How the Patriots can beat them: When these teams met in Week 5, the Bengals dominated the line of scrimmage. They had four sacks and held the Patriots to just 82 yards rushing, so the Patriots will have to get their offensive line issues corrected. Defensively, it starts with shutting down prolific wide receiver A.J. Green. The Bengals’ rush attack has performed well at times, but their lack of consistency on the ground could be exposed if the Patriots can find a magic formula to fix their run defense.
How they can beat the Patriots: The Patriots have once again struggled in coverage of tight ends, so the Bengals must find ways to get the ball into the hands of their two 6-foot-5, 250-plus-pound tight ends, Jermaine Gresham and Tyler Eifert. The Bengals also have the cornerbacks to play tight man coverage and make life difficult for Brady and the receivers.