week when they face a Patriots squad getting a lot of picks to represent the AFC in this year’s Super Bowl.
If the Bengals are truly a title contender, a loss at New England may not be a bad thing based on the last time Cincinnati was in a Super Bowl. In 1988, a Super Bowl-bound Bengals team opened the season with a 6-0 start before losing 27-21 at New England in Game 7.
And while a loss here and subsequent 2-4 start would look bad, there’s still far too much season left to put too much stock into the outcome of this game. Still, a win in New England would be huge for the Bengals’ confidence and momentum for the rest of the year.
Here is everything you will need to watch and follow this big AFC matchup.
Cincinnati Bengals (2-3) at New England Patriots (4-1)
Date: Sunday, Oct 16th, 2016
Location: Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts
Kickoff: 1:00 PM EST
Announcers: Ian Eagle (play-by-play), Dan Fouts (analyst) and Evan Washburn (sideline reporter).
Local Radio: Bengals Radio Network, led by Cincinnati stations WLW-AM (700), WCKY-AM (1530) and WEBN-FM (102.7).
Broadcasters: Dan Hoard (play-by-play) and Dave Lapham (analyst).
Series and recent matchups: New England leads 15-9, including 9-2 as the home team. The Patriots won the last meeting, 43-17 at Gillette Stadium in 2014, and the Bengals won the meeting previous to that, 13-6 at Paul Brown Stadium in 2013.
Betting line: Patriots are the 8.5-point favorites, according to OddsShark.
SB Nation Affiliate: Pats Pulpit
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