Monday, October 7, 2013

Bengals outlast Patriots

Before yesterday's Cincinnati Bengals-New England Patriots game, I thought the Bengals could beat the Patriots. The Bengals do have the talent to defeat them. But if you're a Bengals fan, you know that they'll find a way to lose. And there were times in yesterday's game, when the Bengals showed you what I just said. Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton throws an interception in the red zone. Running back Giovani Bernard fumbles the ball in the fourth quarter to give Patriots Hall of Famer quarterback Tom Brady a chance to tie the game.

But the major strength of the Bengals is their defense. And it all starts with the defensive line. Defensive tackle Geno Atkins set the tone by sacking Brady on the second play of the game. They pressured Brady all day long. He was never comfortable. The result? Brady did not throw a touchdown pass. That ended a streak of 52 games of touchdown passes. Kudos to other Bengals, the veteran Chris Crocker and defensive end Wallace Gilberry. The football gods also smiled on the Bengals. The clouds opened up and the rain poured down on the Patriots the last couple of minutes in the game. That gave the Patriots passing game problems as Brady had trouble throwing the wet football. His final pass was an interception by cornerback Adam Jones. Game over. Bengals stun the undefeated Patriots and gave them their first loss of the season. The score was Bengals 13, Patriots 6. Here's the story with video highlights.

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