Patriots head coach Bill Belichick is 5-1 against Marv Lewis and the Bengals with an average score of 32-18. The Patriots average 37.6 points in victories (35, 38, 34, 38, 43), with the lone loss coming in a 2013 monsoon with a final score of 13-6.
In 2014, the Patriots romped over the Bengals 43-17 as RBs Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen combined for 203 yards and a touchdown on 36 carries (5.64 yards per carry). Belichick’s squads have always found ways to run the ball against Cincinnati, although TEs Rob Gronkowski and Tim Wright combined for 185 yards and 2 touchdowns in that same 2014 game.
The Cincinnati offense is dealing with injuries as WR A.J. Green is battling a calf problem and RB Jeremy Hill has a chest injury. TE Tyler Eifert is still recovering from offseason surgery.
The Patriots feature former Bengals FB James Develin, while the Bengals have former Patriots WR Brandon LaFell.
Date: Sunday, October 16th, 2016
Location: Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts
Kickoff: 1:00 PM EST
Betting line: Patriots are the 9.5-point favorites
SB Nation Affiliates: Cincy Jungle
Red is the Patriots.
Announcers: Dan Fouts and Ian Eagle, with Evan Washburn on the sidelines
Boston, Mass. WBZ-TV Ch. 4
Radio: 98.5 FM, with Scott Zolak and Bob Socci
Additional Information: The Patriots provide an incredible breakdown on their website.