The Bengals have had one of the hardest schedules in the NFL so far in this season with their losses to the Broncos, and on the road to the Steelers and Cowboys. The Bengals will face another tough opponent in the New England Patriots Sunday at 1 pm.
The Patriots are 4-1 and are coming off of a blowout win against the Browns 33-13 last week. The Patriots had just got Tom Brady back from his four game suspension last week and he had a typical Tom Brady game against the Browns; throwing for 406 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. Now that Brady has another week of practice it will be quite a test for the Bengals defense that has struggled at times.
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Last week the Bengals defense gave up 402 total yards to the Cowboys. The Cowboys were able to establish a ground game with rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott running for 134 yards and two touchdowns. The Bengals defense does rank 11th in the league in total yards allowed with an average of 338.6 yards per game. They haven’t been as good against the run ranking 19th giving up 114 yards per game.
The Patriots had a lot of success running the ball so far this year. They are fourth in the league in rushing with an average of 128 yards a game. Running back LeGarrette Blount getting the majority of the work with 398 rushing yards on the year. Now that Brady has returned you expect the Patriots offense to move the ball well, keep the defense guessing and scoring a lot of points.
The Bengals have not had a lot of success this year on offense. The team has been able to move the ball, ranking 10th in average yards and fifth in passing. However, the team ranks 30th overall in scoring a touchdown in the red zone at 40%. Tight end Tyler Eifert is listed as questionable on the injury report but it could be a big boost for the offense if he could make his season debut Sunday.
The Bengals go to Gillette Stadium as eight point underdogs. The Patriots have won six of the last seven meetings between the two teams. The Patriots will be looking to avenge an embarrassing shutout loss to the Buffalo Bills last time they played at home. The Bengals will need to play their best football of the season to get a win this Sunday.