Matchup to Watch
Patriots Defense vs. Brengals Offense on Third Down
There are other matchups during this game to monitor, such as AJ Green vs. the Patriots Secondary that are important to the outcome of this game. Third Down will certainly be the most watched, and most important here.
Getting off the field on third down is something the Patriots defense has struggled with all season long.The way they has performed, it is somewhat worrisome, but it is still early.
The Bengals on the other hand, have struggled to convert on third down, but are looking to have their star tight end return to the field, which will be a huge boost to their offense.
Not to say this matchup can determine the result of the game, but it will certainly keep the Bengals in the game longer than they should.
Player to Watch
Vontaze Burfict is well known around the league for his questionable antics on the field and has a reputation of being dirty. Knowing the type of player he is automatically makes him a player worth watching. Hopefully he has learned his lesson, however, expect the referees to give him and the Bengals defense a short leash.