We’re about 72 hours out from kickoff between the New England Patriots and Cincinnati Bengals, which means it’s time for some bold predictions.
Patriots vs. Bengals Bold Prediction: Patriots will rack up six sacks
Following a game against the Cleveland Browns in which the pass rush was dialed back a bit, expect the Patriots to unleash on the Bengals’ offensive line in this game. Leading the charge will be Malcom Brown, Chris Long and Jabaal Sheard.
Brown continued his impressive sophomore season last week by posting two sacks against the Browns, the only sacks the Patriots registered in the game. He possesses a solid blend of size, athleticism and power that has no Patriots fans missing Dominique Easley, that’s for sure. Expect Brown to record two sacks for the second straight game.
On the edges, Long and Sheard will each have success against the Bengals’ tackles. These guys currently lead the Patriots’ sack chart, with Sheard having notched a hat trick of sacks and Long earning two of his own. Like Brown, Sheard and Long will each have two sacks in this game.
So to sum up this bold prediction, Brown, Sheard and Long will power the pass rush by posting a pair of sacks apiece for six total.
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