ESPN Boston's picks: Pats at Bengals
October, 4, 2013
Here's how ESPNBoston.com's experts see Sunday afternoon's Patriots-Bengals game (1 p.m. ET, CBS) playing out. What's your prediction? Leave your pick in the comments section.
|PATRIOTS 31, BENGALS 23
Let's not underestimate the best unit of the New England Patriots, the offensive line. This Bengal defense does pose a threat up front, but I think Ryan "Wendy" Wendell and the gang will have a solid performance and my doubts of Andy Dalton will continue.
|PATRIOTS 24, BENGALS 20
With the Patriots' offense finding its rhythm, and the defense having been a strong point through four weeks, I'm not sure the Bengals will have enough firepower to keep pace. The potential return of Danny Amendola, and possibly Rob Gronkowski, should further help New England.
|PATRIOTS 24, BENGALS 19
The Bengals have an abundance of talent, but are banged up in the secondary, opening the door for Tom Brady and the receiving corps to build off of a productive Week 4. If Rob Gronkowski and/or Danny Amendola is able to play, the Patriots should start to build momentum towards becoming closer to the offensive juggernaut they were throughout last season. The defense should have a chance to continue its streak of games with a forced turnover (currently at 31), as the Bengals have nine giveaways already this season.
|PATRIOTS 24, BENGALS 21
|PATRIOTS OVER BENGALS
Eight of 13 ESPN experts pick the Patriots to win and 5 take the Bengals.
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