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Patriots jump back into lead just before halftime

FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 16:  Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots during the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Gillette Stadium on October 16, 2016 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images) Getty Images

There was a lot of pressure on Patriots quarterback Tom Brady for most of the first half, but the Patriots protection held up with time running short in the second quarter.

Brady had all the time in the world to find Chris Hogan cutting over the middle for a 39-yard gain that took the ball into the red zone. There was time for Brady to find a wide-open James White on the next snap as well and White trotted into the end zone for a 15-yard touchdown that put New England on top 10-7 at the half.

The Patriots drive got help on an error by Bengals cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick, who was flagged for illegal contact on a third-down play that would have gotten the defense off the field quickly. The Bengals are also missing safety George Iloka, who is called questionable to return with a shoulder injury, but the change in pressure was the biggest difference for Brady on the scoring drive.

Brady is 12-of-16 for 136 yards overall while Andy Dalton has gone 13-of-16 for 146 yards. Dalton completed his first 10 passes of the game and ran for a two-yard touchdown to get the Bengals on the board in the second quarter.┬áKeeping them off the board in the second half may have to happen without linebacker Elandon Roberts, who suffered a head injury. Roberts was playing in place of the inactive Jamie Collins, so the Patriots are short on linebackers if he can’t return.

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9 Responses to “Patriots jump back into lead just before halftime”
  1. willycents says: Oct 16, 2016 2:37 PM

    The question, per an earlier PFT posting, now, is not if Brady will break the NFL record for most yards passing, but, will the Bengals break the NFL record for yards in a game?

  2. orivar says: Oct 16, 2016 2:39 PM

    I would love to watch it but you know, NFL and it’s local only broadcasts to get extra money through its various premium subscriptions that aren’t getting any cheaper, while cost of living is more expensive!

    That’s your main reason why ratings are down. Now, back to watching through other means.

  3. tedmurph says: Oct 16, 2016 3:16 PM

    Willy make no cents

  4. 12thmangohawks says: Oct 16, 2016 3:26 PM

    The only thing worse than the pats are their fans. Worst ever. Ick. But how much can you expect out of the north east?

  5. 12thmangohawks says: Oct 16, 2016 3:26 PM

    West coast, best coast.

  6. tedmurph says: Oct 16, 2016 3:40 PM

    West coast, best coast.

    Maybe someday someone will buy you a bus ticket so you can see it.

  7. Flash1287 says: Oct 16, 2016 4:06 PM

    12thmangohawks says:
    Oct 16, 2016 3:26 PM
    The only thing worse than the pats are their fans. Worst ever. Ick. But how much can you expect out of the north east?

    This crybaby is still not over that 4th q in the SB

  8. footballfan58 says: Oct 16, 2016 7:08 PM

    12thmangohawks says:

    The only thing worse than the pats are their fans. Worst ever. Ick. But how much can you expect out of the north east?
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    And yet you keep reading their articles and taking the time to comment on them. You must care on a deep level to keep coming back.

  9. csb28 says: Oct 16, 2016 7:37 PM

    12thmangohawks

    Ask yourself why you are dominating the comments on an article about the Pats. I feel your pain and feel sorry for you.

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