The Bengals enter Sunday’s game against the Patriots with an offense that has failed to gain 300 yards in either of its last two games, and a quarterback who is starting to lose the faith of his fan base.
But the 4-0 Patriots would be unwise to take the 2-2 Bengals lightly. They have a stout defense that is 10th in points allowed (20.2 per game), created seven turnovers in their first three games, and has an “outstanding” defensive line, Bill Belichick said. And they have one of the NFL’s best receivers in A.J. Green, two athletic tight ends in Jermaine Gresham and Tyler Eifert and a good 1-2 running back combo of rookie Giovani Bernard and former Patriot BenJarvus Green-Ellis. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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