In The Red Zone: New England Patriots at Cincinnati Bengals Preview – Week 5

In The Patriots Red Zone

This Week

New England Patriots @ Cincinnati Bengals

The New England Patriots visit the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on Sunday at 1 p.m.

The Patriots The Bengals
Overall Record 4-0 Overall Record 2-2
Road Record 2-0 Home Record 2-0
AFC North 0-0 AFC East 0-0
AFC 2-0 AFC 1-1


Gene Steratore is the referee for the game

The Line/Prediction

As of Thursday the line on the game from Sports Betting via Yahoo Sports has the game as EVEN.  The over/under is 45. 

My Prediction is Patriots 30, Bengals, 20.  Take the Patriots and the over.  I am 1-3 against the spread and 1 of 4 on calling the over/under in 2013.


Tickets to the game, if available, can be purchased through Ticketmaster.  You can check the availability here.

Getting to the Game

If you’re lucky enough to be going to the game in Cincinnati make sure you check out the links.

Here is the up to date weather forecast from the Weather Channel for Cincinnati OH.

Click for all the game day information including stadium directions, parking information and map and a Paul Brown Stadium seating chart.


Here’s a bunch of different tailgating recipes from  There’s something there for everyone and every type of meal or snack.  I’ve tried some of the recipes and they’re very good. 

And with tailgating many people enjoy some adult beverages.  With that in mind check out Drink Nation for how to make all sorts of great drinks.  You can look things up by name, ingredient(s) or theme.

Whether it’s at the game, a bar or a friend’s house moderation is always the key to a great time.  Please don’t drink and drive and designate a sober driver.  Remember drive sober or get pulled over.



CBS in televising the game regionally and Greg Gumbel will do play by play while Dan Dierdorf will provide the game analysis.  You can look here for your local affiliate.

See if you’re getting the game courtesy of J.P. Kirby at

The DirecTV designation is Channel 708.

Here are all the rules on NFL TV broadcasts including explaining the blackout rules; flex scheduling and commercial breaks.


The Patriots Radio Network broadcasts the game from flagship station WBZ-FM, 98.5 the Sports Hub in Boston. Bob Socci handles the play-by-play and former Patriots QB Scott Zolak will do game analysis. It all starts with Gary Tanguay and Andy Gresh with the pregame show at 10 a.m. along the network. The post game starts after the final gun and continues for three hours along the network.

The Patriots Radio Network call is available on Sirius Channel 158 and SiriusXM Internet Channel 818.

The Bengals Radio Network has former PawSox announcer Dan Hoard calling play by play and Dave Lapham doing the color via their flagship stations WCKY-AM ESPN 1530 and WEBN-FM 102.7. 

Their call is available on Sirius Channel 92, XM Channel 225 and SiriusXM Internet Channel 806.

Patriots All Access

Patriots All-Access features behind the scenes looks, interviews and breakdowns with head coach Bill Belichick and in depth features on the team.  It’s hosted by Steve Burton of WBZ-TV (Boston) and airs weekly in most New England television markets.

  • Boston MA on TV 38 Friday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 9 a.m.
  • Providence RI on WNAC Friday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 9 a.m.
  • Manchester NH on WMUR Saturday at midnight
  • Portland ME on WMTW Saturday at 5 a.m.
  • Hartford CT on WCTX Saturday at 5 p.m.
  • Springfield MA on WFXQ Saturday at 7 p.m.
  • Bangor ME on WVII Sunday at 11 a.m.

You can also watch it anytime on the teams website in the media section.

Last Week

The Patriots won on the road against the Falcons, 30-23.  The Bengals lost on the road to the Browns, 17-6.


  • This is the 23rd meeting between the Patriots and the Bengals all since 1968.
  • New England leads the series 14-8.
  • Patriots have won the last 4 meetings and 7 of the last 8.
  • New England is 6-6 as the road team in the series.
  • This is the Patriots 4th game at the Paul Brown Stadium.
  • The Patriots won the last meeting between the teams in 2010 at Gillette Stadium 38-24.

Patriots Team Notes

New England PatriotsHere is the Patriots roster, depth chart and injury report for the game.

