Patriots at Steelers NFL Week Seven Inactives

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Patriots – DT Woodrow Hamilton, DT Vincent Valentine, CB Cyrus Jones, TE A.J. Derby, RB D.J. Foster, OT LaAdrian Waddle, SS Jordan Richards

Steelers – QB Ben Roethlisberger, WR Markus Wheaton, S Shamarko Thomas, RB DeAngelo Williams, C Cody Wallace, OT Marcus Gilbert, DE Cameron Heyward

Patriots vs Steelers NFL Week Seven Capsule

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STREAKS 5 of past 7
COACHES VS. OPP. Bill Belichick: 9-10 Mike Tomlin: 2-4
LAST WEEK W 35-17 vs. Cincinnati L 30-15 at Miami
LAST GAME 9/10/15: Steelers 21 at Patriots 28. New England QB Tom Brady passes for 288 yards & 4 TDs. Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski has 5 receptions for 94 yards & 3 TDs.
LAST GAME AT SITE 10/30/11: Steelers 25, Patriots 17. Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger passes for 365 yards & 2 TDs. Steelers DE Brett Keisel records sack, PD & FF.
REFEREE Craig Wrolstad
BROADCAST CBS (4:25 PM ET): Jim Nantz, Phil Simms, Tracy Wolfson (Field Reporter). SIRIUS: 81 (NE), 82 (Pit). XM: 225 (NE), 82 (Pit).


PASSING Tom Brady: 57-75-782-6-0-135.5 Landry Jones (2015): 32-55-513-3-4-77.3
RUSHING LeGarrette Blount: 119-439-3.7-6 (T2L) Le’Veon Bell: 48-263-5.5-0
RECEIVING Julian Edelman: 28-261-9.3-0 Antonio Brown: 41 (T2L)-486-11.9-5 (T1L)
OFFENSE 387.2 371.8
DEFENSE 347.0 394.8
SACKS Jabaal Sheard: 3.5 Cameron Heyward: 3
INTs Jamie Collins: 2 3 tied: 1
PUNTING Ryan Allen: 44.6 Jordan Berry: 45.3
KICKING Stephen Gostkowski: 43 (16/17 PAT; 9/12 FG) Chris Boswell: 30 (18/18 PAT; 4/5 FG)


PATRIOTS: QB TOM BRADY has won 8 of 10 starts vs. Pit. (incl. playoffs) & has 24 TDs, 3 INTs & 113 rating. In past 5 meetings, has 17 TDs, 0 INTs & 127.9 rating (5 games with 100+ rating). Has passed for 782 yards (391 per game), 6 TDs, 0 INTs & 135.5 rating in 2 starts in 2016…RB LE GARRETTE BLOUNT ties for 2nd in NFL with 6 rush TDs. RB JAMES WHITE had 2 rec. TDs last week…Since 2010, TE ROB GRONKOWSKI has 66 rec. TDs, most in NFL. Has 26 catches for 403 yards (100.8 per game) & 7 TDs in 4 meetings. TE MARTELLUS BENNETT has 289 catches since 2012, 4th most by TE. WR JULIAN EDELMAN had 11 catches for 97 yards in last meeting…LB JAMIE COLLINS has 3 sacks, 2 INTs & FF in his past 6 (incl. playoffs). LB DONT’A HIGHTOWER had 13 tackles, 1.5 sacks & safety last week. DE JABAAL SHEARD has 4 sacks in past 6 vs. Pit. S DURON HARMON aims for 3rd in row vs. Pit. with INT…STEELERS: Aim for 8th consecutive win at home…QB LANDRY JONES has completed 15 of 22 (68.2 pct.) for 270 yards with 2 TDs, 0 INTs & 140.3 rating in career at home…RB LE’VEON BELL has 440 scrimmage yards (146.7 per game) in 3 games in 2016. Since 2014, averages 133.9 scrimmage yards per game, most in NFL. RB DE ANGELO WILLIAMS has 9 TDs (8 rush, 1 rec.) in past 11…WR ANTONIO BROWN has TD in all 3 meetings. Has 68 catches for 911 yards (130.1 per game) & 9 TDs in past 7 at home.  Since 2013, leads NFL with 416 catches, 5,517 rec. yards & 24 100-yard rec. games. Ties for 1st with 39 total TDs. WR SAMMIE COATES leads NFL with 22.2 avg. yards per catch (19 catches, 421 yards). In past 3 at home, has 14 catches for 315 yards (105 per game) & 2 TDs…LB LAWRENCE TIMMONS leads team with 37 tackles. LB RYAN SHAZIER has 60 tackles, 8 TFL, 2.5 sacks, INT, 2 FFs & FR in his past 7 games at home.

