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Which Patriot are you most worried about?

The o-line will face two premiere pass rushers on Saturday.

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The Cincinnati Bengals head to Foxborough for a game against the New England Patriots on Saturday. This will be Joe Burrow’s first game against the franchise, and we all know Bill Belichick goes out of his way to confuse QBs that have never seen his defense before. So who should the Bengals be most worried about?

Matthew Judon

The seventh-year edge rusher is second in the NFL in sacks with 14.5, which is already a career high. He will be lined up against La’el Collins, who has been wildly inconsistent this year. This is not an ideal matchup. Thankfully, Frank Pollack’s o-line has gotten a lot better at passing pass rushers off in recent weeks.

Josh Uche

The third-year edge rusher is not far behind his partner in crime on the other side, with 10.5 sacks already this year. Needless to say, this has been a breakout year for the Michigan product.

While the Bengals have faced TJ Watt, Myles Garrett, and Micah Parsons so far, this may be the first time this season that they’ve faced two top-tier pass rushers in the same game. Jonah Williams and Collins will both have to have good games for the pass offense to play at a high level.

Marcus Jones

The rookie cornerback has been a slam dunk of a third round pick so far. Despite being just 5’8” and 175 pounds, he can hang with the best receivers in the game.

But he’s also a dynamic kick returner.

And he can even make an impact on offense.

A player like that is what you call an ‘x-factor’, as he’s capable of swinging momentum in New England’s favor with one big play.

Rhamondre Stevenson

At 6’0” and 230 pounds, the second-year running back out of Oklahoma is tough to bring down. It’s no surprise he’s averaging a hearty 5.0 yards a carry and on his way to his first 1,000 yard rushing season.

Should the Patriots defense shut down the Bengals’ offense for a few drives, Stevenson could start to wear down Cincinnati’s tremendous rush defense and help quarterback Mac Jones get comfortable.

Bill Belichick

The legendary head coach is coming off arguably the most embarrassing loss of his stellar career, a last-second botched lateral against the Las Vegas Raiders.

So he will be angry. Well, he always seems angry. Let’s say angrier than normal. And he’ll be looking to take it out on the hottest team in the league. Don’t be surprised if Belichick throws the kitchen sink at Burrow to make a point.

Okay, now you’re turn.


Which Patriot scares you the most?

This poll is closed

  • 53%
    Matthew Judon
    (342 votes)
  • 4%
    Josh Uche
    (30 votes)
  • 3%
    Marcus Jones
    (25 votes)
  • 5%
    Rhamondre Stevenson
    (34 votes)
  • 29%
    Bill Belichick
    (191 votes)
  • 2%
    Other (share in comments)
    (15 votes)
637 votes total Vote Now

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