Cincinnati Bengals vs. New England Patriots
Date and Time: Sunday, October 16, 2016, 1 p.m. ET
Location: Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, MA
Week 6 NFL Odds at BookMaker.eu: Patriots -8, 47
Bengals vs. Patriots TV Coverage: CBS
Last week’s tilt in Big D with the Cowboys was supposed to be a statement game for the visitors. Instead, it went the other way with Dallas dominant right from the opening kick-off. Marvin Lewis has slowly gotten back a number of key cogs from last year’s division winning squad. Unfortunately, the results have still been the same.
Even the dominant 22-7 shutdown win over the Dolphins was marred with questions. Andy Dalton only threw for one touchdown pass in that game, and the ground game combined for just 89 yards. Mike Nugent ended up being the MVP of the game in converting all five of his field goal attempts. It was even worse in Dallas with the offense failing to put a single point on the board through the first three quarters and only did so in garbage time. The Bengals possess the league’s No. 27 ranked offensive yard per point average, and when you pair that with what’s been a mediocre defense, you’re left with the Bengals current resume.
It was men versus boys in Brady’s return under center for the Patriots. Cleveland simply didn’t stand a chance. Seriously though how could it? Bill Belichick laughed at all of us through the first three weeks of the season winning games against supposed Super Bowl contenders with ease, and now he’s almost got his team 100 percent healthy for yet another Super Bowl run.
Cincinnati has been surprisingly one-dimensional thus far this season with both Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard unable to get the ground going. The Hoody always takes the opponent’s best option out of the equation, and forcing the other components of the offense to beat him. That means A.J. Green is going to have his hands full against the Patriots defense, and so far, only Brandon LaFell has proved to be capable of making hay in the passing offense. There’s no way his former team allows him to do much in this one.
Matchup to Watch
The Bengals have done a pretty solid job defending opposing tight ends to date. It’s limited the position to the tenth fewest points in the league. That said, none of the Jets, Steelers, Broncos, Dolphins or Cowboys have players at the position that can really hurt you.
That’s simply not the case with the Patriots who have not one, but two that can serve your lunch on any given snap. Rob Gronkowski just has his best game of the young season gouging the Browns for 109 yards on five receptions. Adding to Cleveland’s misery was Martellus Bennett whose six overall receptions saw three of them go for touchdowns. This dynamic duo will have Cincy’s defense on its heels all game long.
Bengals vs. Patriots Free Picks
It hasn’t been pretty for the Bengals when they’ve matched wits with the Pats of late. These franchises have locked horns five times dating back to 2006, and Cincinnati only came out on top in one of them. In their two trips to Gillette Stadium dating back to 2010, the Bengals lost by 38-24 and 43-17 final scores.
Cincinnati has been manhandled against every top team its run up against this season. Though it outgained Pittsburgh, the Steelers were never truly in danger of losing the game. Denver made a mockery of their pass defense in their own stadium, and then Dallas just made them to look like fools. That Week 1 23-22 win over the Jets looks worse and worse with every passing week. While New England could be looking forward to next week’s tilt with the Steelers at Heinz Field, I just can’t back the Bengals on the odds at BookMaker.eu until they show me they can excel against upper tiered opposition.
Bengals vs. Patriots ATS Pick: Patriots -8 at BookMaker.eu
Bengals vs. Patriots Score Prediction: Patriots 31 – Bengals 17