Cincinnati Bengals Q&A with Musket Fire’s Cyrus Geller

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Oct 6, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals running back Giovani Bernard (25) gets tackled by New England Patriots cornerback Kyle Arrington (25) in the first half of the game at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Marc Lebryk-USA TODAY Sports

SH: Which Bengals players do you think Bill Belichick and the New England coaching staff are preparing for the most?

"CG: Giovani Bernard and A.J. Green. Bernard has exploded onto the NFL scene this year, and this struggling Patriots’ run defense must step up to slow him down. And as for Green, I really hope this is the game where Belichick decides to use Darrelle Revis how he was meant to be used (1:1 coverage), because they need him to shut-down Green."

SH:  What do you think the Patriots will have to do in order to win this game?

"CG: They need to run the ball and play aggressive concepts on defense. Their offensive line is not good enough right now to simply execute traditional shotgun passes, so they need to rely on the play-action to give Brady time. To do that, they need to run the ball early, and often. And on defense, the only way they are going to be successful is by using their personnel the way they were meant to be used. If the Pats play aggressive on D, they can dominate."

SH: Predictions?

"CG: I would not be surprised at all to see Brady and the Pats come out and get the win on Sunday night, but I don’t think it will happen. They will play much better than they did last week, but there are still plenty of issues within this squad. 20-17 Bengals."

Thank you again to Cyrus Geller of Don’t forget to take a look at Stripe Hype’s own preview into Sunday night’s matchup against the New England Patriots.