In news that will make other teams giggle, the Patriots had communications problems at Gillette Stadium. According to Tom Curran of CSNNE.com, Patriots coordinators Josh McDaniels and Matt Patricia had to signal in plays by hand, when they were unable to use the coach-player communication system.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – A week ago in Dallas, members of the Cincinnati Bengals felt disjointed, puzzled. The offensive line had its issues in protection. A.J. Green was taken out of the game. The receivers and Andy Dalton couldn’t find a rhythm when he broke contain and tried to extend a play. The run game was bottled up.
Last week after losing at Dallas, Marvin Lewis told his players to look in the mirror and figure out what they need to do better. This week after losing at New England, they need only to look at the Patriots.
After holding Patriots quarterback Tom Brady on four of his first five third downs as Sunday’s game lurched into the middle of the third quarter and they held on to a 14-10 lead, the game suddenly changed for the Bengals. A holding penalty. A sack for a safety. No coverage on tight end Rob Gronkowski on 38 yards after holding him to 41 yards in the first half.
I think, you know, for my summation, it’s disappointing that we have a lot of things going right and doing things good, and correct and not finishing things. We continue to be our own Achilles heel, way too often. Whether it be a penalty that sets us back, or more importantly a penalty on defense, whatever it is, third down conversion. You know, it’s key to a football game. You know, we got to do a better job. We got to coach it out of us and we got to just keep grinding at it
It was Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s Homecoming but it was his Pro Bowl tight end Rob Gronkowski who went to town Sunday at Gillette Stadium and doused the Bengals’ bid for an upset with 162 career-high yards on seven catches in a 35-17 victory.
For three quarters or so, the Bengals earned an A for Effort, which is good in leagues with post-game juice boxes and orange slices at halftime. In the NFL, good teams are troubled teams when their players and coaches start talking about how hard they played. The Bengals aren’t doing that yet, so that’s something.
For a little more than a half, the Bengals resembled the team of five consecutive trips to the playoffs and left the disillusionment of the early season struggles behind them. Then, in an instant of penalties, a safety and Tom Brady homecoming magic, the same problems of the first five weeks returned to thwart any shot of an upset at Gillette Stadium in a 35-17 loss to the
A rough stretch to begin the starting career of Cedric Ogbuehi took a significant turn during the Bengals' 35-17 loss when he was pulled in favor of veteran Eric Winston in the third quarter. The move came following a holding penalty on Ogbuehi that eventually led to a safety on the next play. This was the sixth career start for the 2015 first-round pick, slotted to replace Andre Smith this season.
If there’s a positive for the Cincinnati Bengals, it’s that they don’t have to see Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski again for the rest of the season. They sure saw enough of him on Sunday.
AFC North Bytes
As if their third loss of the season wasn’t difficult enough pill for the Ravens to swallow, they may be losing of their best defensive players for awhile as well. Via the NFL Network’s Kimberly Jones, Jay Glazer for FOX Sports is reporting that Terrell Suggs sustained a torn left biceps during the 27-23 loss to the Giants on Sunday.
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger suffered a torn meniscus in his left knee during Sunday's 30-15 loss to the Miami Dolphins, according to Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, who added there is currently no timetable for his return.
Were the Browns wrong to try a two-point conversion before they absolutely had to in Sunday's 28-26 loss to the Titans? Most fans seem to think Hue Jackson messed up. We posted a poll on cleveland.com shortly after the game ended, and after an hour of voting, 61 percent of readers said the Browns should've waited.
Dak Prescott doesn’t look like a rookie. The Dallas Cowboys quarterback doesn’t play like a rookie, throw like a rookie or make decisions like a rookie. Nothing about him gives off the hint that what he’s doing—excelling immediately at the most complex position in football after being a fourth-round pick—is incredibly hard and downright daunting.
There are a number of surprises in the NFC six weeks into the 2016 season. The conference's lone unbeaten team lost both its starting quarterback and star tailback and keeps winning anyway. The defending conference champions, on the other hand, have already lost five times as many games as they did all of last season. At 1-5, the Carolina Panthers are toast.
Week 6 saw huge games from big names and unlikely players alike. Rob Gronkowski and Odell Beckham posted career-highs in yardage in huge wins. LeSean McCoy saw his revenge game against Chip Kelly materialize to perfection. Jay Ajayi of all people became the first running back this season to break 200 yards! Here's what we've learned from Week 6 so far
It has always felt like Week 6 in the NFL is about the time things get real; that mid-October checkpoint when teams begin to define themselves one way or another and set themselves on a course for either success or failure this season.
Who had the best performances Sunday in Week 6? Which players deserve a shoutout? Watch as Bleacher Report lead NFL analyst Chris Simms hands out some hardware in the video above.