Sep 22, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) on the sidelines during the fourth quarter against the Green Bay Packers at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports
Dalton reassured fans his confidence is not shaken, saying,
"“My confidence hasn’t been shaken. There’s times when we didn’t play well, last week was a good example. We’ve got so many good guys on this team, so much talent, I haven’t lost any confidence at all.”"
Dalton needs to be ready Sunday in front of a sellout crowd and beat the 4-0 Patriots.
Health is a concern of every team and the Bengals were without some key players this past week, so look for them to rebound against New England. This is a very winnable game and to keep up in the AFC North, will definitely need all hands on deck to pull out a W.
My final prediction: The Bengals defense should frustrate Brady enough to the point that points will be at a premium, also the Bengals should be able to move the ball rather efficiently against the Patriots defense.
Final score: Bengals 24, Patriots 20.