– Rob Gronkowski gets a gold star after hauling in seven catches for a career-high 162 yards.
This Sunday afternoon in Foxborough, the New England Patriots defeated the Cincinnati Bengals, 35-17, in Tom Brady’s first game at home in the 2016 regular season.
FLATTENED BENGALS: Cincinnati’s defense has been roughed-up, allowing three touchdown passes of more than 40 yards and a 60-yard touchdown run in the last three games.
Having Gronk back in the lineup, and, more importantly, at 100 percent health, benefits the Patriots more than any other player on that team – with the exception of Tom Brady.
Bennett said that both he and Gronk leave the more playful parts of their personalities outside the meeting room, where it’s all football as they dissect opposing defenses. But, it’s time to be concerned because we might be heading in that direction. “I’ve never said that about any team”, he said.
UP NEXT: Cincinnati: Bengals host Browns on Sunday. Seattle’s victory improved the squad to 4-1 on the year and two games clear in the loss column over the LA Rams in the race for the NFC West title.
When talking about the team’s defensive game plan and if paying attention to Gronkowski was of utmost importance, Marvin Lewis said “Oh yeah”, following the loss. Yet, that does not mean everything is as it should be just because the scoreboard says things worked out.
The NFL is reportedly reviewing a hit by Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict on New England Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett. But Kirkpatrick’s illegal contact penalty kept the drive alive. The Patriots then marched 78 plays over next six plays and scored on a 15-yard pass from Brady to James White.
“We’ll see early in the week”, he said. “Any time you have complementary football, you win games”. However, one thing has been Brady’s kryptonite: pressure. He also ran for 66 yards. “You’re not going to win because you’re emotional”.
“He doesn’t lose in that stadium hardly ever, so it’s going to be hard”, he said.
The Bengals defenders are notoriously downhill aggressors with questionable ability to change direction, so the Patriots tried to get them to bite in one direction before throwing in another. Later in the game, Rob Gronkowski would be flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct after getting into a heated exchange with a flurry of Bengals.
Because of some very poor protection by the offensive line, there wasn’t enough time for the tight ends or receivers to get open downfield. Their defense made a key goal-line stop that shifted momentum in the first half, and a safety early in the third quarter turned the tide towards New England for good.
“I’ve got to watch it now”, Gronkowski said. “We were in a lot of long-yardage situations, third-and-30, second-and-20”. Since I got here in 2000, you feel that with all the (Boston) teams. To do that, the Bengals need a better running game, the return of Eifert, a smarter defense and for Andy Dalton to keep playing the way he’s been playing. We have just grown too used to seeing Gostkowski and his predecessor, Adam Vinatieri, bury field goals from all over the field and from every distance in the game. By the end of the game the Patriots were able to walk away with a 17-35 victory, their second consecutive win. Right tackle Cedric Ogbuehi got benched during the third quarter in New England, though he was back for the final series. The Patriots placekicker missed an extra point on Sunday, ending a streak of 478 in a row dating back to his rookie season of 2006. But San Francisco (1-5) couldn’t finish drives, settling for three field goals by Phil Dawson, in losing its fifth straight game.