The Patriots and Bengals face off on Monday Night Football.
New England Patriots (3-0) at Cincinnati Bengals (1-2)
Monday, October 1, 2007, 8:30pm (EDT)
TV: ESPN (Mike Tirico, Ron Jaworski, and Tony Kornheiser)
Radio: New England regional: WBCN (104.1); Cincinnati regional: WOFX (92.5 FM) and WEDG (103.3 FM); National: Westwood One/CBS Radio Sports; SIRIUS channels 123 and 126
Series: Patriots lead 12-8
Last meetings: New England won on this same date last season in Cincinnati 38-13 (October 1, 2006).
Last week: The New England Patriots beat the Buffalo Bills 38-7. Tom Brady threw for 311 yards and 4 touchdowns, Randy Moss had 115 yards receiving and 2 touchdowns, Laurence Maroney had 103 yards rushing, and Asante Samuel capped the win with his first interception of the season.
The Cincinnati Benglas lost to the Seattle Seahawks 24-21. Carson Palmer threw for 342 yards had 2 INTs, T.J. Houshmandzadeh had 141 yards receiving, and Chad Johnson had 138 yards receiving, but the Seahwaks scored the go-ahead touchdown with just 1 minutes remaining in the game.
The Patriots continued their early-season dominance by trouncing the Bills 38-7. New England trailed for the first time all season when the Bills took an early 7-0 lead, but then score 38 unanswered points. Offensively and defensively, the Patriots have been putting on a clinic through three weeks. Tom Brady has completed 79.5% of his passes, with 10 touchdowns and just 1 interception. Randy Moss has 403 receiving yards and 5 touchdowns. And the defense is ranked #1 in yards allowed and #3 in points allowed.
The Bengals have lost two in a row, by the scores of 51-45 and 24-21. The offense is keeping them in games, but the defense -- which allowed the Seahawks to march 60 yards for the game-winning touchdown in the final minutes last week -- is the reason they are 1-2.
2007 season statistics
New England on offense: Yards per game 441.0 (1); Rushing 151.7 (5); Passing 289.3 (3)
New England on defense: Yards per game 207.0 (1); Rushing 74.0 (5); Passing 133.0 (2)
Cincinnati on offense: Yards per game 393.0 (4); Rushing 92.0 (21); Passing 301.0 (2)
Cincinnati on defense: Yards per game 402.7 (30); Rushing 145.0 (27); Passing 257.7 (26)
Notes: Tom Brady (10) and Carson Palmer (9) have thrown for the most touchdowns in the NFL so through the first three weeks
Chad Johnson (442) and Randy Moss (403) are 1-2 in receiving yards in the NFL (even with 14 teams playing yesterday)
Cincinnati is 6-2 at home on Monday Night Football (2-0 at Paul Brown Stadium), including a 27-20 win in this season's opener against Baltimore
New England is 6-4 on Monday Night Football under head coach Bill Belichick
The Patriots have allowed teams into the red zone just 5 times this season (2nd fewest in the league) but all five trips resulted in touchdowns
Accuscore.com Game Prediction and player Stats Forecast: (More)
Favorite: Patriots 74%
Underdog Bengals 26%
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