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NEW ENGLAND (4 - 0) at CINCINNATI (2 - 2)
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Week 5 Sunday, 10/6/2013 1:00 PM
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NEW ENGLAND - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games4-0+4.32-21-322.214.2367.2(5.2)
Road Games2-0+2.31-11-126.513.5439.5(5.9)1.522.012.0371.5(5.7)1.5
Last 3 Games3-0+3.32-11-222.013.3346.0(5.4)0.312.05.3366.0(5.5)2.0
Turf Games3-0+31-20-319.715.7340.3(4.7)1.311.36.7309.0(4.9)2.3
NEW ENGLAND - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)
Opponents Defensive Avg.22.911.518.830:0626-95(3.6)22-3957.9%251(6.5)65-346(5.4)(15.1)
Offense Road Games26.513.523.534:1133-145(4.4)24-4159.0%294(7.1)74-439(5.9)(16.6)
Defense (All Games)14.27.518.528:0926-105(4.1)21-3954.8%241(6.1)65-346(5.3)(24.3)
Opponents Offensive Avg.18.510.718.830:5428-115(4)21-3657.4%232(6.4)65-347(5.4)(18.8)
Defense Road Games22.012.020.525:4924-97(4)26-4064.2%274(6.8)65-371(5.7)(16.9)
NEW ENGLAND - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against1.
Stats For (Road Games)
Stats Against (All Games) 15-535.6%1-00.0%0-12(24)1-6(6.2)7-61
Opponents Avg. Stats For1.20.82 15-536.1%1-013.6%1-26(21.7)14-2(7)8-73
Stats Against (Road Games) 13-537.0%1-00.0%1-24(24)0-3(6)8-65

CINCINNATI - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games2-2-0.32-12-220.210.2327.5(5.3)
Home Games2-0+2.32-01-127.012.0352.0(5.4)
Last 3 Games2-1+0.72-11-220.09.0323.3(5)
Turf Games2-0+2.32-01-127.012.0352.0(5.4)
CINCINNATI - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)
Opponents Defensive Avg.2612.619.131:3528-104(3.7)22-3562.9%249(7.1)63-353(5.6)(13.6)
Offense Home Games27.012.020.531:5129-104(3.6)22-3661.6%247(6.8)65-352(5.4)(13)
Defense (All Games)20.210.719.029:4426-99(3.8)23-3860.9%235(6.2)64-334(5.2)(16.5)
Opponents Offensive Avg.25.31420.629:2522-94(4.2)25-4062.6%272(6.8)63-366(5.9)(14.5)
Defense Home Games20.013.020.528:0823-113(4.9)23-4057.5%225(5.6)63-338(5.4)(16.9)
CINCINNATI - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against0.70.91.7214-639.9%1-159.0%3-60(23.4)16-2(8.8)6-57
Stats For (Home Games)
Stats Against (All Games) 14-538.6%1-033.3%2-41(23.7)1-11(9)4-56
Opponents Avg. Stats For1.20.92.2 13-535.2%1-155.4%3-70(22.9)20-2(11.4)5-47
Stats Against (Home Games) 12-328.0%1-00.0%2-37(18.7)1-18(18.5)3-42
Average power rating of opponents played: NEW ENGLAND 17,  CINCINNATI 22.8
NEW ENGLAND - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
9/8/2013@ BUFFALO23-21W-10L51U35-15829-52-273334-13618-27-1502
9/12/2013NY JETS13-10W-10.5L43.5U24-5419-39-178032-12915-35-1894
9/22/2013TAMPA BAY23-3W-7W44.5U33-15625-36-202122-9719-41-2261
9/29/2013@ ATLANTA30-23W3W49.5O31-13220-31-316015-5834-54-3991
10/6/2013@ CINCINNATI            
10/13/2013NEW ORLEANS            
10/20/2013@ NY JETS            

