Patriots @ Bengals: What to Watch For

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Sep 12, 2013; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick waves to the crowd before the game against the New York Jets at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

Coaching:
It would be an insult to Belichick (and coaching in general) to even debate this issue. Belichick > Lewis.
Advantage: Patriots x 10

Key to the Game:
Andy Dalton vs Bill Belichick. The Bengals should be able to run the ball, they should be able to stop the Patriots running game, and Tom Brady is likely to get his. That leaves Dalton and the Bengals passing attack as the key. If Dalton can start fast and be accurate, I like the Bengals chances. If, however, Dalton starts slow (as he has 3 of the first 4 games) and fails to protect the ball, I don’t see how the Bengals can win.

Prediction:
Over the years, Belichick has caused issues for QBs far more experienced and dangerous than Andy Dalton, with secondary’s far less talented than this 2013 bunch. I hope I am wrong, but I haven’t seen enough from Andy Dalton to make me think I am.

Patriots 27, Bengals 20

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  • Berdj Rassam

    The Patriots should beat the Bengals today, 20-15.