New England Patriots at Cincinnati Bengals

The (3-0) New England Patriots visit the (1-2) Cincinnati Bengals tonight at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati Ohio for Monday Night Football. Game News, Notes, Preview Accuscore forecast and much much more.

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

Weather: Cincinnati, OH
Paul Brown Stadium

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… Game Prediction and player Stats Forecast: (More)

Favorite: Patriots 74%
Underdog Bengals 26%

Forecasted Stats

Tom Brady111.6303.22.50.9
Laurence Maroney20.588.24.30.6
Sammy Morris5.825.34.40.2
Kevin Faulk2.
Randy Moss6.5105.316.21.1
Wesley Welker4.959.612.20.3
Ben Watson3.342.512.90.3
Donte' Stallworth2.541.916.80.3

Carson Palmer91.7277.11.81.0
Kenny Watson17.775.84.30.5
Dede Dorsey2.
Jeremi Johnson2.
Chad Johnson6.599.715.30.7
T.J. Houshmandzadeh7.587.011.60.7
Antonio Chatman1.821.411.90.1
Kenny Watson2.
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