2019 NFL – New England Patriots @ Cincinnati Bengals Preview & Pick

THE FACTS

When is New England Patriots @ Cincinnati Bengals taking place? Sunday 15th December, 2019 – 18:00 (UK)

Where is New England Patriots @ Cincinnati Bengals taking place? Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati

What is the expected weather for New England Patriots @ Cincinnati Bengals? 5c in mostly cloudy skies

What television channel is New England Patriots @ Cincinnati Bengals on? Sky Sports will be showing live NFL games during the season so it is worth checking their schedule

Where can I stream New England Patriots @ Cincinnati Bengals? Subscribers to NFL GAMEPASS can stream matches live on their platform

Where can I get tickets for New England Patriots @ Cincinnati Bengals? Check Ticketmaster for ticket information on selected games

What was the outcome in the last meeting? Cincinnati Bengals 17-35 New England Patriots

THE TEAM NEWS

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

  • New England lost a second game in succession as their offensive struggles continued when they were defeated by Kansas City last week and the Patriots are still not guaranteed a spot in the play-offs as things stand.
  • Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was hit on the elbow during last week's defeat but he is not expected to miss any game time with the knock after logging a full practice at Wednesday’s first session of the week.
  • Wide receiver Julian Edelman was held out as he continues to manage knee and shoulder injuries while center Ted Karras, cornerback Jason McCourty, defensive lineman Danny Shelton and wide receiver Mohamed Sanu were all limited.

CINCINNATI BENGALS

  • Cincinnati put up a decent fight but were unable to make it back-to-back wins as they were edged out by Cleveland in Week 14 and now they face a New England outfit that will be keen to respond to back-to-back losses.
  • The Bengals continue to have issues in their receiving corps and they will be without wide receiver Auden Tate for the rest of the season as he was placed on injured reserve after suffering an MCL sprain last week.
  • With other problems in the position, wideout Damion Willis has been added to the Cincinnati roster after he was elevated from the practice squad and will take Tate’s spot but he will still be down the depth chart.

THE PREDICTION

New England have been shrouded in off-field controversy once again with the NFL said to be investigating if the Patriots filmed the Cincinnati touchline on Sunday. That should add some extra spice to this contest but the Patriots will be desperate to get back to winning ways after back-to-back losses and will be very focused as they bid to secure their spot in the post-season. The Bengals are unlikely to have enough to condemn the Patriots to a third straight defeat.

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