Gronk, Bennett forming unique tight end tandem for Patriots

Gronk, Bennett forming unique tight end tandem for Patriots

Gronk, Bennett forming unique tight end tandem for Patriots

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Commissioner Roger Goodell, the person who probably had the most to do with Brady's suspension - appeasing alleged squeaky wheel owners in Baltimore, Hamstead, N.Y. and Indianapolis - has not been to Gillette Stadium just under two years. By then, Bengals had possessed the ball for nearly 22 minutes, and they held a 14-10 lead.

How rare is what New England Patriots linebacker Dont'a Hightower accomplished over the last two weeks by forcing and creating safeties in back-to-back games? This will be a tough test for the defense, and failing to stop the Steelers on third down will most certainly hurt the Patriots much more than it did on Sunday. That is why the Patriots wanted to hit the Bengals hard, and they did it.

"Playing football. Lot of guys".

"They're both athletic freaks", said LeGarrette Blount, referring to both Collins and Hightower.

Brady has a lot of weapons on offense but no one is better than the big tight end wearing No. 87.

But Brady didn't bite, and instead he smiled and ended the press conference with "Thank you, guys, have a good day". "I was glad we could do a lot better there in the second half and finish the game strong".

Notes: Lewis said he's not anxious about repercussions from Vontaze Burfict's low hit on Bennett. Even so, one expects the National Football League will review it. No coverage on tight end Rob Gronkowski on 38 yards after holding him to 41 yards in the first half.

Fantasy Impact Rob Gronkowski went for 162 yards on 7 receptions as the Patriots beat the Bengals in Week 6.

For New England it also comes at the flawless time as it prepare for back-to-back road games, first at AFC North-leading Pittsburgh and then Buffalo, which shutout New England 16-0 on October 2.

"We're not looking for trouble".

Unfortunately for the Bengals, Tom Brady and Co. woke up during that pivotal five-minute stretch in the third, when a couple of errors turned the game on its head. Everyone was going to have to be on the same page, and the difficulty the Patriots had with their communications system may have further underscored the need for some good sideline discussion. We still got the win.

The Bengals returned the nucleus of their playoff team to make another run at getting that elusive first-round win.

FAITH IN DALTON: One thing that isn't the culprit in the Bengals problems isn't Dalton, Lewis said. Green working on cornerback Malcolm Butler, but it was thrown just inches too close to Butler and away from Green for an incompletion. "Anytime you can get explosive play like that, especially against a good opponent like that, that's a real good play, big momentum shift and what not. I've got to watch out for that".

Cleveland at least seems to have something to build on with quarterback/receiver combo of Cody Kessler (336 yards passing) and Terrelle Pryor, who caught two touchdown passes in a 28-26 loss to Tennessee.

"(White) went to Wisconsin. Otherwise, Brady has had his way with the Bengals, throwing for 12 touchdowns and just two interceptions in his five wins against them.

Having Gronk back in the lineup, and, more importantly, at 100 percent health, benefits the Patriots more than any other player on that team - with the exception of Tom Brady.

NY quarterback Eli Manning threw three touchdown passes, two of which were deep balls to receiver Odell Beckham Jr., as the Giants snapped a three-game losing streak with a 27-23 win over the Baltimore Ravens.

"It was a good defense we played today and they made it challenging on us, but we're trying to figure out what we're made of and it was good to get going there in the second half", Brady added. They couldn't convert on fourth-and-one from the 1 down 3-0 early in the first quarter.

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