Published January 30, 2017
CINCINNATI (2-3) at NEW ENGLAND (4-1)
Thursday, 1 p.m. EDT, CBS
OPENING LINE - Patriots by 7 1/2
RECORD VS. SPREAD - Cincinnati 1-3-1, New England 4-1
SERIES RECORD - Patriots lead 15-9
LAST MEETING - Patriots beat Bengals 43-17, Oct. 5, 2014
LAST WEEK - Bengals lost to Cowboys 28-14; Patriots beat Browns 33-13
AP PRO32 RANKING - Bengals No. 16, Patriots No. 2
BENGALS OFFENSE - OVERALL (10), RUSH (26), PASS (5).
BENGALS DEFENSE - OVERALL (11), RUSH (19), PASS (11).
PATRIOTS OFFENSE - OVERALL (7), RUSH (4), PASS (14).
PATRIOTS DEFENSE - OVERALL (13), RUSH (9), PASS (18).
STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES -Bengals' only win over Patriots under Marvin Lewis was 13-6 in Cincinnati on Oct. 6, 2013. ... Patriots QB Tom Brady makes regular-season home debut following his four-game ''Deflategate'' suspension. Brady had streak of 52 straight games with at least one TD pass ended in 2013 loss to Bengals. ... Patriots own 9-2 record at home against Cincinnati, including 3-0 at Gillette Stadium. ... Bengals haven't won in New England since 1986. They have dropped last six games at New England, including 43-17 loss in 2014. ... Loss Sunday would leave Bengals 2-4 for first time since 2010, when they finished 4-12 - their worst season under Lewis. It also would match their regular-season loss total from last season, when they tied club record with 12-4 mark. ... QB Andy Dalton leads AFC with 1,503 yards passing. He passed for two TDs and had 117.4 rating in 2014 loss at New England. ... Including playoffs, RB Jeremy Hill has 10 rushing TDs in past 13 games. ... DE Carlos Dunlap has 17 1/2 sacks in past 21 games. . RB LeGarrette Blount is tied for third in NFL with five rushing TDs. . TE Martellus Bennett caught three TD passes in game for first time in career at Cleveland. It was his first game with Brady as QB. ... DE Jabaal Sheard has three sacks in past three games. Fantasy Tip: Brady has won five of six starts against Bengals with 12 TDs and 101.2 rating. He'll be eager to show his stuff before home crowd.
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