Game Notes: Patriots vs. Bengals

Game Notes: Patriots vs. Bengals
October 6, 2013, 11:00 am
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TV ANNOUNCERS: Greg Gumbel, Dan Dierfdorf

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RADIO ANNOUNCERS: Bob Socci and Scott Zolak


LAST MEETING: Patriots 38, Bengals 24 on Sept. 12, 2010 at Gillette Stadium

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-- The Patriots are 15-5 against AFC North teams since the 2002 realignment, including 4-0 against Cincinnati.

-- The Patriots have scored more than 30 points in each of their last four meetings against the Bengals, dating back to 2004.

-- The Patriots are 35-7 in October games since 2003, including 15-6 on the road.

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-- With a victory over the Bengals, Bill Belichick will move past Chuck Noll and into sole possession of fifth place in the list of career victories by NFL head coaches. Belichick has a career record of 209-109-0; Noll's record is 209-156-1.

-- With one touchdown pass against the Bengals, Tom Brady will extend his streak to 53 straight games with at least one touchdown pass and continue his second-longest streak of all time, behind Drew Brees (54).

-- Brady, with 341 career touchdown passes, needs one more to move into a tie for fourth place all-time with Fran Tarkenton..

-- Julian Edelman needs one more punt return for a touchdown to set the team mark with his fourth punt returned for a touchdown. He is tied with Irving Fryar and Troy Brown with three returns for a touchdown.

-- Edelman needs at least seven receptions against Cincinnati for his fifth straight game with seven or more receptions. If he reaches that mark, he will tie an NFL record for most consecutive games to start a season with at least seven receptions. It has happened many times in NFL history, most recently by T.J. Houshmandzadeh and Derrick Mason in 2007.

-- Stephen Gostkowski is tied with Adam Vinatieri for the team lead with eight career 50-yard field goals and needs one more to become the team’s all-time leader.

-- The Patriots have forced a turnover in 31 straight games dating back to 2011, and including all 16 regular-season games of 2012. The NFL record for most consecutive games with a turnover since the merger in 1970 is 71 by Philadelphia from 1985-90.

-- A win over Cincinnati will give the Patriots their first 5-0 start since 2007, and will be the fourth time in franchise history they will have started a season 5-0.