Coming off back-to-back losses against the Kansas City Chiefs and the Houston Texans, the New England Patriots will travel to Cincinnati to take on one of the worst teams in the league: the 1-12 Bengals. While the main storylines entering the game was the videotaping incident that took place last week, the Patriots themselves will try to get back on track and stay ahead of the competition in the race for a first-round playoff bye.
With all that in mind, let’s find out how to actually follow the contest:
Game Information: Patriots (10-3) vs Bengals (1-12)
Date: Sunday, December 15, 2019
Kickoff: 1:00 p.m. ET
Location: Paul Brown Stadium, Cleveland OH
SB Nation affiliate: Cincy Jungle
The Patriots provide an in-depth breakdown on their website.
Broadcast team: Andrew Catalon (play-by-play), James Lofton (color commentary), Amanda Balionis (sideline)
The game will be carried locally by WBZ-TV Channel 4.
Station: Sports USA
Broadcast team: Larry Kahn (play-by-play), John Robinson (color commentary), Troy West (sideline)
Station: 98.5 FM The Sports Hub
Broadcast team: Bob Socci (play-by-play), Scott Zolak (color commentary)
98.5 FM is available through the following stations:
- Boston MA: WBZ 98.5 FM
- Springfield MA: WAQY 102.1 FM
- Worcester MA: WWFX 100.1 FM
- Milford MA: WMRC 101.3 FM / 1490 AM
- Portland ME: WBLM 102.9 FM
- Bangor ME: WEZQ 92.9 FM
- Hartford CT: WTIC 1080 AM
- Concord NH: WNNH 99.1 FM
- Burlington VT: WCPV 101.3 FM
- Providence RI: WPRO 630 AM
For additional stations, please check out the broadcast information on patriots.com.
Live streaming: fuboTV (click here to sign up)
International live streaming: International viewers can follow the game by using NFL Game Pass.
Line: Patriots -10
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While New England lost against the Chiefs last week and now finds itself at 10-3 and essentially out of the race for the number one playoff seed in the AFC, some fans actually appear to be encouraged by the performance the team showed against Kansas City last Sunday: according to the results of SB Nation’s latest FanPulse survey, New England’s fan confidence improved by 10 percentage points when compared to last week.
Coming off its 28-22 loss against the Texans, the team’s approval rating dropped from 91% down to 42% — the lowest number since Week 16 last season — but it actually went up to 52% after the 23-16 defeat in Week 14. In order to put themselves in a position to trending upwards not just when it comes to fan confidence, the Patriots will need to finally hit their groove on offense against a Bengals team that has won just a single game so far this season.
While Cincinnati’s 1-12 record is the worst in the league, the team has positioned itself well in the race for the number one draft selection next spring. Despite that, however, fans are not too confident: only 5% of FanPulse participants feel good about the direction in which the team is currently headed in. This number — down from 29% last week after the team won its first game of the season — ranks the Bengals’ fan base as the third least confident in all of football.
If you too are interested in participating in our FanPulse survey, please click here!
Pats Pulpit coverage
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