Happy Returns for Brady in Home Debut; Patriots Top Bengals 35-17

Cincinnati Bengals v New England Patriots

Playing in his first game in Foxborough since the end of his “Deflategate” suspension, Tom Brady had three touchdown passes and went over 5,000 completions for his career and the Patriots beat the Cincinnati Bengals 35-17 on Sunday.

Brady finished 29 for 35 for 376 yards. Tight end Rob Gronkowski had seven receptions for a career-high 162 yards and a touchdown.

Cincinnati drops to 2-4 for the first time since 2010, when it finished 4-12 — its worst season under coach Marvin Lewis.

The Bengals had their moments offensively, scoring on a 2-yard touchdown run by Andy Dalton and 5-yard pass from Dalton to Brandon LaFell. Dalton finished 21 of 31 for 254 yards and the touchdown.

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Bengals vs Patriots NFL Week Six Inactives

Bengals: TE Tyler Eifert, QB Jeff Driskel, WR Cody Core, CB KeiVarae Russell, CB Chykie Brown, OG Christian Westerman, DT DeShawn Williams

DE Shea McClellin, LB Jamie Collins, CB Cyrus Jones, DT Vincent Valentine, OT LaAdrian Waddle, CB Justin Coleman, RB Brandon Bolden

Patriots QB Tom Brady Not Interested in Talking About Donald Trump

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Tom Brady was on to Cincinnati this morning and having nothing to do with Donald Trump’s “locker room talk,” Rich Thompson of the Boston Herald reports.

The Patriots quarterback was asked about the last time the Bengals came to Foxboro — Oct. 5, 2014. The Patriots were coming off a humiliating 41-14 Monday night loss at Kansas City, one of the worst setbacks in the Bill Belichick era, prompting the coach to continually answer questions that week with the comment, “We’re on to Cincinnati.” The quote grew in stature after Brady and the Pats rebounded with a resounding 43-17 victory over the Bengals. The Pats lost only two more times that season en route to winning the franchise’s fourth Super Bowl title.

“At the end of the day we played good so that’s what matters most,” said Brady. “Our ability to focus on that particular game and that opponent, we did a great job at that.”

Brady much preferred talking about the Bengals rather than Trump’s recent controversial comments. When asked what he would tell his kids if they heard Trump’s version of “locker room talk,” a reference to the Republican presidential candidate’s comments in a video released last week, Brady used the question to end the press conference.

“Thank you, guys. Have a good day,” he said, smiling and leaving the podium.

New England Patriots Betting Tips

How does any NFL team derail a healthy, motivated and inspired Tom Brady?

The Cincinnati Bengals are next to try and come up with an answer and we wish them all the luck in the world. They’re going to need it.


It was easy, when the Bengals got off to a 1-2 start, to claim the Bengals are better than their record suggested. Their losses came to the defending Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos and the Pittsburgh Steelers, strong Super Bowl favorites.

But with a trip to Gillette Stadium on the horizon, in which they’ll face the 4-1 New England Patriots and a fired-up Brady, are the Bengals close to falling to 2-4 on the year?

It appears so.


