BENGALS VS PATRIOTS PREVIEW
October 2, 2013INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (4-0) AT CINCINNATI BENGALS (2-2)
PATRIOTS: Dating back to 2012, have won 13 of past 14 regular-season games. Aim for 7th consecutive road victory…QB TOM BRADY has TD pass in 52 consecutive games, 2nd-longest streak in NFL history (DREW BREES, 54). Brady (341) needs 2 TD passes to surpass HOFer FRAN TARKENTON (342) for 4th-most in NFL history. For career, Brady is 4-0 vs. Bengals & has completed 83 of 119 passes (69.7 pct.) for 937 yards with 10 TDs vs. 2 INTs & 114 rating…RB LE GARRETTE BLOUNT had 47-yard TD rush last week, 1st since joining NE & 2nd-longest of career…TE ROB GRONKOWSKI scored 1st career TD vs. Cin. on 9/12/10. WR JULIAN EDELMAN had career-high 118 receiving yards vs. Falcons. Aims for 5th consecutive game with 7+ catches (34 total during span). In past 2, rookie WR KENBRELL THOMPKINS has 9 catches for 168 yards (18.7 avg.) with 3 TDs…Rookie DT JOE VELLANO (undrafted) registered 1st career sack last week. DE CHANDLER JONES has sack in 2 of past 3. In past 3, CB AQIB TALIB has 4 INTs & FF. Had INT in only game vs. Cin. (10/10/10 w/TB)…BENGALS: Have won 5 of past 6 at home…In past 6 at home, QB ANDY DALTON has completed 112 of 181 passes (61.9 pct.) for 1,208 yards with 12 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 99.0 rating. Bengals are 10-1 (.909) when Dalton has 100+ rating…Rookie RB GIOVANI BERNARD has rush TD in 2 of past 3…Since 2011, WR A.J. GREEN has 21 TD catches, tied for 2nd most among AFC WRs during span (ERIC DECKER 22, WES WELKER 21)…TE JERMAINE GRESHAM (187) needs 13 catches to become 5th TE in club history with 200. Had TD catch in last game vs. NE…LB VONTAZE BURFICT leads team with 42 tackles in 2013…Since 2012, DT GENO ATKINS leads NFL DTs with 15 sacks. Had 1.5 sacks last week. DE CARLOS DUNLAP has 3 sacks in past 3, incl. 1.5 last week vs. Browns. CB TERENCE NEWMAN had INT in last game vs. NE (10/16/11 w/ Dal.). CB LEON HALL had INT in last home game vs. NE…PR-CB ADAM JONES had 81-yard INT-TD vs. NE on 12/31/06 (w/ Ten.).