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John Grieshop

Game: Cincinnati Bengals (3-0) at New England Patriots (2-2)
Time: 8:30 p.m. (ET)
Location: Gillette Stadium
Series Leader: Patriots: 14-9
Streak: Patriots have won four of the past five
Coaches vs. Opponent: Lewis: 1-4. Belichick: 13-4. 
Broadcast: NBC (8:30 PM ET): Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya (Field reporter). Westwood One: Kevin Kugler, James Lofton, Anthony Becht (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 84 (WW1), 93 (Cin.), 92 (NE). XM: 227 (WW1), 225 (Cin.), 226 (NE).  
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Weather: Clear and 54 degrees [Weather Underground]
Uniform: White shirts and white pants
Odds: The Bengals are 1.5 point favorites [SB Nation]

CINCINNATI BENGALS

  • In his past 11 regular season home games, Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton is 11-0 with 2,563 yards passing, 22 touchdowns and a passer rating of 97.7.
  • The Bengals are 22-2 (.909) when Dalton generates a passer rating of 90 or better.
  • Dalton is 33-18 (.647), which is the highest winning percentage of any quarterback in franchise history with a minimum of 20 starts.
  • In his past six games at home, running back Giovani Bernard is averaging 99.5 yards from scrimmage per game with three touchdowns.
  • Rookie running back Jeremy Hill is looking to score a touchdown in his third straight game.
  • Since entering the NFL in 2011, wide receiver A.J. Green has 4,066 yards receiving, the most in the AFC.
  • Green has scored four touchdowns in his last five games at home.
  • Last week, wide receiver Mohamed Sanu threw his second career touchdown pass.
  • Sanu has completed all four pass attempts for 166 yards passing and two touchdowns.
  • Sanu is the only player in NFL history with at least two touchdown passes, 150 yards passing and zero incomplete passes for his career.
  • Since 2012, Geno Atkins leads all defensive tackles in the NFL with 18.5 quarterback sacks.
  • Defensive end Carlos Dunlap is looking to post a quarterback sack in his fourth consecutive game.

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

  • Quarterback Tom Brady has won four of five against the Bengals, passing for 1,134 yards, 10 touchdowns and a quarterback rating of 99.1.
  • Brady (49,940) needs 60 yards passing to become the sixth quarterback in NFL history with 50,000 yards in his career.
  • Since 2012, running back Steven Ridley ranks first in the AFC with 20 rushing touchdowns.
  • Ridley is averaging 4.4 yards/attempt in his career, which is the highest average in club history (minimum 500 attempts).
  • Wide receiver Julian Edelman is looking to record four-plus receptions in his 11th consecutive game.
  • In his past four home games, Edelman has 34 receptions for 343 yards receiving and three touchdowns.
  • During his NFL debut on Sept. 12, 2010, tight end Rob Gronkowski recorded his first career touchdown reception.
  • Gronkowski has a touchdown reception in seven of his past nine games, including a 13-yard reception last week.
  • The Patriots defense is tied for first in the AFC with six interceptions.
  • Defensive tackle Chris Jones posted 1.5 quarterback sacks in his last meeting.
  • Linebacker Jerod Mayo leads the team with 40 tackles, including a game-high 10 last week.

TEAM RANKINGS

OFFENSE BENGALS PATRIOTS
Total 384.0 (7th) 298.5 (29th)
Scoring 26.7 (6th) 20.0 (24th)
Third Downs 35% (29th) 36% (27th)
Rushing 121.7 (15th) 97.5 (23rd)
Rushing TDs 5 (t-2nd) 2 (t-19th)
20-Yard Runs 0 (t-29th) 0 (t-29th)
Passing 262.3 (11th) 201.0 (30th)
Passing TDs 3 (t-29th) 5 (t-20th)
Sacks Allowed 0 (1st) 10 (t-24th)
20-yard Passes 11 (19th) 8 (t-26th)
DEFENSE BENGALS PATRIOTS
Total 352.7 (14th) 315.2 (4th)
Scoring 11.0 (1st) 22.5 (14th)
3rd Downs Allowed 32% (2nd) 47 (t-20th)
Rushing 113.3 (17th) 129.8 (23rd)
Rushing TDs 2 (t-8th) 2 (t-8th)
Passing 239.3 (15th) 185.5 (1st)
Passing TDs 2 (1st) 6 (t-12th)
Sacks 7 (t-18th) 9 (t-9th)
QB Rating 56.9 (1st) 75.1 (3rd)
Interceptions 6 (t-2nd) 6 (t-2nd)
SPECIAL TEAMS BENGALS PATRIOTS
Kickoff Return 23.5 (t-17th) 24.7 (13th)
Punt Return 18.8 (2nd) 10.9 (8th)
Punting (Net) 42.4 (9th) 40.5 (15th)
Punts Inside the 20 8 (t-6th) 10 (t-1st)

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