Posts Tagged ‘Cincinnati Bengals’

NFL Wild-Card Weekend: Scouting the Patriots’ Potential Divisional-Round Opponents

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

This wild-card weekend, the Cincinnati Bengals find themselves battling for a Week 5 rematch with New England. Two other teams, however, are in contention to do the same. (USA Today Sports Images)

NEPD Editor: Oliver Thomas

Head coach Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots will be playing a Cover-3 defense this wild-card weekend, as potential divisional-round opponents in the Indianapolis Colts, Kansas City Chiefs and Cincinnati Bengals fight to advance.

All three sit at 11-5. All three have their respective strengths. And while no team in the AFC is without weakness, all three carry the traits to exploit New England’s. The Patriots will be a favorite in all three of the games – feel free to find a place to bet at SportsBettingDime.com – as the Patriots are 7/2 to win the AFC. The Broncos are the favorite at 5/7.

There are few certainties in the wide-open AFC playoff picture; Kansas City and Indianapolis will play on Saturday, and Cincinnati and the San Diego Chargers will play on Sunday.

All the Patriots can do is prepare to host the highest remaining seed on Jan. 11 at 8:15 p.m. (more…)


Turning Point: How Giovani Bernard’s 28-Yard Run Scratched the Patriots in Week 5

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

Bengals running back Giovani Bernard broke Sunday’s game against New England wide open. (Photo: USA Today Sports Images)

NEPD Editor: Oliver Thomas

Football is a game of capitalizing on mistakes. And against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 5, the New England Patriots were caught on the wrong side of that ledger, falling short in a 13-6 rain-soaked struggle at Paul Brown Stadium.

Neither side played a particularly clean game Sunday afternoon. But ultimately, both parties had chances to win. It was about which team executed upon those chances to create a turning point.

Up just a field goal with one minute to play in the third quarter, the Bengals did so.

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New England Patriots at Cincinnati Bengals: Week Five Observations

Sunday, October 6th, 2013

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was sacked four times in this afternoon’s loss. (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Editor: Matthew Jones

The New England Patriots are no longer undefeated, falling to 4-1 on the season following a 13-6 loss against the Cincinnati Bengals in which Tom Brady’s streak of consecutive games with a touchdown also ended. New England’s passing game was off all day, with consistent pressure and effective coverage from the Bengals disrupting Brady’s mechanics and accuracy. Cincinnati also recorded a monster day on the ground despite some second-quarter sputtering. Read on for five observations from this week’s loss, an ugly effort from a Patriots team whose offense is currently keeping it out of serious contention.

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