With the Cincinnati Bengals taking on the New England Patriots Game on Sunday in Foxborough, here is all the information you need on how to watch.
Date: Sunday, October 16th
Location: Foxborough, MA
Venue: Gillette Stadium
TV Info: CBS
Live Stream: NFL Live Stream
Sunday marks the sixth game for each of these AFC foes. The Bengals are in need of a resurgence this year and a win over the Patriots could just do the trick. Of course, it won’t be easy against the Pats, as they’re flying high at 4-1 entering Week 6.
Despite quarterback Andy Dalton throwing for the third-most yards in the NFL thus far, the Bengals’ offense has struggled as a unit to score enough points to keep them in games.
The Bengals’ defense hasn’t been able to put together four quarters of quality football, something they’ll need to do against the Patriots. New England will take advantage of every sloppy mistake their opponents make, including missed tackles and mental errors. In order to preserve a victory, the Bengals must be crisp on defense.
Cincinnati must apply some sort of pressure on Brady without having to blitz him every down. The problem is that Brady gets the ball out so quickly it may not matter. If the Bengals win this one, they must control the time of possession and get Dalton in a heavy flow early on. They also must keep New England out of the end-zone, limiting them to field goals once they are inside the 20’s.
Since losing free safety Reggie Nelson in free agency, the Bengals’ secondary has taken a step back from last year. Middle linebackers Vontaze Burfict and Karlos Dansby (who was thought to be an upgrade) have struggled in coverage this year.
The Patriots have two elite tight ends in Martellus Bennett and Rob Gronkowski who will chew up the middle of the field against the Bengals. It won’t be easy to stop either one of them.
At home, the Patriots are 8.5 point favorites. That’s a pretty big line even considering the rough start it’s been for Cincinnati thus far. We will see how the Bengals rebound in Week 6 after losing in a blowout last week at Dallas.