Tom Brady and the New England Patriots have been winning ugly all season. Until Sunday. Brady has thrown a touchdown pass in 52 consecutive games. Until Sunday. On Sunday the Cincinnati Bengals beat down Brady and his Patriots, holding them to a pair of field goals and making life miserable for Brady.
New England allowed a sack on their first pass attempt and Brady was sacked four times in all. He was harassed all afternoon.”We knew we were going to have our hands full, but we were able to get to Brady on the second play,” defensive tackle Demata Peka said. “After that, you could see he was a little shaky. If you hit somebody enough, they’re going to make mistakes.” Finally someone exposed New England and their sub-par wide receivers group. Up until now New England has been making it work. But without their usual array of targets the Patriots couldn’t pull the rabbit out of the hat. You can bet opponents will be watching the tape to see just how Cincinnati managed to contain this offense, holding them without a touchdown for the first time in four seasons.
New England now has to look forward to meeting up with the New Orleans Saints next week, the lone undefeated team in the NFC. It’s been a long time since the Patriots lost back to back games. With the way Rob Ryan has his defense playing, Brady may be in for another long afternoon.Eric Drouant