Our Cincinnati Bengals have a huge task in front of them tonight as they take on the New England Patriots at Paul Brown Stadium here in Cincinnati. I don’t think there is anyone (or maybe very few) in the national media that will be picking the Bengals tonight considering the way the Pats have been crushing everyone in their path.
Last year, the Patriots and Bengals played on the same day (Oct. 1) at the same venue (Paul Brown Stadium) and New England came away with a 38- 13 victory. New England has won five of the last six regular season meetings between the clubs dating back to 1993. The Patriots will play at Paul Brown Stadium for the third time in regular-season play, with their first trip there coming in the 2001 regular-season opener, a 23-17 Cincinnati victory.
Even so, here are our keys to the game tonight!
- Special Teams – Yet again, special teams is a problem. The Bengals are one of the worst teams when it comes to return yardage allowed and if they continue that trend, this one could get real ugly.
- Kenny Watson – Career backup Kenny Watson is forced into the limelight tonight not only as a starter, but on the national stage vs the 3-0 Pats. If Watson can be effective on the ground and pass protect well, it will go a long way towards the Bengals being competitive in this contest.
- Randy Moss vs. Bengals Secondary – On paper, this reads like a blowout. The Pats have not only scored in bunches through the air already but are always a threat to do so with Randy Moss. If the Bengals can somehow contain Moss, they could stay in this.
I’d love to pick our boys in this one, but I just can’t
Pats 31 Bengals 21