2013 Patriots Schedule/Results

The Patriots overall franchise record is 430-369-9.  They have won three Super Bowls (XXXVI, XXXVIII, XXXIX) in seven appearances.  Overall they are 24-17 in the post season.

They last appeared in the playoffs in 2012 when they beat Houston in the AFC Divisional Round 41-28 and lost to Baltimore 28-13 in the AFC Championship Game.

The Patriots were 12-4 (1-1 in playoffs) in 2012 and are the defending four-time AFC East Champions.  They have won the division 10 times and the conference 5 times since 2000.

Since 2003 the Patriots have the NFL’s best record at 130-34.  The Indianapolis Colts are second 15 games behind.

New England is 4-0 for the first time since 2007 and 7th time in team history.

Since October 2003 the Patriots are an NFL best 35-7 in October games including a road record of 15-6.

They have won 26 of their last 30 October games.

The team is 34-17 in consecutive road games under Belichick.  This marks the back end of back to back road games for the Patriots as they played at Atlanta last week.

Ten times they’ve swept those back to back road games.

The Patriots have forced a turnover in 31 consecutive games.

New England is 15-5 vs. the AFC North since the realignment of the divisions in 2002.

Since 1994 the Patriots are PLUS 151 in turnover differential best in the NFL by a wide margin.  Kansas City is 2nd at PLUS 81 and Green Bay is 3rd at PLUS 77.

Breaking that turnover differential number down tighter since 2003:

  • New England PLUS 125
  • Indianapolis PLUS 55
  • Atlanta PLUS 46
  • Baltimore PLUS 43
  • Green Bay PLUS 36
  • Cincinnati PLUS 34

Patriots are operating at 75% in the red zone offense (12 scores in 16 attempts); while their red zone defense is at 25% (3 stops in 12 attempts).

New England is PLUS 4 in turnover differential tied for 6th in the NFL.  They have 5 INT’s and have recovered 3 fumbles while they have thrown 2 INT’s and lost 2 fumbles.

The Patriots are 20th in points scored averaging 22.3 points per game and are 6th in fewest points allowed with 14.3 points per game.

Patriots led the NFL in 2012 in:

  • Points, 557
  • First downs, 444
  • Touchdowns, 67
  • Total yards, 6,846
  • Turnover differential, +25
  • Total offense, 427.9 yards per game
  • Points per game, 34.8

New England set the following team records in 2012:

  • First downs, 444 (NFL record).
  • Fewest fumbles, 7

This is the 20th season of Patriots ownership by the Kraft family.  Since Robert Kraft bought the team in 1994 they:

  • Have the most Super Bowl wins, 3.
  • Have the most regular season wins, 209.
  • Have the most wins including playoffs, 229.
  • Have the most conference titles, 6.
  • Have the most division titles, 12.
  • Have the most playoff wins, 20
  • Have played the most playoff games, 31.
  • Are tied for the most playoff seasons, 14.
  • The fewest head coaches within the division, 3.
  • Have drafted the most Pro Bowl players, 20.

From 1960 to 1993 the New England/Boston Patriots won a total of 225 games.  In the 20 years the Kraft family has owned the team they have now won 229 games including the three biggest in franchise history.

Patriots Staff Notes

This is the link to head coach Bill Belichick’s Wednesday press conference on the Bengals.

Bill Belichick is 13-3 against the Bengals; 5-1 as the head coach in New England and 8-2 as the head coach in Cleveland.

Overall in his NFL career Belichick is 191-101 in his 19th NFL season as a head coach.  He is 155-57 with New England and 36-44 with Cleveland.  He is 18-8 in the playoffs, 17-7 as head coach of the Patriots in the post season.  When you combine his regular season and post season records he is 209-109.

Belichick’s 209 wins are good for a tie for 5th all-time with Chuck Noll.

He has won 5 conference titles; he needs one more to tied Don Shula’s record of 6.

He is the first head coach to have had 4 teams that scored at least 500 points in a season.