Beating the Patriots at home is about as easy as getting Donald Trump to listen to reason.

Since the start of the 2007 NFL season, Brady is 25-0 straight up at home against non-divisional AFC teams. That’s what you call a guarantee. No wonder the line on this game, which opened at New England being 6.5 favorites, has since increased to 8 points.

New England is an AFC best 20-9-2 against the spread at home since 2013. Contrastingly, the Bengals haven’t won on the road against the Patriots since 1986, when Cincinnati had Boomer Esiason, James Brooks and Cris Collinsworth at their disposal.

New England is 5-0 straight up in its last five home games against Cincinnati. The over/under is set at 47 for this game and the total has gone over in five of the last seven Patriots-Bengals meetings.

But there is one cautionary note when backing New England: The Patriots are 4-9 against the spread in their last 13 games against the Bengals.

The Patriots were the first double-digit road favorite of the season at -10.5 last week in Cleveland. They easily covered in a 33-13 romp over the Browns. Strapping on the helmet in front of the home fans for the first time since his return, Brady figures to be even more motivated to put on a show this week.


Though he missed the first month of the season, you can still get 12-1 odds at on Brady winning the NFL MVP award for the third time in his career. And maybe because he didn’t have Brady for the first four games, BIll Belichick is at 9-1 odds to win NFL coach of the year, which is a pretty low number for a head coach with four Super Bowl titles.

Of the last 34 Super Bowl winners, 29 of them began the season with a 3-1 record, which coincidentally was New England’s standing through four games. Maybe that explains why the Patriots, at +375, remain Bodog’s Super Bowl favorites, dropping from an opening line of +850.

You’ll also find New England topping the Super Bowl future books at +400 with Bet365, William Hill, Sports Interaction and BetOnline, and you can get +415 odds at 5Dimes.

NFL: AFC Championship-New England Patriots at Denver Broncos

New England’s LeGarrette Blount is currently seventh in the NFL in rushing with 389 yards and you can get +12500 on him to lead the league in that category at Bet365. Interesting to note that he’s second in the league with 106 carries, so you know he’s being called upon frequently. He’s on pace to obliterate last season’s totals of 165 carries and 703 yards. Just remember that his carries will invariably decrease with Brady back under center.

Not surprisingly, since he missed a month, Bet365 has Brady at long-shot +2000 to lead the NFL in passing yards. Tight end Rob Gronkowski sits at +4000 to lead the NFL in receiving yards. You can get +7500 on Julian Edelman in the same category.

The individual is never more valuable than the sum of its parts, so any New England wagers you’ll want to consider should be big-picture items – game outcomes, divisional and conference winning odds and of course, Super Bowl odds.

Here’s another to ponder: the over/under on Patriots wins this season at Bet365 is 10.5. They just have to go 7-4 the rest of the way to make that happen.

With Brady back on board, that sounds like a fairly safe bet to us.

Bengals at Patriots NFL Week Six Capsule



STREAKS   5 of past 6
COACHES VS. OPP. Marvin Lewis: 1-5 Bill Belichick: 14-4
LAST WEEK L 28-14 at Dallas W 33-13 at Cleveland
LAST GAME 10/5/15: Bengals 17 at Patriots 43. New England QB Tom Brady passes for 292 yards & 2 TDs for 110.7 rating. Patriots RB Stevan Ridley rushes for 113 yards & TD.
REFEREE Ronald Torbert
BROADCAST CBS (1:00 PM ET): Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts, Evan Washburn (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 112 (Cin), 82 (NE). XM: 385 (Cin), 82 (NE).


