Chad Ochocinco threatened to use one of the Minutemen’s muskets after scoring during the Patriots and Bengals opening day game. Unfortunately for him, the Patriots had run the muskets out of ammunition by the time Ochocinco found the end zone.
Tom Brady and a stingy defense led the Patriots to a 24-3 lead after the first half. After Brandon Tate ran the 2nd half kickoff back for a touchdown, his third long return of the game, the Bengals finally got their offense back on track in the 3rd quarter.
The Bengals totaled three touchdowns to the Patriots two in the 2nd half, but the early lead was enough for the home team to hang on for a 38-24 victory.
Seven different Patriots were the recipient of a Brady pass on Sunday, with Brady totaling 258 yards and 3 touchdowns. Wes Welker caught the first two, with rookie tight end Rob Gronkowski snagging the third on a beautiful 1-yard reception late in the third quarter.
The offensive line kept Tom Brady off the ground and opened up enough cracks to allow Fred Taylor and company to average over five yards a carry. Brady was not sacked and only was knocked down twice.
The Patriots defense was a changed unit from the sluggish 2009 unit. Pat Chung was all over the field, racking up 12 tackles while delivering big hits time after time.
Although Carson Palmer was able to 345 yards of passing, the young defensive backs did a decent job in coverage. Palmer threw the ball 50 times, including a pick-six by Gary Guyton and a sack that was shared by Tully Banta-Cain and Myron Pryor.
Mike Wright brought consistent pressure, although he was unable to finish off the Bengals QB.
Stephen Gostkowski boomed kickoffs, but was a little erratic in his place-kicking. He barely missed field goals of 47 and 56 yards, while connecting on a 32 yarder.
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The Patriots will play the New York Jets next Sunday in a sure to be hyped AFC East clash.
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