BOSTON (CBS) — Tom Brady is coming home.
That could spell bad news for the Cincinnati Bengals, who find themselves heading to Foxboro in an unenviable spot for the second time in three years.
How will they fare this Sunday afternoon? Our WBZ and 98.5 The Sports Hub experts weigh in.
Steve Burton, WBZ-TV Sports
Tom Brady is coming off the eighth 400-yard game of his career, throwing three touchdowns against the Browns to earn AFC Offensive Player of the Week honors.
If he did all of that on the road, imagine what he’s going to do in his return to Gillette Stadium. The Pats offensive weapons are too lethal and Brady knows just how to use them.
Patriots 31, Bengals 17
Dan Roche, WBZ-TV Sports
Brady’s home return and a Bengals team that has lost its way adds up to a solid win for the Pats. My only concern is that New England gets up big and goes into their shaky prevent defense.
Patriots 38, Bengals 24
Levan Reid, WBZ-TV Sports
OK, I feel like there isn’t a lot of noise for this game and there are many reasons why. First, the Red Sox ended and that still has people sad. Second, the Tom Brady debut in Cleveland was so glorious that, I’m not sure anything can match that and third, the Cincinnati Bengals aren’t that good.
Every year they have a great record and play a solid playoff team and then lose. This year they don’t even have the great record.
Cincy still has solid players. A.J. Green and Geno Atkins are a couple of the best players in the game but that’s not enough. Not even close.
What the Pats have is a system, coaching and motivation. If you don’t think “The Tom Brady Revenge Tour” is a real thing, you are kidding yourself.
This week we should see more of the tight end set of Gronk and Martellus Bennett. We should see more of Chris Hogan on the long ball and Edelman and Amendola underneath. We should see more of LeGarrette running the ball and more of James White in the screen game
We should see more of the defense getting to the quarterback and possibly some more turnovers.
You get the picture: I think the Pats are going to dominate this game.
Patriots 35, Bengals 0
Adam Kaufman, 98.5 The Sports Hub/WBZ NewsRadio 1030
The Patriots will ride the emotion of last week’s 20-point win in Cleveland into Foxboro for Tom Brady’s 2016 Gillette debut, and the outcome should be similar. The Bengals have lost their last six trips to New England, eight of 10 meetings with the Pats, three of four overall, and they’re banged up. Star tight end Tyler Eifert won’t play and Bill Belichick will find a way to neuter All-Pro receiver A.J. Green. Do you really think Marvin Lewis will find a way around that?
Plus, Rob Gronkowski’s healthy and Martellus Bennett’s living up to the hype. If they manage to stay healthy, watch out NFL.
Patriots 35, Bengals 14
Rob “Hardy” Poole, 98.5 The Sports Hub
This weekend the Patriots play the team from Cincinnati, which a lot of people call “The Bengals.” Now, everybody knows that the Bangles were not a one-hit wonder but a two-hit wonder with “Walk Like An Egyptian” and “In Your Room.” Therefore the Bengals will score two points. How many will the Patriots score? Well, that depends. Were there five members in The Bangles? I think so, but nobody knows for sure. I’m going to go with five.
Patriots 5, Bengals 2
Mike “Sarge” Riley, 98.5 The Sports Hub
This is the hardest ticket of the year for Tom Brady’s homecoming. No way the Pats lose two in a row at home.
Patriots 24, Bengals 14
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