Belichick is one of five head coaches in NFL history whose father (Steve Belichick) played in the league.  The others are former Kansas City head coach Todd Haley (Dick Haley), former San Francisco head coach Mike Nolan (Dick Nolan), former Cincinnati head coach David Shula (Don Shula) and former NY Jets head coach Joe Walton (Frank Walton).

Belichick is one of just four coaches to win three Super Bowls, joining Chuck Noll (4), Joe Gibbs (3) and Bill Walsh (3).  Those men are all in the Hall of Fame.

He is the only coach in NFL history to win three championship titles in four seasons.

No coach either as the head coach or an assistant has appeared in more Super Bowls than Belichick who has been to 8 (five as a head coach).

He is the only coach in NFL history to have led his team to 10+ wins in 10 consecutive seasons.

He has been NFL Coach of the Year three times he and Chuck Knox are the only three time winners, while Don Shula won four times.

Patriots Possible Starters


  • LT: Solder
  • LG: Mankins
  • C: Wendell
  • RG: Connolly
  • RT: Cannon
  • TE: Hoomanawanui
  • WR: Edelman
  • WR: Thompkins
  • WR: Dobson
  • QB: Brady
  • RB: Bolden


  • DE: Ninkovich
  • DT: Vellano
  • DT: Kelly
  • DE: Jones
  • LB: Mayo
  • LB: Spikes
  • LB: Hightower
  • LCB: Talib
  • RCB: Dennard
  • S: Gregory
  • S: McCourty

Patriots Players Notes

Tom Brady Notes:

  • This is his 14th NFL season; he is 4-0 vs. the Bengals in his career.  He is 63-26 on the road in the regular season.
  • Overall he is 140-39 as a starting QB and is 17-7 in the playoffs for an overall record of 157-46.  He is an 8 time Pro Bowl QB; 3 time All-Pro selection; two time NFL MVP and has won 3 Super Bowls while twice being named the games MVP.  He is also listed as the 21st Greatest Player in the History of the NFL according to the NFL Network.
  • He is the only QB in any era to have 100 more wins than losses at anytime in their career.
  • His .781 winning percentage is the highest ever in the Super Bowl era (since 1966).  Roger Staubach is second at .746 and Joe Montana is 3rd at .713.
  • Brady has led New England to 10 Division titles, most by any QB in NFL history.
  • With his Week 1 comeback win over Buffalo he now has 27 4th quarter comebacks in his career, 6th most all-time.
  • 341 TD passes in his career make him now 5th all-time.  Hall of Famer Fran Tarkenton is 4th with 342.
  • Is just the 5th NFL QB with 340 or more TD passes in his career.
  • Has 7 games with two 50+ yard TD passes in his career.
  • 140 career wins are 5th all-time.  Dan Marino is 4th with 147.
  • Is only 5th NFL QB to have achieved 140 regular season wins joining Peyton Manning, John Elway, Dan Marino and Brett Favre.
  • He had 30+ TD passes for the 3rd consecutive season and is just the fifth player to have four or more 30+ TD pass seasons.
  • Brady has thrown a TD pass in 52 consecutive games.  It is the longest active streak and 2nd longest all time behind Drew Brees’ record 54 game streak.
  • He has thrown for 2 or more TD’s in 110 games; the team’s record is 94-16.
  • He is the only QB in NFL history to thrown a TD in all 16 games in 3 consecutive seasons.
  • Brady has 53 300+ yard passing games in his career.

Rob Gronkowski notes:

  • I expect it to be about a 75% chance of Gronkowski playing against Cincinnati on Sunday.

Danny Amendola notes:

  • Had his first 100-yard game as a Patriot at Buffalo.  It was the third of his career.
  • Has been practicing most of the week but is expected he will not play Sunday against Cincinnati it will be his 4th game he has missed this year.

Julian Edelman notes:

  • Based on a minimum of 75 returns he has the highest punt return average in NFL history averaging 13.0 yards per return.
  • With 1 more punt return for a TD he will set a new team record.  He is tied at 3 with Irving Fryar and Troy Brown.
  • He had his second career 100-yard game at Atlanta when he had a career high 118-yards on 7 catches.
  • Leads the team with 34 catches for 319 yards.  He had just 21 catches in 2012.

