In a game that the Bengals desperately need to win, the defense once gain showed up and made a statement early and often. On the second play of the game, a play-action by Brady gets stuffed as soon as he turns around by Geno Atkins who picked-up the sack.
The Bengals next drive were all running plays by BJGE, promising plays but resulted in a punt. The Bengals defense sure showed up to play early as they hold the Patriots to another 3-and-out with their 2nd sack within 6 minutes by Wallace Gilberry.
It was great to see Gilberry contributing since Michael Johnson was inactive with a concussion. Still, the Patriots defense did a great job of not budging and forcing the Bengals to punt. The Bengals had two early drives with pretty good field position but were unable to capitalize on them with only 1 first down.
The Patriots were the first team to get a drive going as they marched down almost into Cincinnati territory. The drive stalled on third down as Brady’s pocket folded fast and was hit as he was thrown and Adam Jones almost came up with the pick.
The Bengals then started their longest drive of the day by throwing to Gresham and Eifert only, and some big runs by BJGE. Momentum was swinging towards Cincinnati as they get inside the 20 yard line, until Dalton throws his first Red Zone interception. Dalton scrambles to the right side as the pocket crumbles, and throws across his body and into the hands of Spikes.