CINCINNATI, OH -- The Bengals may have home field advantage over the Patriots this weekend, but both teams will have to battle the elements. A steady rain is falling two hours before kickoff and the forecast calls for the weather to get worse before it gets better. Thunderstorms are expected to hit Cincinnati around noon. A 13-14 mile per hour wind is already buffeting the flags that sit atop the field goal posts.
Ball security could be an issue.
Several Patriots and a few Bengals players have appeared for warmups New England's specialists, Stephen Gostkowski, Ryan Allen, and Danny Aiken were out especially early to get a better idea of the field conditions. Tommy Kelly, hood up over his head, also came out for a jog.
"I hope it stays like this all day," the defensive lineman told CSN's Mike Giardi.
Cincinnati would hop above .500 with a win. The Patriots look to remain perfect through five games. This weekend is New England's second of three on the road this month.