PASSING Andy Dalton: 126-187-1503 (2L)-5-2-96.2 Tom Brady: 28-40-406-3-0-127.7
RUSHING Jeremy Hill: 62-233-3.8-3 LeGarrette Blount: 106-389-3.7-5 (T3L)
RECEIVING A.J. Green: 36 (2L)-518 (2L)-14.4-2 Julian Edelman: 24-231-9.6-0
OFFENSE 366.4 377.2
DEFENSE 338.6 345.0
SACKS Carlos Dunlap: 4 Jabaal Sheard: 3
INTs 4 tied: 1 Jamie Collins: 2
PUNTING Kevin Huber: 44.7 Ryan Allen: 44.6
KICKING Mike Nugent: 44 (8/8 PAT; 12/14 FG) Stephen Gostkowski: 34 (13/13 PAT; 7/10 FG)


BENGALS: QB ANDY DALTON leads AFC with 1,503 pass yards. Passed for 2 TDs & had 117.4 rating in last start at NE. Has 31 games with 100+ rating & Cin. is 27-4 (.871)…RB JEREMY HILL has 10 rush TDs in past 13 (incl. playoffs). Since 2014, has 23 rush TDs, most in NFL. RB GIOVANI BERNARD had 96 scrimmage yards (50 rush, 46 rec.) last week…WR A.J. GREEN had 5 catches for 81 yards & TD in last meeting. Leads AFC with 518 rec. yards & is 2nd in AFC with 36 catches. WR BRANDON LA FELL had 2 TD catches last week, 4th career game with 2+ rec. TDs…DE CARLOS DUNLAP has 17.5 sacks in past 21. Has 3 sacks, 2 FFs & 2 PD is past 2. DT GENO ATKINS has 42.5 sacks since 2011, most by NFL DT. Atkins & LB VONTAZE BURFICT each had sack in 10/6/13 meeting. DE WILL CLARKE has sack in 3 of past 4. CB ADAM JONES is only active player with 2+ INT-TDs (2) & 5+ PR-TDs (5) in career. Had 81-yard PR-TD vs. NE on 12/31/06 (with Ten.)…PATRIOTS:  Incl. playoffs, have won 27 of past 30 at home…QB TOM BRADY has won 5 of 6 starts vs. Cin. & has 12 TDs, 3 INTs for 101.2 rating. Has 5 games with 2+ pass TDs vs. Cin. & 4 games with 100+ rating. Incl. postseason, Brady is 112-18 (.862) at home as starter. Passed for 406 yards & 3 TDs for 127.7 rating last week…RB LE GARRETTE BLOUNT ties for 3rd in NFL with 5 rush TDs. Ranks 4th in AFC with 389 rush yards…Since 2010, TE ROB GRONKOWSKI has 65 rec. TDs, most in NFL. In past 15 at home (incl. playoffs), has 15 rec. TDs. TE MARTELLUS BENNETT had career-high 3 TD catches last week. Has 284 catches since 2012, 4th most by TE. WR JULIAN EDELMAN has 7 rec. TDs in past 13. WR CHRIS HOGAN had 1st career 100-yard game (114) last week…LB JAMIE COLLINS has 3 sacks, 2 INTs & FF in past 6 (incl. playoffs). DT MALCOLM BROWN had 2 sacks last week. DE JABAAL SHEARD has 3 sacks in past 3. CB MALCOLM BUTLER has 19 PD since 2015, most on team.

Happy Returns for Brady and Patriots in 33-13 Pounding of the Browns

New England Patriots v Cleveland Browns

Tom Brady, looking razor-sharp at times and relatively rust-free after serving his four-game “Deflategate” suspension, passed for 406 yards and three touchdowns to Martellus Bennett in his hyped return and the Patriots thumped the Browns 33-13 on Sunday.

Brady was back — much to the relief of teammates and New England fans everywhere — following a ban for his role in the scandal in which an NFL investigation found the Patriots under-inflated footballs in the 2015 AFC championship game.

Brady fought Commissioner Roger Goodell’s ruling for more than a year before he begrudgingly accepted his punishment.

He took out some of that built-up frustration on the Browns (0-5), throwing for 271 yards in the first half, as the Patriots (4-1) rebounded after being shut out last week at home by Buffalo.

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