- Associated Press - Thursday, October 2, 2014

CINCINNATI (3-0) at NEW ENGLAND (2-2)

Sunday, 8:30 p.m. ET, NBC

OPENING LINE - Bengals by 1

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Cincinnati 3-0, New England 1-3

SERIES RECORD - Patriots lead 14-9

LAST MEETING - Bengals beat Patriots 13-6, Oct. 6, 2013

LAST WEEK - Bengals had bye, beat Titans 33-7 on Sept. 21; Patriots lost to Chiefs 41-14

AP PRO32 RANKING - Bengals No. 2, Patriots No. 13

BENGALS OFFENSE - OVERALL (7), RUSH (15), PASS (11).

BENGALS DEFENSE - OVERALL (14), RUSH (17), PASS (15).

PATRIOTS OFFENSE - OVERALL (29), RUSH (23), PASS (30).

PATRIOTS DEFENSE - OVERALL (4), RUSH (23), PASS (1).

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Teams also met in fifth week last season with Bengals winning 13-6. That ended Tom Brady’s streak of 52 games with at least one TD pass. … Patriots have won seven of last nine meetings. … Bengals and Patriots tied for AFC lead with six INTs. … Cincinnati is only unbeaten team in AFC, outscoring opponents by nearly 16 points per game. … Bengals lead NFL with fewest points allowed per game and plus-6 turnover differential, have given up just three points in first half. … Andy Dalton hasn’t been sacked and has thrown only one INT. … Rookie RB Jeremy Hill goes for third straight game with TD. … WR A.J. Green’s 4,066 yards receiving are most in AFC since he joined NFL in 2011. … DE Carlos Dunlap has one sack in each of first three games. … Patriots’ offense under Brady has scored just 46 points in last 14 quarters. Backup Jimmy Garoppolo led them to TD in fourth quarter at Kansas City. … Brady needs 60 yards passing to become sixth QB with at least 50,000. … Bill Belichick coming off third loss by 27 points or more in 336 games as NFL head coach. … Julian Edelman has at least four catches in 10 consecutive games, leads Patriots with 26 receptions. Other WRs have combined for 20 this season. … Patriots have been outgained on ground 129.8 yards rushing per game to 97.5.

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