QUICK-HIT THOUGHTS: As it relates to the Patriots, none of the inactives qualify as a major surprise. Barker and Beauharais both were inactive last week for depth purposes, while Collie was signed this week and the Patriots will have Kenbrell Thompkins and Aaron Dobson in addition to Amendola, meaning they are in good shape at receiver. Slater was listed as doubtful as he continues to nurse a wrist injury.
On the Bengals front, they'll be without their best secondary player in Hall, something that bodes well for the Patriots' passing attack, as well as top defensive end Michael Johnson, their franchise tag recipient this offseason. The Bengals' defense still will be a steep challenge, but playing without those two makes things a little easier for the Patriots.