Kenbrell Thompkins notes:

  • Had his first two career NFL TD catches against Tampa Bay and another at Atlanta.
  • Attended the University of Cincinnati.
  • Had 127-yards receiving at Atlanta and is just the second Patriots rookie to have a 100-yard game.
  • The 127-yard receiving is the highest single game total by a Patriots rookie WR.

Stevan Ridley notes:

  • Had two fumbles at Buffalo in Week 1 and one was returned for a TD.
  • Leads the team with 177 rushing yards through 4 games.

Brandon Bolden notes:

  • Had 51 yards rushing and 49 receiving for 100 yards from scrimmage.  It is the second highest total of his career having gotten 148 yards from scrimmage at Buffalo in 2012.
  • His 46-yard run in the 3rd quarter against the Buccaneers was a career long.
  • Set career highs in receptions (5) and receiving yards (49) against Tampa Bay.

LeGarrette Blount notes:

  • His 47-yard TD run at Atlanta was the longest by a Patriots running back since LaMont Jordan went 49-yards for a TD at Oakland in 2008. 
  • Is 2nd on team in rushing yards with 155 through 4 games.

James Develin notes:

  • Former Bengal signed with team in 2010 and was on practice squad for two seasons.

Stephen Gostkowski notes:

  • He is the most accurate kicker by percentage in team history at 84.1% (175 0f 208).
  • He is 3rd in team history in points with 906 trailing only Gino Cappelletti (1,130) and Adam Vinatieri (1,158).
  • Is tied with Vinatieri with 8 career field goals of 50+ yards.
  • His field goal against Buffalo was only the second game winner in his career.
  • The 53-yard field goal against Tampa Bay matched his career long.

Jerod Mayo notes:

  • He leads the team with 43 tackles (28 solo) through Week 4.
  • Since 2010 he has the most tackles in the NFL with 480.
  • Had a team high 15 tackles at Buffalo in Week 1, 12 were unassisted.

Rob Ninkovich notes:

  • Forced five fumbles last season along with LB Brandon Spikes to tie a team record.
  • Has 10 fumble recoveries since 2010 the most in the NFL in that span.

Devin McCourty notes:

  • He has 2 career 2 INT games.
  • Led team with 12 tackles (10 solo) at Atlanta.
  • His twin brother, Jason plays for Tennessee.

Chandler Jones notes:

  • His brother Arthur plays for the Ravens and his brother Jon is a UFC Champion.
  • Had his first 2+ sack games at Seattle in 2012 and his second in Week 2 against the Jets.
  • Leads the team in sacks with 3 and QB hits with 8.
  • He forced 3 fumbles on sacks in 2012.

Aqib Talib notes:

  • Leads the team with 4 INT’s.
  • Would tie a franchise record with INT’s in four consecutive games with a pick in Cincinnati on Sunday.  Mike Haynes set that record in 1976.

Kyle Arrington notes:

  • Forced two fumbles against the Bills in Week 1.  They both led to New England touchdowns. Leads team in this category.

There are only two players on the team who played on at least one of the Super Bowl championship teams, Brady (3) and Wilfork (1).

Roster moves this week:

Patriots team captains for 2103:

  • QB Tom Brady
  • DT Vince Wilfork
  • G Logan Mankins
  • LB Jerod Mayo
  • WR Matthew Slater (special teams)

Players with New England roots:

Players from New England based colleges and universities:

  • RB James Develin – Brown
  • TE Matthew Mulligan – Maine

The Patriots have 6 retired numbers:

  • 20 – Gino Cappelletti
  • 40 – Mike Haynes
  • 73 – John Hannah
  • 78 – Bruce Armstrong
  • 79 – Jim Lee Hunt
  • 89 – Bob Dee

Bengals Team Notes

Cincinnati BengalsHere are the Bengals roster, depth chart and injury report for the game.

2013 Bengals Schedule/Results

Cincinnati’s all-time record is 307-387-2 they are 5-11 in the post season with their last post season appearance coming in 2012 when they lost at Houston in the AFC Wildcard Game.

