The Cincinnati Bengals have struggled for most of the season. A win over the the New England Patriots would put the Bengals back into the driver’s seat. However, beating the Patriots is a tall order — especially with Tom Brady starting in his second game. The only saving the grace the Bengals might have is that the Patriots are pretty banged up on offense and a decent pass rush could throw New England off their game a little bit.

We know what Brady can do even without a solid passing game. New England might have to rely on its rushing game more if its receivers are truly banged up. The defense will have to step up a lot and make sure A.J. Green and Andy Dalton don’t get hot.

How To Watch

  • What: Cincinnati Bengals (2-3) vs. New England Patriots (4-1)
  • When: Sunday, Oct. 16, 1 p.m. ET
  • Where: Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, M.A.
  • TV: CBS
  • Streaming: Verizon NFL Mobile app
  • Sunday Ticket: DirecTV
  • Online: NFL Game Pass (at midnight)
  • Odds: Patriots (-9), O/U (48)

Injury Report

Bengals
  • TE Tyler Eifert (back/ankle) — Out
Patriots
  • LB Jonathan Freeny (shoulder) — Out
  • TE Greg Scruggs (knee) — Out
  • WR Martellus Bennett (ankle) — Questionable
  • RB LeGarrette Blount (hip) — Questionable
  • RB Brandon Bolden (knee) — Questionable
  • OT Marcus Cannon (calf) — Questionable
  • LB Jamie Collins (hip) — Questionable
  • WR Julian Edelman (foot) — Questionable
  • QB Jimmy Garoppolo (shoulder) — Questionable
  • TE Rob Gronkowski (hamstring) — Questionable
  • LB Shea McClellin (concussion) — Questionable
  • WR Malcolm Mitchell (hamstring) — Questionable
  • OL Joe Thuney (shoulder) — Questionable
  • DL Vincent Valentine (back) — Questionable

Prediction

This is going to be one of the closer games in the afternoon. The Patriots and Bengals could both come up on top in this one and it wouldn’t surprise me at all. Patriots 27, Bengals 20.

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Posted by Ryan Gaydos

Founder and Editor-in-Chief of the LA Sports Pulse. When I'm not doing that or asleep, I am running FoxNews.com's homepage. Follow me on Twitter @RyanGaydos.

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