The Associated Press
NEW ENGLAND (4-0) at CINCINNATI (2-2)
Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS
OPENING LINE -- Bengals by 2
RECORD VS. SPREAD -- New England 2-2, Cincinnati 2-1-1
SERIES RECORD -- Patriots lead 14-8
LAST MEETING -- Patriots beat Bengals 38-24, Sept. 12, 2010
LAST WEEK -- Patriots beat Falcons 30-23; Bengals lost to Browns 17-6
AP PRO32 RANKING -- Patriots No. 4, Bengals No. 15
PATRIOTS OFFENSE -- OVERALL (11), RUSH (11), PASS (17)
PATRIOTS DEFENSE -- OVERALL (16), RUSH (14), PASS (17)
BENGALS OFFENSE -- OVERALL (22), RUSH (22), PASS (15)
BENGALS DEFENSE -- OVERALL (13), RUSH (11t), PASS (13)
STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES -- Patriots are trying to start 5-0 for first time since 2007, when they won 18 games before losing to Giants in Super Bowl. ... Patriots have won 13 of last 14 games in regular season, including six straight on road. ... Patriots have won last four games against Bengals and seven of last eight. ... Tom Brady has thrown TD pass in 52 consecutive games, second-longest streak in NFL history behind Drew Brees (54). ... Brady has 341 TD passes, one behind Hall of Famer Fran Tarkenton for fourth most in NFL history. ... Brady is 4-0 career against Bengals, completing 69.7 percent of passes for 937 yards with 10 TDs, two interceptions and passer rating of 114. ... Rookie WR Kenbrell Thompkins played at University of Cincinnati and worked out for Bengals out of college. He has nine catches for 168 yards and three TDs in last two games. ... Bengals have won five of last six at home. They'll be facing high-powered offense for second straight game at Paul Brown Stadium. They beat Aaron Rodgers and Packers 34-30 on Sept. 22, forcing four turnovers. ... Cincinnati's offense failed to score touchdown in Cleveland, the first time it didn't get into end zone since playoff loss at Houston ended last season. ... DT Geno Atkins had 1½ sacks at Cleveland. He leads NFL defensive tackles with 15 sacks since 2012.
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