The Bengals have played in two Super Bowl and lost in both appearances to the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XVI (26-21) and Super Bowl XXIII (20-16).

At 2-2 Cincinnati is in a three-way tie for first place in the AFC North with Cleveland and Baltimore.

Bengals have announced the game is sold out.

Will wear black jerseys and white game pants on Sunday.

Cincinnati is operating at 88.9% (8 scores in 9 attempts) in the red zone offense; while their red zone defense is at 9.1% (1 stops in 11 attempts).

Bengals have had 9 fumbles this season, losing five.

Cincinnati is tied for 5th with New England in the NFL in fewest sacks allowed with 7.

Bengals defense is 8th in the NFL with the fewest yards allowed per play at 5.1 yards.

Cincinnati is MINUS 2 in turnover differential tied for 21st in the NFL.  They have 4 INT’s and have recovered 3 fumbles while they have thrown 4 INT’s and lost 5 fumbles.

The Bengals are 22nd in points scored averaging 20.3 points per game and are 10th in fewest points allowed with also 20.3 points per game.

Bengals Staff Notes

Read what Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis had to say to the New England media about the match up.

Lewis is in his 11th season with the team, he is 81-82 since taking over and is 0-4 in the playoffs for an overall record of 81-86. 

Second longest tenured head coach with one team behind Bill Belichick.

He has only had 4 winning seasons in the previous 10 years.  Three times he has been at .500 and three times he has a losing record.

Has been on the verge of losing his job several times only to be brought back.

He is 0-4 vs. New England in his career.

President Mike Brown graduated from Dartmouth College in Hanover NH in 1957 and played quarterback on the Big Green football team.  He also went on to graduate from Harvard Law School in 1959.

Executive Vice President Katie Blackburn also attended Dartmouth College, where she played on the women’s ice hockey team.

Strength and Conditioning Coach Chip Morton is a native of Hamden CT.

Bengals Possible Starters


  • LT: Whitworth
  • LG: Boling
  • C: Cook
  • RG: Zeitler
  • RT: An. Smith
  • TE: Gresham
  • TE: Eifert
  • WR: Green
  • WR: Sanu
  • QB: Dalton
  • RB: Green-Ellis


  • DE: Dunlap
  • DT: Peko
  • DT Atkins
  • DE: Gilberry
  • LB: Harrison
  • LB: Maualuga
  • LB: Burfict
  • LCB: Newman
  • RCB: A. Jones
  • S: Iloka
  • S: Mays

Bengals Players Notes

Andy Dalton notes:

  • He is 21-15 in his career in the regular season and 0-2 in the playoffs for an overall record of 21-17 in 6 seasons.
  • Dalton was a 2nd round draft pick in the 2011 NFL Draft out of TCU.
  • In his career Dalton is 0-0 vs. New England.
  • Had season high 282-yards passing Week 1 at Chicago.
  • Has thrown 37 career red zone TD’s and no INT’s in the red zone.
  • Has led the Bengals to the playoffs in both of his first two seasons.

Jermaine Gresham notes:

  • Only Bengals TE to have three seasons with 50 or more catches.
  • Two-time Pro Bowl TE.

A.J. Green notes:

  • Leads the team with 26 catches and 300-yards receiving through Week 4.
  • Had a team high 9 catches and 162-yards receiving Week 1 at Chicago.

BenJarvus Green-Ellis notes:

  • Former Patriots RB who left as a free agent.
  • He is in his second season with the Bengals.
  • Had a 1000+ yard-rushing season for the Patriots in 2010 and also had 13 TD’s.
  • Had a season high 75-yards rushing against Pittsburgh in Week 2.

Brandon Tate notes:

  • Former Patriots WR drafted by New England in 2009.
  • Signed with Cincinnati in 2011.
  • Has no catches in 2013 but has been the primary kick off and punt returner.
  • Had three returns of at least 27 yards against Green Bay in Week 3.

The Bengals have 1 retired number:

  • 54- Bob Johnson

Next Week

New Orleans SaintsUp next: New Orleans Saints

Location: Gillette Stadium, Foxboro MA

Date/Time: Sunday October 13 at 4:25 p.m.

TV Network: FOX

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