CINCINNATI - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
9/8/2013@ CHICAGO21-24L3T41O21-6326-33-277328-8121-33-2421
9/22/2013GREEN BAY34-30W3W48.5O24-8220-28-215430-18226-43-2174
9/29/2013@ CLEVELAND6-17L-3.5L43U20-6323-42-203230-8925-38-2470
10/6/2013NEW ENGLAND            
10/13/2013@ BUFFALO            
10/20/2013@ DETROIT            
10/27/2013NY JETS            
10/31/2013@ MIAMI            
NEW ENGLAND: New England is consistently middle-of-the-pack in run/pass ratio, and that should hold this year. Offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels' running game is a power scheme heavy on man blocking, and No. 1 back Stevan Ridley is a nice fit. However, Ridley's fumble-itis is an issue. Shane Vereen will get a lot of reps and is a better weapon in the passing game. The additions of Donald Jones and Michael Jenkins and re-signing of Julian Edelman, three solid blocking receivers, suggest they might test the perimeter more often. They also find work for a third back, either LeGarrette Blount or Brandon Bolden. The Patriots' passing game has become more and more spread. The tight ends, Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez, remain the focal points of the passing game when they're on the field, but both were doubtful for Week 1 when we went to press. Hernandez (legal trouble) is a moveable chess piece while Gronkowski (forearm injury) plays in-line and is often called upon to protect. Danny Amendola steps into the Wes Welker role and figures to lead the team in targets as long as he remains healthy. He'll likely slide outside when they play three wide. Rookie Aaron Dobson has a chance to see a lot of snaps on the outside. The Pats had more goal-to-go snaps than any NFL team last year, and skewed run-heavy with them. The Patriots finished T-9th in scoring defense in 2012, and led the NFL with 32 forced and 21 recovered fumbles, thanks to a stellar corps of linebackers anchored by LBs Jerod Mayo and Dont'a Hightower. A healthy DE Chandler Jones has Pro Bowl potential, and DT Vince Wilfork is still a monster. The secondary hasn't been good for a long time, but the addition of S Adrian Wilson and the healthy return of CB Aqib Talib will certainly help.
CINCINNATI: The Bengals have grown into offensive coordinator Jay Gruden's zone-blocking scheme nicely. Their offensive line, one of the NFL's best, should continue to improve this season. BenJarvus Green-Ellis should continue to take the majority of the work on first and second down. Rookie Giovani Bernard will be a change-of-pace and passing down back, although he could end up sharing that role with fellow rookie Rex Burkhead, who's considered to be more advanced in pass protection. Gruden runs a West Coast offense, but it's a passing game that attacks downfield much more aggressively than most WCOs. Andy Dalton is a shaky decision maker with accuracy that comes and goes, but his willingness to let A.J. Green make plays in traffic is what makes this offense go. Green does most of his work on the perimeter and deep. The second read is usually slot receiver Andrew Hawkins, and they run some designed plays to get TE Jermaine Gresham the ball. Their No. 2 receiver is rarely used, and Bernard figures to be the only back that does more than pass protect. The Bengals were balanced in the red zone last year, including a 50/50 run/pass split in goal-to-go situations. This underrated defense placed sixth in the NFL in total defense (320 YPG allowed) and ranked third in the league with 51 sacks, thanks to DT Geno Atkins (12.5 sacks) and DE Michael Johnson (11.5 sacks). In the second half of 2012, the Bengals allowed a paltry 12.8 PPG with 19 forced turnovers and three defensive touchdowns. New OLB James Harrison is familiar with AFC North opponents, and will help groom young LBs Vontaze Burfict and Rey Maualuga. The strong front seven allows the secondary to go after the football, collecting nearly as many INT (14) as TD passes allowed (16) last year.
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*Patriots-Bengals Preview* ==========================


Referring to an offense that failed to get into the end zone last week as "explosive" might sound strange, but New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick isn't about to underestimate the Cincinnati Bengals.

That's especially true with the anchor of his defensive line likely out for the rest of the season.

New England seeks its first 5-0 start in six years Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium while looking to keep Cincinnati's offense sputtering despite the absence of Vince Wilfork.

Wilfork, a five-time Pro Bowl selection, suffered a torn right Achilles tendon in last week's 30-23 win over Atlanta, leaving a defense allowing 346.0 yards per game without one of its top players.

Undrafted rookie Joe Vellano and Chris Jones, a sixth-round pick of Houston who was cut by the Texans and Tampa Bay, are expected to split time in Wilfork's place.

"You just don't replace Vince Wilfork," Belichick said. "We'll still have his presence around the team and in the locker room and those types of things, which he's great at. On the field we'll miss him, but whoever is out there, those other 11 guys that are out there, we're all going to have to pull a little bit harder."

If the Bengals' offense looks anything like it did last week in a 17-6 loss to Cleveland, the Patriots may not have much to worry about. Cincinnati committed two turnovers and totaled 266 yards, including 63 on the ground. BenJarvus Green-Ellis, who played four seasons with New England and had a 1,008-yard campaign in 2010, rushed only six times for 13 yards.

Andy Dalton had another rough day, going 23 of 42 for 206 yards and an interception, while A.J. Green caught seven passes for 51 yards and is averaging only 46.0 over the last three weeks.

Still, Belichick knows Cincinnati (2-2) - which has scored 54 points in two home games - has the potential to put points on the board.

"I feel like we're going up against a real explosive team this week," Belichick said. "They're a good football team that can really score from any place on the field with any of their units. I think those are the kind of things that we really have to do a good job on - taking care of the ball, being able to handle their explosive players and explosive plays and staying out of long-yardage and bad situations offensively."

While the Patriots, who have won three games by seven points or fewer, seek their best start since going unbeaten in the 2007 regular season, Tom Brady knows there's still plenty of question marks surrounding the team given its overall health.

"Like every team, we put a lot of work into a season and we're trying to make improvements every week," Brady said. "4-0 is obviously off to a good start. Hopefully we can continue that. We're trying to get better this week."

Bengals coach Marvin Lewis hopes his team can be much better.

"This is a team we've got to play very well against," Lewis said. "We need to play better football. We can draw things, and put words on paper and do all those things, but we need to go out and execute and play winning football. This is a good week and a good chance to go out and compete and win the battles and eventually, hopefully, win the war. I'm looking forward to it."

Though Lewis refused to put all the blame for the offense's inconsistency on Dalton, he made clear his young quarterback needs to play better. Cincinnati ranks 22nd in total offense (327.5 yards per game) with six turnovers over the last two weeks, including two interceptions and a pair of fumbles from Dalton.

"I think we haven't played to our potential yet," Dalton said. "We've done some good things and we've done some things that have hurt us. The biggest thing is, we've got to keep getting better. I expect that, especially this week."

Belichick believes Dalton will present a tough challenge.

"I think he's a good, solid player for them at that position with very good skill players around him and an experienced offensive line," Belichick said. "Like I said, it's an explosive offense."

The Patriots have won seven of the last eight meetings with the Bengals, including all four with Brady under center. He's completed 69.7 percent of his passes with 10 touchdowns in those matchups.

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Last Updated: 4/24/2018 11:46:43 AM EST

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