3 Takeaways from Sunday's win over the Patriots

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Oct 6, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) gets sacked by Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Wallace Gilberry (95) in the first half at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Marc Lebryk-USA TODAY Sports

Oct 6, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) gets sacked by Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Wallace Gilberry (95) in the first half at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Marc Lebryk-USA TODAY Sports

Tom Not-so-Terrific

Prior to Sunday, Tom Brady’s passer rating in four games against the Bengals was 114, one of his highest marks vs a single team. He was also unbeaten against the Bengals with two of the wins coming at Paul Brown Stadium, and none of the being close.

He’d thrown three touchdowns against the Bengals in each of the last two games and for his career has 10 touchdowns against two interceptions as the Pats won all four meeting by an average margin of 36-14.

But not on this Sunday, as the Bengals’ relentless pressure kept Brady planted on the soggy PBS field, and he failed to throw a TD pass for the first time in 52 games, the second-longest streak in NFL history.

The Bengals have now shut-down Aaron Rodgers and tom Brady in the span of three weeks, and deserve to be recognized as one of, if not the best defense in the entire NFL. They’re the reason this team is 3-2 and still relevant in the AFC North race.

A lof of football is left to be played, but it’s clear now that the defense will carry this team once again.

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