Patriots at Bengals: Position by position breakdown

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Sep 12, 2013; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman (11) runs the ball New York Jets during the first half at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

Wide Receivers:

The Bengals clearly have the best WR (Green), and even if you assume Amendola is 100% (he is not, but will play), I believe the Bengals have the better group of WRs as well. Outside of Amendola, Brady’s top-3 WRs will have 129 career receptions (103 of which are Edelman). AJ Green alone has 188.

Edelman is a great slot and possession receiver, and while I like Thompkins potential, he is still a rookie with just 4 games and 15 catches under his belt (though he does have 3 TDs). Either way, if you were to ask Brady if he would rather his WRs or Green, Sanu and Jones, he would pick the latter – therefore, so will I.

Advantage: Bengals

 

Tight Ends:

If Gronkowski was playing, there may be a debate to be had. He is not. Instead, the Patriots will be using a guy named Michael Hoomanawanui (28 career receptions). Michael HoomannotasgoodasGreshamandEifert. The Bengals have a huge advantage at the TE position.

Advantage: Bengals

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